The Most Spectacular Spots in Indonesia for Snorkeling Posted on September 13, 2019September 13, 2019 by Pepe De Wee Menjangan Islands Bali Indonesia – which is surrounded by Hindia Ocean and the Pacific Ocean – is a paradise for those who are looking for the best spots in the world for snorkeling. If you explore further, you will find hidden paradises in the country where you can snorkel while enjoying fantastic views. Here are the best tourist destinations in Indonesia for your snorkeling vacations. Check this out! #1. Menjangan Island Being located in Bali, Menjangan is considered to be one of the most pristine dive destinations on the island. It is situated off the coast of West Bali National Park, the home of the island’s most preserved flora and fauna. Menjangan Island is particularly popular with its superb variety of uncrowded reefs. Among the reefs, it is Pos Dua that becomes the most famous snorkeling spots for tourists. It has incredible visibility that reaches 40 meters or more. The snorkeling spot is spectacular since it features a shallow reef with a remarkable white sand beach. You will be able to view a fantastic underwater canyon adjoining a coral-encrusted wall simply by taking a short swim on the beach. The wall is completely covered by swarming and hard coral full of adorable colorful fish. You can get to the Menjangan Island by tour boats that are regularly used to drop off snorkelers and divers. The boats that will take you to the island will depart from Pemuteran which is located on the north-western coast of Bali. You can also find luxury resorts in the area. This is the only place nearby Menjangan Island where you can find a place to stay overnight. #2. Wakatobi If you want to visit Indonesia for snorkeling, do not skip this island from your list. This tourist destination has one of the most jaw-dropping and pristine reef systems in the country. Wakatobi is also very popular among tourists for its sheer variety of fish species and corals. Additionally, the remote location of the island makes this tourist spot becomes one of the best places where you can find privacy for your snorkeling vacation. Wakatobi is situated in Southeast Sulawesi and considered to be the chain of four main islands that include Kadelupa, Binonko, Tomion, and Wangi-Wangi. You will be required to take a flight from Wangi-Wangi if you want to get to Wakatobi. This is the only transportation you can use to reach the island. It will take an hour to reach Wakatobi from Sulawesi. However, you will get your reward once you put your step on it. With the water temperature that reaches 250C-290C or 80F to 84F, the island offers one of the most stunning underwater views in the world. #3. Raja Ampat Raja Ampat is located in West Papua and a relatively new snorkeling spot in Indonesia. However, the underwater life offered is unbeatable. The tourist destination is also popular as “Crown Jewel” of the Coral Triangle due to its spectacular scuba diving views. There are about 550 distinctive coral species you can find in the region. This is about 75% of coral species that are known in the world. The percentage is even ten times the number that you can find in the Caribbean. This is also one of the best places for you who love marine life. You can find over 1000 different species of coral fish that you can easily see in the shallow reefs. Furthermore, the water in Raja Ampat is so clear and clean. In this way, you will be able to see corals easily under the shallow surface. The best time to visit the snorkeling spot is from October to April. This is when the island enters the dry season and the visibility to the underwater is at the highest level. However, the visibility level will drop from June to August. There are two most common ways that people use to reach Raja Ampat. You can either book a land-based accommodation or join a liveaboard. #4. Lipah Bay Another best snorkel spot you can find in Indonesia is Lipah Bay. The main attraction of this tourist destination is the wrecked Japanese patrol boat used in the Second World War. The top of the wrecked boat reaches only 6 meters in depth. If you are lucky enough, you can see most of it from the surface. Meanwhile, the bottom of the wrecked patrol boat that reaches 12 meters deep has turned to be one of the tourists’ favorite spots for diving. It is covered by corals can be found on its shallow part and becomes the home of a wide range of fish, octopus, crabs, as well as other tropical critters. Lipah Bay is also popular for its tranquil black sand bay that is located not far from Amed. It is a quiet resort where a variety of fish, as well as soft and hard corals, can be easily found. One of the best things about snorkeling in Lipah Bay is that it is suitable for snorkelers with all experience levels. You can even snorkel in the crystal-clear sapphire waters of the area without a guide safely. #5. Bangka Island One of the best places for snorkeling you should not skip from your agenda when you visit Indonesia is Bangka. Being located in northern Sulawesi, the island comes with amazing marine life and pristine white beaches that will be a paradise for snorkelers. You can even find incredible coral reefs just off of the shore. If you go down to the deep of the waters, you will find colorful fish and corals of all sizes and shapes. The best time for you to snorkel in the area is from April to December. This is when the weather is fine, giving you the best visibility to see its marine life. This is also the time when the temperature of the waters reaches 270C to 300C. So, this will be very comfortable for you to swim in the waters. If you plan to stay for a few days to explore the island’s marine life, you can stay in the beachside bungalows nearby.