Sublime snorkelling from shore in southeast Asia?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 15, 2012 6:43 PM Last Post By: nikki_m
Oct 31, 2011 1:24 PM
Sublime snorkelling from shore in southeast Asia?This question is for the snorkelling fanatics out there. I am very fortunate to have January off, which I plan to spend on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to southeast Asia (starting at Singapore).
I'd like to orient my trip around snorkelling. I'm willing to go anywhere as long as it's fairly accessible from Singapore (including by air). I've got my own gear.
Do you personally know of any incredible places that can support a week or more of snorkelling by an advanced, highly exploratory snorkeller? I'm looking for sublime places where a large healthy reef almost surfaces close to shore (ie 2-4 metres deep).
I know SE Asia is huge, but I have to start somewhere, right?
I'm looking for a place where I can see filefish, cowfish, angelfish, triggerfish, midnight parrotfish, octopus, squid, turtles, sharks, rays, snappers, shells, and more.
I enjoy it most if the snorkelling is free. So please no expensive dive resorts, places where you have to hire a boat, "snorkel cruises", or anything like that. However, taking a cheap ferry to get to the spot is fine. I do dive, but I prefer snorkelling.
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I hope some of you can set me on the right path.
Nov 2, 2011 6:47 AM
2The reefs around Apo Island in the Philippines are sublime and in great condition. Ideal for snorkelling as they are shallow and close to shore. Palau Weh off Sumatra is also well suited to snorkellers. Then there's some pretty good snorkelling around islands in the Andaman Sea, such as Ko Phi Phi and Ko Bida. You really need to hire a boat there though and spend a full day stopping off at different snorkelling spots.
Nov 2, 2011 7:01 AM
Nov 3, 2011 2:18 AM
4Providing the weather is good in January- I'd recommend Bunaken Island offshore from Manado, Sulawesi.(Indonesia)
There's more than 300 species of coral, 3,000 species of fish and some of the healthiest reefs in the world. Best part
is you can skin dive from the eastern shore off Pangalisang beach to some 5-star sites, or join dive boats for about
5 to 10 euros to get to more distant sites.
Nov 3, 2011 2:34 AM
Nov 6, 2011 7:19 AM
Nov 7, 2011 11:22 PM
7I think Raja Ampat, Bunaken, and the Banda Islands maybe even Sipandan are the best for world class snorkeling. To be fair, I have not been to any of these places.
Of the places that I have been, Pulau Redang (Long Beach) is really good for snorkeling.
If you are in Thailand, do check out Koh Lipe and I heard Similan is really for for snorkeling too.
If you have to choose just ONE place. I would say KOH TAO! There are lots of beautiful corals of the shore there. Only thing is there are not a lot of fishes. Redang has LOTS of fishes.
My 2 cents from my previous visits. Have fun!
Nov 23, 2011 5:22 AM
Feb 15, 2012 6:43 PM
10you may have already been and come back but if not my vote goes to Similan islands in Thailand! really great snorkelling, no resorts, mostly tents and a beautiful tropical beach too! although there are often lots of daytrippers in the middle of the day you could spend that time out (on cheap, local snorkelling trips) and then the main island is yours before around 11am and after 3pm or so..
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