Offshore snorkeling with nearby cheap but decent accomodation
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 22, 2013 6:06 AM Last Post By: PaganLA
Apr 20, 2013 6:07 AM
Offshore snorkeling with nearby cheap but decent accomodationI am a snorkeling nut who is a strong swimmer. I have snorkeled mostly in Asia but other regions,too. Many of the places I have been to and maybe have changed. For example,there was a place in Indonesia where once it was spectacular. When I returned 3 years later,the coral was "totally" bleached. Nothing makes me more happy than to rent a cheap,fairly clean place,take a bit of a walk then swim out to a colorful reef with plenty of fish varieties. What I do not like is having to hire a boat ($20+) or join a group. I can swim long distances in fairly rough waters. Bottomline--if it is not offshore,I am not interested!
I prefer to rent a room or a small cottage for a week or two (with decent food within a short distance). My mornings would be snorkeling and my afternoons would be drinking a beer or two with other tourists or locals or just relaxing on a veranda with a book. I would very much appreciate any destination ideas along with any details about what to see in the snorkelling. Expense info would also be very helpful if you recall!
Apr 20, 2013 6:39 AM
Apr 20, 2013 4:35 PM
2Also in the Philippines you could have a look at the Dauin area on Negros Island. We stayed at the El Dorado Beach Resort, a 10-15 minute walk to the marine sanctuary in Dauin with great snorkeling off the beach. The resort caters mainly to divers heading to Apo Island, has a variety of accommodation options, good food and a brown sand beach for relaxing. Apo Island is also another option as you can also stay there and enjoy the snorkeling- we found the coral to be better here than in Dauin but enjoyed the fish life more at Dauin. On our way to the sanctuary we also passed a number of places that are available for rent - you could also check that out. Just an added note - we did this in 2008 and returned again in 2009. As you have noted conditions can change so you might want to get more up to date information. Hope this helps!
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Apr 28, 2013 4:28 AM
7Perhentian Besar Malaysia was nice for snorkelling. If you stay pretty central on the West coast you can easily walk to several beaches for a variety of snorkelling including to beaches where snorkelling trip boats stop. Giant bumphead parrot fish, turtles, shark and allsorts in between.
Just for comparison sakes, I have also stayed at El Dorado Resort in Dauin as #2 mentioned. IMO Perhentian snorkelling was better
May 16, 2013 9:34 AM
8Dahab egypt is really nice, you can drift snorkel! lot's of healthy coral, good variety of fish, cheap rooms (although maybe that was only during the peak of the revolution...) pretty cool contrasts, desert, mountains and multicolor reef. For us it was even better than Moaboal in the philippines although it is very good there also.
Jul 22, 2013 6:06 AM
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