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Top 5 Snorkeling Spot in Indonesia

Article Snorkeling Best of Indonesia

As a maritime country, Indonesia has a seemingly endless array of beautiful beaches. From Sabang to Merauke, you can discover many beautiful waters that are perfect for snorkeling. For you who are looking for underwater paradise beauty, here are 5 best snorkeling spots on your bucket list.

1. Karimunjawa

One of the best snorkeling spot in Indonesia is in the Karimunjawa area. There are many best snorkeling locations in Karimunjawa, including: Cemara Island, Tanjung Gelam Island, Cilik Island and Menjangan Kecil Island. These snorkeling spots have calm and clear seas with rows of beautiful coral reefs.

You will witness 90 types of coral, 240 types of fish and other marine life underwater, and you can even experience a unique shark diving experience.

Karimunjawa is an archipelago in the Central Java region that has a land area of about 1,500 hectares and a water area of 110,000 hectares. Visit Karimunjawa for one of the best diving and snorkeling spot in Indonesia.

2. Bali

Bali is one of the islands in Indonesia that attracts the most tourists both domestically and abroad. Bali is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Many tourists come to Bali to enjoy its beaches. Nusa Penida is one the most visited place in Bali.  

According to the Coral Triangel Center website, there are 296 species of coral reefs and 576 species of reef fish in the Nusa Penida waters. Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is more widely known to tourists as a white sand beach tourist destination on the island of Nusa Penida. The sea waters of Crystal Bay beach are very calm.

The best way to Crystal Bay Nusa Penida from southern Bali is from Sanur beach harbor. You will take a speed boat to Toya Pakeh harbor, with speed boat tickets costing around IDR 150,000 / adult, IDR 125,000 / child (one way). If you want the convenience of traveling to Nusa Penida Island from the island of Bali, you can also book a tour package to Nusa Penida

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3. Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat with its million beauties is able to fascinate the locals or the tourist when visiting Raja Ampat island, It’s located in the easternmost region of Indonesia.

Kri Island, this island is arguably one of the hidden pearls in Raja Ampat. The clear and clean sea water makes it easy for divers to see and witness the beautiful pieces of coral reef and the beautiful beach. On Kri Island, there are at least 374 species of fish and coral reefs, ranging from barracuda, various types of jacks, batfish, snappers, groupers, to green turtles. However, the most 'targeted' by tourists are the sharks at Cape Kri, because here tourists can swim with sharks and fish without the hassle of diving to the bottom of the sea.

Access to Kri Island is also fairly easy. You can travel by plane to Sorong. Then from Sorong, you have to take the ferry to Waisai (100 000 rupiah per person / about 6€).

4. Maluku

Maluku is one the most beautiful destination to snorkeling. Ora beach is located on Seram island, north seam district in Central Maluku. This beach offers the beauty of corals and marine animals that are still beautiful. Not only snorkeling, there are many activities you can do here  such as diving or just sunbathing.

You can witness the underwater beauty of Ora Beach. To get to this beach, you have to cross to Amahay Harbor in Masohi City, Seram Island from Tulehu Harbor in Central Maluku. You can use the boat by spending starting from IDR 100.000. 

5 . Manado

Manado known for the best Indonesian underwater view. Bunaken National Park is a marine park inhabited by 390 species of coral reefs, 90 species of fish, and mollusks. The park covers the islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Siladen, and Nain, with a total area of 89,065 hectares.

The diversity of underwater biota in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world can be enjoyed not only by diving, but also just snorkeling.

Bunaken Marine Park is also one of the seas with the highest marine biodiversity in the world. Beautiful coral reefs with various shapes and colors, and rich marine life, such as sharks, marlin, tuna, snapper, to ancient fish kingfishers also adorn this marine park.

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