Raja Ampat – Indonesiariley
Experts say it’s hard to find anywhere else in the world that compares to Raja Amput for snorkelling. Given it’s got the world’s greatest concentration of marine life for a region of its size and 75% of all known coral species in the world can be found there. It is indeed a snorkeler’s paradise.
A marine oasis with more than 1,000 different species of fish, sea turtles, sharks and manta rays Its isolated location means you will not be joining dozens of other snorkelers in the water. You will have the stunning marine landscape to snorkel in relative solitude. Bliss.
The waters of this archipelago are made up of 50,000 square kilometres of islands and water.
Raja Amput has long since been thought of as a hot spot for divers and underwater photographers. However by donning a simple mask fins and snorkel its charm and beauty are accessible to everyone.
Most accommodation offers snorkelling equipment for hire but its’ best to take you own and also if you wear glasses or contact lenses invest in a prescription mask.
Tips for Safe Snorkeling at Raja Amput.
It’s worth noting a few safety issues to be aware of when swimming or snorkeling in Raja Ampat…
- Currents: Some places have strong currents when tides are running. Fins are a must for snorkelling. Keep checking your position relative to the shore – especially if you don’t have a guide. Snorkelling conditions can change quickly so stay aware.
- Reef protection: Look. Don’t touch! This includes walking over coral to enter the water. As well as the damage done to corals by handling or crushing underfoot, coral grazes or cuts are notoriously prone to becoming infected. Some species can also sting you quite badly. You shouldn’t attempt to handle any kind of marine life. There are many small and pretty animals on the reef that can do you a lot of harm. Blue-ring octopus, cone shells, lionfish – it’s a long list. They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.
- Sunburn: Sunscreen and/or lycra protection is a must. Snorkelling in Raja Ampat is so good that a couple of hours can go by like a blink of the eye. Even wearing a old T shirt in the water can help protect your back You’ll never regret the snorkeling, but will regret being burnt so badly you have to stop.
- Dehydration: Be aware that you can become dehydrated whilst snorkelling Remember to drink!