3 June, 2024

By Abd. Wahab 

Snorkeling in Raja Ampat should be on your bucket list if you love underwater adventures or are an ocean lover. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is one of the most biodiverse marine life and coral reefs, and it is widely considered one of the best snorkeling destinations in Indonesia and the world. 

Some of the Best Snorkeling Sites in Raja Ampat  

Raja Ampat is heaven for every underwater enthusiast. Everywhere you look, there’s a whole world under the water. If you dream to go for snorkeling in Raja Ampat, here are some of the best underwater spots you can go to: 

Yenbuba 

Raja ampat snorkeling at Yenbuba

Visiting Yenbuba is like stepping into another world. Living up to its nickname, the Fishbowl, this spot is like a giant bowl filled with colorful fish. There are so many species of fish from the small ones to the big ones. You can float there peacefully, surrounded by these amazing underwater creatures. 

Kapatcol 

Kapatcol is a fantastic playground for underwater photographers. Colorful corals grow everywhere, from the shallows to the deep areas, where you can find groups of fusiliers, silversides, and sometimes moray eels outside of their dens.  

Hiriuli 

snorkeling raja ampat at Hiriuli

Hiriuli is a perfect place for beach time where you can relax under the warm sunlight or enjoy a nice beach party. But the coolest part is the underwater world around the area. Once you jump into the water, you will encounter tons of fish swimming around in all sorts of colors, making it like a real-life underwater party. 

What You Can See When Snorkeling in Raja Ampat  

Once you jump into the water, be prepared to encounter lots of marine species. Below Raja Ampat’s water surface lies 75% of the world’s coral species, 13 marine mammal species, 5 of 7 sea turtle species, and over 1000 fish species. 

The moment you plunge into the water, you’ll always be able to float on the water’s surface, surrounded by a school of colorful fish. If you’re lucky, you can encounter iconic species like Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Sea Turtles, and rare sightings like the Epaulette Shark.  

What to Prepare for Snorkeling in Raja Ampat  

Before you pack your bag and head out to snorkel in Raja Ampat, there are a few things to keep in mind or things to bring when you cruise with SeaTrek: 

  • Snorkeling Gear: Unlike scuba diving, you don’t need much gear, like scuba tanks, etc. All you need is a snorkel mask and fins. But you don’t have to rent or bring your snorkeling gear because at SeaTrek, we provide everything you need for snorkeling. We have two types of snorkeling masks, the full-face and the traditional. Various sizes of fins are available for you to pick. 
  • Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Once you go snorkeling, you will spend a lot of time in the sun. Using sunscreen will help protect your skin from sunburn. Make sure you use reef-safe sunscreen so you can enjoy snorkeling without harming the corals. If you don’t have one, there is no need to worry, because we also provide reef-safe sunscreen on the boat. 
  • Swimwear: Pack your comfortable swimwear. You can bring more than one, so you have an extra while waiting for the other one to dry. 
  • Camera Equipment: Raja Ampat is heaven for underwater photographer enthusiasts. You might want to document all your experiences and the beautiful things you find under the water surface of Raja Ampat. 

Best Time to Snorkel in Raja Ampat  

Raja Ampat is available for visit all year round, but the best time to snorkel in Raja Ampat is during the dry season, around October to January. During this time, you will get the best conditions for Raja Ampat underwater, experience calm water, clear visibility, and comfortable warm water temperatures, making your snorkeling adventure even more enjoyable. 

Choose Your Snorkeling Cruise in Raja Ampat

If you want to explore the true underwater beauty of Raja Ampat, the best way is by joining a liveaboard snorkeling cruise. This floating hotel will provide comfortable accommodations and give you access to the hidden gems of Raja Ampat. 

At SeaTrek, we offer unforgettable Raja Ampat snorkeling adventures aboard our traditional wooden phinisi ship. Our all-Indonesian crew will guide you to the best snorkeling sites and are always ready to give you the best experience onboard. 

Our tour leaders are knowledgeable snorkeling experts who can show and introduce you to all the marine life you can find under the surface. Also, if you are a beginner, they are always happy to give you a free snorkeling lesson and will make sure you feel comfortable in the water. 

Plan Your Raja Ampat Snorkeling Trip  

Ready to take a plunge into your unforgettable underwater experience in Raja Ampat? Explore our available trip or contact us today, and we will help you plan your Raja Ampat snorkeling trip.