Raja Ampat has a deserved reputation as one of the best places in the world for diving and underwater photography, but the snorkeling in Raja Ampat is also among the world’s best.
Arguably possessing some of our blue planet’s best dive sites, Indonesia offers unparalleled diving adventures and is home to an extensive quantity of marine life. One of these dive sites includes Raja Ampat in the island of Papua.
Raja Ampat is geographically located in the hub of the world’s Coral Triangle, a marine area supporting 2000 species of reef fish, 600 species of coral reef, and nurtures the worlds 7 sea turtle species. The staggering marine biodiversity in Raja Ampat has made diving in this island the most talked about activity in Indonesia.
The range of habitats and marine life in the ocean’s top few meters is just astounding. Even better, most accommodation in Raja Ampat has fantastic snorkeling available right at the door. Virtually everything you can see diving in Raja Ampat can also be found at snorkeling depths.
Some homestays offer snorkeling equipment for hire, but it’s best to take your own, you won’t want the experience diminished by ill fitting fins or leaking masks. Remember it’s worth noting a few safety issues to be aware of when swimming or snorkeling in Raja Ampat.
Snorkeling with stingless jellyfish in Misool
What it feels like to swim amongst hundreds of stingless jellyfish. You may think it isn’t possible because this particular ocean beast is recognized for its painful as well as dangerous sting.
However, among the many several fascinating miracles from the Indonesian archipelago, there will be places like Lake Lenmakana in Misool, Raja Ampat, where one can truly swim with one of these superb creatures and not have to worry.
Lake Lenmakana is great for non-divers who are hungry for more than just eye candy. While the destination may be amazing, so is the trip. To arrive at the actual lagoon, you have to trek as well as hike via an exceptionally difficult path.
Only have been discovered a few years ago, this lake is best visiting at noon when the waters are glowing with thousands of golden jellyfish. The temperature of the water is also warm, making it a comfortable time to go for a dip. These jellyfish are fragile, so as long as you treat these creatures gently and respect their home, you can swim with them wholeheartedly.
5 Important things before snorkeling in Raja Ampat
Most places have extremely strong currents when tides are running. Fins are a must if you don’t want to be a cork in the stream. Keep checking your position relative to the shore, especially if you don;t have a guide. Conditions can change quickly.
Look. Don’t touch! That 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.
Marine animal hazards
There’s a more in depth look at this subject in our health and medical FAQ. As long as you follow the “don’t touch” rule the only animals you’re likely to have a problem with are jellyfish. Many of them are virtually invisible. Wearing a lycra skin suit is the best method of protecting yourself.
Sunscreen and/or lycra protection is a must. Snorkeling in Raja Ampat is so good that a couple of hours can go by like a blink of the eye. You’ll never regret the snorkeling, but you’re bound to regret being fried so badly you have to stop.
It seems wrong that you can become dehydrated while spending all day in the water, but you can. Remember to drink!
If you like to get off the beaten track and the idea of snorkeling in the pristine reefs, 8elapan Trip is for you. See their Instagram feed for prices, date, and other gallery of snorkeling trip Raja Ampat photos and videos.