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1. Posted by _winston_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

hello guys!
does anyone know where the best snorkelling in Indonesia is?
I went to Sulawesi (togian Islands) as a boy and I loved it....but this time Im flying in to Bali and then have to go to Jakarta etc towards Kuala lumpur (flying from suamatra i think) and I dont really have much time...
is there anywhere else in indonesia where the snorkelling and diving is as nice as in Sulawesi? (i loved it there! not too many tourists...clear water and heaps to see)
Ill be thankful for any ideas ir tips!

2. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

I did some snorkelling in Bunaken, by far the most beautiful place I've ever snorkelled.

But the drop off at Gili Air (Lombok) is pretty good as well!!


3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y

I've snorkelled Gili Meno quite a few times and has always been good. Turtles and wreck beside Bounty jetty on west side facing Gili Trawangan and good drop on east side facing Gili Air. Any Gili island should provide good snorkelling.
Spent a few days in NW Bali close to Gilimanuk (ferry to Java) and snorkelled Menjangan island which is in a marine park. Another good drop and lotsa fish but a bit of a trek from Kuta unless you are travelling overland to Java.
You could spend some time on Nusa Lembongan (very laid back island between Bali and Lombok with good surf breaks) and snorkel Nusa Penida which is closed by. That was pretty good last time I was there. Boat drops at you one end of the cliff and the current drifts you slowly along it right above the coral. Saw a massive manta ray gliding on the surface a few years ago and that was awesome.
Two places on Bali I have heard good things about snorkelling are Amed and Padang Bai Blue Lagoon? on the east coast. Padang Bai is the closest to Kuta/airport if you are short on time.
Never tried these yet but maybe next trip.

Enjoy to the max.


4. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

When I was in Padangbai (port to Lombok), the snorkelling wasn't that fantastic. Every now and then the sea can be very wild, with huge waves and bad visibility as a result...

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y

Hi Yvekes,
Thanks for the personal experience of Padangbai.
Looking at Amed for the next snorkelling trip to Bali.


6. Posted by _winston_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

hey guys! thanks a lot for your replies! Im definetily going to check out the places you told me about!
nusa seems good since I want to do some surfing as well =)

7. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 7y

Pulau Weh off Banda Aceh would be a great choice and one can fly from Banda Aceh to and from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia. I spent 3 days on Pulau Weh in November 2006, did not dive but went snorkeling and loved it.
Check out this diving site for all the particulars on how to get to Banda Aceh, the ferry times etc.
There is another dive site lumba lumba but the link is broken at the moment.
Here are some blogs from travellers to Pulau Weh you might find interesting to read.