Raja Ampat has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top diving and underwater photography destinations in the world, but the snorkeling in Raja Ampat is also world-class. The diversity of habitats and marine life found in the ocean’s upper few meters is incredible. Even better, most hotels in Raja Ampat have excellent snorkeling right outside their doors. Almost everything that can be seen diving in Raja Ampat can also be seen snorkeling. The favorite way that many tourists take to explore diving and snorkeling spots is joining the Raja Ampat liveaboard. Staying for days on the boat, reaching many spots without wasting time.
Raja Ampat Liveaboard – Safe Snorkeling
When swimming or snorkeling at Raja Ampat, there are a few things to keep in mind.
When the tides are running, most sites have exceptionally strong currents. If you don’t want to be a cork in the stream, you’ll need fins. If you don’t have a guide, keep checking your position in relation to the shore. Conditions can soon alter.
Reef preservation: Take a look. Please don’t touch! This entails crossing coral to get into the sea. Coral grazes or wounds are notoriously prone to becoming infected, in addition to the damage caused by handling or crushing underfoot. Some species can also cause severe stings. You should avoid handling any type of marine life. On the reef, there are many small and attractive critters that can do serious harm to you. It’s a huge list: blue-ring octopus, cone shells, and lionfish.
Hazards posed by marine animals are discussed in further detail in our health and medical FAQ. The only animals you’re likely to have an issue with are jellyfish if you follow the “don’t touch” rule. Many of them are practically undetectable. Wearing a lycra skinsuit is the greatest way to protect oneself from these and other major risks in Raja Ampat.
Sunburn: Wear sunscreen and/or lycra to avoid becoming sunburned. Raja Ampat liveaboard snorkeling is so enjoyable that a few hours might pass in the blink of an eye. You’ll never regret snorkeling, but you’ll always regret being so badly fried that you had to stop.
Dehydration: It may seem counterintuitive to become dehydrated after spending all day in the water, but it is possible. Don’t forget to drink!
Batanta is a snorkeling paradise.
At Batanta, all of the homestays enjoy excellent snorkeling right outside the door. Batanta’s reefs are just as rich and pure as West Waigeo’s, and the region’s seagrass plains provide additional attractions. There are even dugongs!