>> Mar 19, 2014
Have you ever tried snorkeling? I’d like to have my first experience one day but neither I nor my husband has good swimming skill. Anyway, snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while prepared with a diving mask, a shaped tube named a snorkel and fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be used. With this equipment, snorkelers allow to view underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort (source:Wikipedia).
The main appeal is the chance to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the intricate tools and training needed for scuba diving. It may attract all ages.
Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, mostly at tropical resorts and scuba diving locations. Indonesia is an archipelago; we have lots of beaches here. From many coastal areas in Indonesia which are often used as snorkeling spots, it seems that every snorkeler has their best version. I read an article in a magazine and here are some favorite snorkeling places in Indonesia: Menjangan Island in Bali, Ora Beach in North Seram, Bunaken Island in Manado-North Sulawesi, Selayar Island in South Sulawesi, Pink Beach in Flores, Lagon Cabe in Krakatau, Umang Island in Banten and Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua.
I share photos of Raja Ampat, West Papua captured by a friend, Fitri, who visited this place last year. She really loves the beauty of Raja Ampat.
|Fitri surrounded by jellyfish. Lots of them!|
|Clear blue water and unique-shaped rocks. Click to enlarge.|
Raja Ampat Islands is a series of four adjacent group of islands located in the western part of the Bird's Head (Vogelkoop) of Papua Island. Administratively, this cluster is under the Raja Ampat, West Papua Province. The islands are now a favorite destination for snorkelers and divers who interested in the beauty of the underwater scenery. The four islands named by the four biggest islands, namely Waigeo Island, Misool Island, Salawati Island, and Batanta Island.