The diversity of life found in the Raja Ampat archipelago is nothing short of stunning. More than 600 Mollusc and Coral species can be seen on a snorkel trip here, as well as over 1200 fish species. There's the full range of hard and soft corals, in every colour and shape imaginable, supporting huge schools of reef fish and all their associated predators. Snorkeling trips to Raja Ampat will commonly feature regular shark sitings, including the docile Wobbegong. Large groups of Turtles and Manta Rays are often seen in several snorkel sites, a favourite for many visitors. Sociable dolphins are also resident in many areas across the archipelago, always happy to interact with those snorkeling amongst them. There's an incredible range of not just life in Raja Ampat, but also in the snorkel sites, featuring everything from tiny macro creatures, such as Pygmy Seahorses, to some of the largest animals found in our oceans - including Whales at the correct time of year.
Snorkeling in Raja Ampat is possible all year round, although some seasonal changes mean that it's not all accessible all at the same time. West Papua is perhaps the one region where underwater action happens all the time. Dive and snorkel boats often visit Cendrawasih Bay, a sheltered spot where Whale Sharks are consistently seen throughout the year. October through till April is the busiest time snorkeling wise for Raja Ampat, when conditions allow exploration of the majority of snorkel sites in the area, and when Manta Ray numbers are at their greatest due to the high levels of Plankton. Between July and September, the weather and water conditions can be a little less reliable, when the seas can be rougher due to winds and rain. That said, several operators still run during this time, and due to the lower numbers of tourists can appeal to some people. Water temperatures in Raja Ampat are always pleasant, ranging from 27 to 30 degrees Celcius.
Join a snorkeling tour for an incredible snorkeling adventure aboard a traditional speedboat. Your adventure begins when you board the speedboat for a scenic cruise to the crystal clear spot near Sareni location. Upon arrival to the snorkeling site, you will be briefed by our staff and then begin your incredible underwater adventure. You can snorkel over beautiful tropical reefs while enjoying the colorful fish, corals, and amazing green sea turtles of Raja Ampat. You can also do snorkeling around the cove in front of your room or around the pier. Just a jump away!