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This site is my personal account of off-the-beach snorkelling in locations where I’ve done it. The idea is to give a detailed, objective review of each snorkelling ‘site’ showing the type and condition of the corals and other sea-life there.

 

THAILAND:
ADANG
ANG THONG
BULON LAY
BULON LAY ENVIRONS
PHAYAM
KRADAN
LANTA
LIBONG
LIPE
LIPE ENVIRONS
PHA NGAN
PHI PHI
NGAI (HAI)
MOOK
RAWI
SIMILANS
SURINS
TAO
TARUTAO
TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK (general information)
WAIRN/CHEUAK/MAA

MALAYSIA:
KAPAS
PERHENTIAN
PERHENTIAN ENVIRONS
REDANG
TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN NATIONAL PARK (off Kota Kinabalu):
.. GENERAL
.. MAMUTIK
.. MANUKAN
.. SAPI
TUN SAKARAN NATIONAL PARK:
.. GENERAL
.. KAPALAI
.. MALBUL
.. SIPADAN

INDONESIA:
ALOR, NUSA TENGGARA
BALI, NUSA TENGGARA
BANDA ISLANDS, MALUKU
BUNAKEN, SULAWESI
GILI ISLANDS, NW LOMBOK
LEASE ISLANDS, MALUKU
LEMBEH STRAIT, SULAWESI
NUSA LEMBONGAN (&PENIDA), BALI
RAJA AMPAT, WEST PAPUA
SANGIHE, SULAWESI
SERAYA, FLORES
TANJUNG KARANG, PALU, SULAWESI
TOGEANS, SULAWESI
WAKATOBI, SULAWESI (Wangi wangi, Kaledupa, Hoga, Tomia, Binongko)
WEH (SABANG), SUMATRA

PHILIPPINES:
ALONA BEACH, BOHOL
APO ISLAND, NEGROS
APO REEF, SABLAYAN, MINDORO
BALICASAG, ALONA, BOHOL
CABILAO, BOHOL
CORON, PALAWAN
EL NIDO, PALAWAN 
HONDA BAY (PUERTO PRINCESCA), PALAWAN
OSLOB, CEBU ISLAND
PUNTA BALLO, NEGROS
MOALBOAL, CEBU ISLAND
NEGROS (SOUTH)
PANDAN ISLANDS, SABLAYAN, MINDORO
PORT BARTON, PALAWAN
PUERTO PRINCESCA (HONDA BAY), PALAWAN
SABANG, PUERTO GALLERA, MINDORO
SIQUIJOR, NEGROS
SUGAR BEACH, NEGROS
WHITE BEACH, MOALBOAL, CEBU

Entries without hotlinks are still being written-up.

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GENERAL INFORMATION:
More information on the different species pictured on this site.
A glossary of unusual terms used in the narrative.
Camera chat
Scared about sharks? – read this.
Environment
Safety tips, in, under and near the water
Dive site maps
Tips on snorkeling expeditions using kayaks

 

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About:

Each page has a map of the areas I have checked-out. The articles have photos and narrative about the areas shown on the map.

There is also some basic information about what it’s like on the surface (accommodation, transportation, etc).

The photos are mostly thumbnails. All images on this site expand to bigger versions if you click on them.

Don’t expect to find anything about places that cost $1000 to stay at. I can’t afford those. This site is about-off-the-beach snorkelling, mainly because it is cheap and easy to do. Occasionally, I’ll include stuff about a day-trip snorkelling boat trip, if it’s worthwhile and cheap.

Units of measure are in the metric system. One kilometre (km) is about half a mile. One metre (m) is about three feet.

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If you have comments, please post them at the bottom of the relevant article.

If you want to take me to dinner or court, best start by emailing whatsthesnorkellinglike@gmx.com

For geeky details about me and the site, see here.

Recent additions and updates.

This is not a commercial venture.

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This site was last updated: 6 Jun 2018

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10 responses to “Home

  1. very nice job mate, it must have taken ages doing all this… the site is a real mine of infos, i’m sad i didn’t discover it before and now it is a bit too late, since i’ve visited nearly all the spots you mentioned… well, hope you get rich soon, so you’ll be able to visit australia, south east africa, belize and the arabic peninsula and complete your huge work at last 😉
    let me know when you will
    best regards,
    Nathalie (posting from bau-bau at present)

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  2. THANK YOU for all your efforts!!!! i followed your suggestions last year and was overwhelmed by what i experienced. i snorkeled Ko Lipe, Ko Kradan, PhaNgan, Apo, Siquior, Moalboal, Penida, also Balicasag, Alona, Gili My favorite 2 were Lipe and Kradan! I’d like to do more of the Philippines: do you have anything on Mindoro and Palawan yet that you can share? i was so impressed with what i experienced last year, i don’t want to waste my time/$ if there are other better places.

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    • Hi there

      In Palawan, my biggest highlights (of places I have been so far) are Siete Peccados (5km East of Coron town – usually visited by boat, but you can also get there by road). There is awesome hard corals and sponges there. Highly recommended. I’m soon going to sit down and get up-to-date on my Philippies writing – I will write this one first (but it will still be a couple of weeks).

      The other pleasant surprise was a day boat trip out of Port Barton. Here is some video of the best bit of reef: https://youtu.be/j9VFp5vM2gw
      The off-the-beach snorkelling there wasn’t so special (but there were some interesting and unusual fishes), but the reef (“double reef”) 2km out of town was excellent.

      I also looked at Honda Bay (near Puerta Princesca) and El Nido, which weren’t great, snorkelling-wise.

      I only went to a few spots in Mindanao – mostly they weren’t world-class. Apo Reef (expensive boat trip) is good for diving, but not really worth the money for snorkelling.

      There is some decent coral on the North Side of Sabang (Puerto Gallera), which is worth a look if you are passing through. The other main highlight in PG is Coral Garden – Here http://bit.ly/2zzLqVW
      which needs a boat trip, but has some great corals.
      https://whatsthesnorkellinglike3.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/ztemp_perto-galleria-20170409_p4095267.jpggreat corals

      I hope that helps in the short-term. It will be a few months before I finish writing-up everything, but if you have a preference for any particular place (from the unlinked titles on the main menu, then let me know and I’ll try to bump it up the list).

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  3. hey PonderingSatyr , thanks again for your efforts! it just seems to me like most of the snorkeling in those areas is by tour/boat, (with the possible exception of Siete Pescados), and not ‘from the beach’. i like to spend 2-3hrs on a snorkel, so 30-40min per stop is frustrating and $$. also, i will be there in peak season, which sounds chaotic 😦 I am now re-thinking my trip and am looking at Southern Leyte, Samar, or Masbate; reports of good snorkeling ? and a bit quieter. Any experience on those islands ? Trying to decide where to go takes so much time, and it’s freezing/snowing here in Michigan USA, i need to leave 🙂

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    • Hi Donna.
      Yes, I agree with all your observations.

      Southern Leyte, Samar, or Masbate are all loosely on the list to visit, but I haven’t got to them yet.

      For certain, there is good off-the-beach snorkelling at Moalboal and Apo Island (Negros) which would suit you. (there are a handful of place to sleep on the island). FWIW, my Coron/Siete Pecados write-up will be up on the site in about a week. HTH

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    • edit: Coron is now linked from the main menu

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      • Donna Pieracini

        Hi PonderingSatyr. Thank you for your very comprehensive reviews of Coron. That ‘Reef and Wrecks Tour’ sounds like a ‘train wreck’ nightmare and exactly what i want to avoid 😦 But Siete Pecados does sound promising if i could find it on foot. Would like to spend some time around those ‘chilled’ fishes, esp Sweet Lips, they are never interested in visiting 🙂 Always enjoy your photos and commentary, i know it takes a lot of time and it is appreciated ! i’ll let you know what i think of SLeyte and whereever else i end up !

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  4. Top 3 beach Snorkel / shallow spots for coral and under water photography? Looking in Indonesia / philippeans.

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