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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
MA / WAEN/ CHEUAK /(เกาะม้า เกาะแหวน เกาะเชือก)
RAWI
SIMILANS
SURINS
TAO
TARUTAO
TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK (general information)

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:
APO ISLAND, NEAR NEGROS ISLAND
OSLOB, CEBU ISLAND
MOALBOAL, CEBU ISLAND
SIQUIJOR, NEAR NEGROS ISLAND

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.
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: 20 November 2016

16 responses to “About

  1. brilliant info.. thanks, and many more snorkels, enjoy..

  2. A person after my own heart! Great site. Much appreciated.

  3. Amazing !! what a great info. Thanks.

  4. Hello. I’m always searching for snorkeling spots but it’s the first time i found some perfect site like yours. I would congrulate you for this amazing source of infos. A very big thx. Philippe

  5. I can’t wait for description of Banda Islands!!!! When will you do it?🙂 Big fan!🙂

  6. Ray;

    Great site with a mass of information. Have you had a chance to compare to Pacific Island beach snorkelling? I live in NZ and have done a few of the islands with mixed results and was looking at going further for better snorkeling. To honest, with a couple of exceptions, the images do not look significantly better than what I can find from a good easy access Pacific Island (rarotonga, fiji) . Interested to hear your thoughts.

    • Hi Ray

      Sorry, I don’t have any info on those islands. I hear good things about Palau and that is loosely on the list of places to go, but that’s about it.

      Do feel free to post any information you have on the places you have been. Or, if you want to email me some underwater photos that give a good representation of places you have been that are not covered on the site, I can find a way to get them hosted and linked from the site.

      Good luck in your search🙂

      • Hi Thanks for the reply.

        Sorry took so long to get back to you. If you can send me an e-mail address I can send a selection of underwater shots from Rarotonga and Bora Bora.

        Cheers, Ray

  7. Amazing detailed content – loved it.
    Following your guide, I manage to snorkel and experience the underwater life , which was amazing. We did Koh Tao, Koh Lipe and Koh Kradan.
    Next year, we are planning to go to Cambodia – do you have any experience or heard from people snorkelling around Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem?
    That would be very helpful.
    Cheers
    Max

    • Hi Max

      I’ve only been to “Rabbit Island” (near Kep) in Cambodia with was OK, but not spectacular (Porites coral and some common reef fish species). FWIW, wikitravel says there is good snorkelling at Koh Rong…

      Enjoy your trip and let us know what you find 🙂

  8. Thanks for writing all this up, and showing the photos! As a keen snorkeller I am really glad that you pointed me to your site over at TT. I agree with most of what you wrote about places that I’ve been to, which were mostly in south-east asia.
    On Banda Neira, I stayed at the Vita guest house. Like you, I tried to see the mandarin fish there – without success. However I did see many – even dancing / mating – snorkelling right in front of the Maulana hotel, in the late afternoon.

    What I miss on your site would be a summary, some comparison what places you liked best, and why. Did I overlook something? I understand this would be a changing thing, possibly requiring updates after every new place that you visited.

    If I can recommend a few places that I enjoyed:
    1. Cabilao, west of Bohol in the Philippines – go to the n-w corner.
    2. The Egyptian Red Sea, down south in the area around Marsa Alam.
    3. Havelock Island, Andaman Sea (India), beach #7 / Radhanagar. However, the beautiful places there are quite deep down – I sometimes went to depths around 20m. The Andaman islands are worth a visit also for their history and the city of Port Blair.
    4. I also liked diving around Alor, but found the snorkelling there too demanding, for the strong currents and cold upwellings. But I didn’t explore the place as systematically as you do.

    Cheers, Wolfgang

    • Hi Wolfgang – thanks for your comments. Regarding a summary – yes, maybe as the site grows there is a need for a one-page summary across all places. It would have to be subjective – it is surprising how different people value hard-vs-softcorals; big-fishes vs reef-fishes, landscape-vs-macro, etc. I’ll have a think about it.

      I have been to Marsa Alam and Havelock/(Neil), but I didn’t have a camera with me, so no pictures, no pages (actually there is a (still blank) page for Havelock!). I was in Havelock in 2008 and I read that the El Nino in 2010 killed off the corals there. Have you been since then ? I’m hoping to spend more time in the Philippines, so will check-out Cabilao – thanks.

      thanks for your comments and happy snorkelling🙂

  9. Your site has already grown to an enormous size! You always point out that your reviews are your subjective view of things and places found, and I understand and agree with that. I always take reviews and descriptions of individual travellers with a grain of salt. Consequently, a summary could only be the summary of your own experience. Still I think it would be worth it, and very helpful to snorkellers looking for good places.

    I was on the Andamans just after the turn of the millenium, Jan. 2000! On that trip I also visited and snorkelled Neill island, but didn’t find this noteworthy. However I have not heard or read of coral bleaching or dying in the Andaman islands. If El Nino was the reason, shouldn’t Phuket, Surin, the Similan islands and more or less the whole Thai Andaman coast be affected by El Nino, too? I never heard anything like this either.

    In Cabilao I was in 2002, so it might have changed, too. On that trip I also was on Malapascua, which was also nice. But again, like on Havelock, I had to go rather deep to find interesting critters. Saw some sea horses there, off the N-W coast.

    • Hi Wolfgang

      Thanks for your comments. I take your point about the “summary page”! I will look into it, but I will soon be out on the-road without any decent internet, so it won’t be anytime soon, I’m afraid.

      There has been extensive coral bleaching throughout the Andaman sea due to elevated temperature events, especially in 2010. The corals in the Surin islands were decimated (see my page) and many other spots on the (especially North) Andaman coast of Thailand were affected. It was reported in the press at the time (here are a few examples: 1 2 3 4). Re: Havelock, the regulars on the India Mike forum who would visit the Andamans every year commented on it a lot on it at the time. I can’t get their forum search to work, but this debate is an example…

      unfortunately, it seems to be a continuing trend😦

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