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Published July 4, 2018 in DIVING & SNORKELING, Snorkeling

Snorkelers are special

Wakatobi’s House Reef is just one of many sites that are available to snorkelers. Most of the area’s 40-plus dives sites are also excellent for those who remain on the surface. Snorkelers are always welcome aboard the resort’s fleet of custom-built dive boats, which feature spacious, sheltered decks with ample room for passengers and gear.

Wakatobi’s boats may moor or stay close to the shallows, allowing divers to swim a short distance to depth, while providing snorkelers immediate access to the top portions of the reef.

Wakatobi’s boats may moor or stay close to the shallows, allowing divers to swim a short distance to depth, while providing snorkelers immediate access to the top portions of the reef. Photo by Walt Stearns

At a typical dive site, the boat may moor or stay close to the shallows, allowing divers to swim a short distance into the depths while providing snorkelers with immediate access to the top portions of the reef. At the site, guides will provide a full briefing that includes tips for snorkelers, and a guide is assigned to stay with snorkelers.

“We were very pleased with the expertise of the staff and the time they took to make sure our snorkeling experiences were exactly what we wanted.”

Those wanting a bit more personal attention, or who are new to snorkeling, can enlist more guidance and assistance. Guides will lead the way during snorkel excursions, providing needed assistance, and also pointing out all the small and elusive creatures that lie hidden among the corals. “We learned so much from Jaka, our snorkel guide,” says guest Stephen Hodgin. “The underwater whiteboard he used to communicate was very helpful. There is not enough room to comment on the beauty of the corals and abundance of fish.” “We were very pleased with the expertise of the staff and the time they took to make sure our snorkeling experiences were exactly what we wanted,” says Tom Frots. “Our guide was exceptional and made my wife Nicole feel very comfortable. We felt really special with all the personal attention. What a fantastic finale for our honeymoon.”

Sharing the experience

In addition to being a perfect destination for youngsters, families and those who snorkel but don’t dive, Wakatobi is ideal for couples and groups that include both divers and snorkelers. This was the case for Gary and Jan Beard, who searched for a destination that allowed him to dive while she snorkeled. “In the past, it was challenging to find a destination that suited us both, but after discovering Wakatobi, we didn’t need to search any further,” Gary says. “We were able to go out on the boats together, and even though Jan was snorkeling and I was diving we had common experiences to share once we got back on the boat.”

At sites like Zoo the shallow parts of the reef is rich in fish life, and shelters numerous creatures for snorkelers to find.

At sites like Zoo the shallow parts of the reef is rich in fish life, and shelters numerous creatures for snorkelers to find. Photo by Mathis Weatherall

One of the Beard’s favorite sites was Zoo, which lies close to the resort. Here the shallow portion of the reef is rich in fish life, and hides a variety of unique creatures that include frogfish, ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp and hairy squat lobsters. “Jan was able to snorkel with the guide on the shallow reef while I dove, Gary says. “Then, we met up in the shallows, and she was able to watch me as I took an image of a cuttlefish on the reef crest. It was really something special to be able to share these experiences.”

Calm clear waters, colorful reefs rich in life, easy access, attentive guides and a magnificent setting. For these reasons and more, Wakatobi may well be one of the finest snorkeling destinations in the world. That’s what many of our guests have told us, and we invite you to visit and discover why.

Contact our office at office@wakatobi.com or complete a quick trip inquiry at wakatobi.com.

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