– JUNE 15, 2015
After a day adventuring with the Komodo dragons, we decided to have an easy day snorkelling at two of the best locations in Indonesia: Sobolon Island and Seraya Island. You work with a local travel agent to negotiate the price (nothing is ever a fixed price in Indonesia) and they match you up with a boat captain. You meet between 5am-9am (the timer is agreed to based on your desired itinerary) and you meet at the docks. These boats are small wooden vessels that at first glance do not seem safe for a couple hour ride to the snorkelling locations.
Our boat was captained by a father and his two children (as he could not afford to have his kids in school, he provided them with this as their education) and none of them spoke any English. We effectively communicated by sign language and common sense, so it wasn’t a problem.
Although I didn’t get a picture of it, I did see a shark while snorkelling here. It swam away and I also exited stage left ASAP.
The kids got to take turns steering the boat.
It was a couple hour ride to our first location of coral reefs and clear blue water.
This was the most northern of the two islands, so we took the longer voyage first while the tides were low. See below for some of the snorkeling pics we took on this stop.
This very small island had 4 boats anchored here for diving and snorkelling fun. However, the beach was littered with trash all along its sand edge. It seems none of these locals who make a living taking people to this island feel the need to pick up any trash and keep it pristine. This island has a ton of potential and I am sure down the line someone will turn it into a resort. At this time it is completely unoccupied.
We went south about an hour to reach Seraya Island. This spot has a cabana style hotel on the beachfront and it looks like a paradise. The snorkelling here was very interesting, as the end of the dock had a shear drop-off under water to extremely low depths. You could see the shelf, then it was completely gone and much larger marine life was swimming past that point. We kept to the dock area.
Here we could see starfish, sea urchin, sea anemone, sea cucumber, and multiple varieties of fish. It had very shallow waters (until the aforementioned cliff drop at the end of the dock) and was fun to float around while seeing the amazing life within it.
This snorkelling adventure rivaled the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling quality. The water was clear and the abundance of sea life was staggering! If you come to Indonesia then take a flight to the Komodo Island/Rinca Island area and check out the snorkelling/diving here.
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.