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Snorkeler Paradise Wakatobi

"You don't need to be a diver to enjoy the wonders of Wakatobi."

- Debbie Albedo

Wakatobi Dive Resort is world renowned for its vibrant reefs, diverse and abundant sea life, spectacular setting and premium service. But you don't have to strap on a tank or even be a scuba diver to experience the wonders of this undersea eden. With the world's most pristine house reef laying in shallow water just a few fin strokes from the beach, the waters are perfect for snorkelers as well.

The snorkeling experience begins the moment one enters the water and glides across fecund grass beds that stretch to unspoiled reefs rising right to the water's surface. This provides non-divers with an unparalleled opportunity to come face-to-face with the rich diversity of a coral community. In fact, many guests tell us they have enjoyed the best underwater in just one foot of water right in front of the resort.

“We have snorkeled in many locations, and the Wakatobi house reef is the best we have seen - beautiful, accessible and healthy.” - Sally Ann Grahn
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Shallow Water Paradise
In addition to Wakatobi's awe-inspiring house reef, most of the sites our dive boats visit on a daily basis are highly suitable for snorkeling. Snorkelers are always welcome aboard our spacious, sheltered dive boats, which are staffed by knowledgeable and accommodating guides, and amply stocked with snacks and drinks. Snorkelers have flexibility to jump aboard on any of our dive boats to ensure they snorkel a reef with excellent snorkeling.

We have a number of snorkelers who return to us year after year to explore our reefs from the surface. Many say they find it liberating and exhilarating to immerse themselves in the rich colors of underwater world without the need for scuba gear, and they consider it to be the best snorkeling on the planet.

"As a non-diver, I was pleased that nearly every dive site offered great snorkeling. The boat crews were very accommodating and I had a wonderful time on the surface. Wakatobi is where "getting away from it all" has real meaning." - Bob Morris

"I am a former diver who now only snorkels. I found Wakatobi utterly fantastic for snorkeling - better than the Great Barrier Reef even. The lush reefs can bee seen right from the surface, and it's also amazing for free diving. And unlike most resorts, snorkelers are also VIP's at Wakatobi. I will definitely be coming back!"
- Andrew Dienes

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Snorkeling packages at US 145 per person / per day include:


~ 3 x 70 minute guided boat snorkels a day, on world-class protected reefs, and unlimited shore diving with shore-supervision, and taxi boat cover.

~ Snacks, drinks and towels provided on the boats
~ Full porterage for snorkel gear / cameras
~ Dive valet for rinsing and drying gear
~ A substantial contribution to the award winning conservation program (learn more)

For more information on activity package pricing click here.

Equipment Rental

You are always welcome to bring your favorite gear, but for those who prefer to travel light, we maintain a full complement of top-notch snorkel equipment in a variety of sizes and styles, all available for a modest rental fee.

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Private Snorkel Experience
For the ultimate personalized snorkeling experience, Wakatobi offers our Private Snorkel Guide program. Snorkelers who choose this service are provided with a Private Snorkel Experience Manager, whose focus is to create and oversee a snorkeling plan that is tailored specifically to your personal expectations and interests. To inquire about private snorkeling, click here and enter a request in the comment section. A Wakatobi guest experience manager will contact you.

Snorkeling Sideshow
Our famous house reef, located right in front of the resort, provides endless hours of snorkeling adventure. The sea grass gardens are filled with nudibranchs, seahorses, juvenile reef fish, eels, crabs, and much more.

View a snorkeling slideshow of sea grass bed photos taken by our guests in just a few feet of water, right in front of the resort… here

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Guests Comment about Snorkeling at Wakatobi Dive Resort

"Wayne and I are snorkelers and we have thoroughly enjoyed Wakatobi. The resort is ideal in their idea of conservation and employment of the local community members. The entire experience from accommodations, facilities as well as diving is first class. Snorkelers have plenty of opportunities to see many different sites with access to excellent guides. " - Constance Streitz

"We snorkeled in many locations, and the Wakatobi house reef is the best we have seen - beautiful, accessible and healthy." - Sally Ann Grahn

"Best snorkeling ever, and the dive staff were very helpful. The house reef alone was fantastic and had many sections to explore." - Lee Benjamin

"You don't need to be a diver to enjoy the wonders of this resort." - Debbie Albedo

"Wakatobi is a paradise both for divers or snorkelers, and the staff directs attention equally – something we snorkelers don't always get at other resorts. Keep up the good work." - Jacques Pillafort

"As a non-diver, I was pleased that nearly every dive site offered great snorkeling. The boat crews were very accommodating and I had a wonderful time on the surface. Wakatobi is where "getting away from it all" has real meaning." - Bob Morris

"At Wakatobi even the snorkelers are VIPs. Thank you for that! Almost all the spots are good for both for divers and snorkelers, and it's fabulous that we can share a boat and the experience." - Simone Pillafor

"The crew and staff were wonderful. I was only able to snorkeling rather than dive due to an ear injury, but still had an amazing adventure. I would recommend a visit to Wakatobi to everyone." - Richard Munneke

"An excellent choice for couples, or groups, that include both divers and snorkelers."
- Marian Artz

"Had a fabulous time snorkeling on the house reef and other dive sites. Life is wonderful in Wakatobi!" - Christina Mucha

"Ideal for both snorkelers and divers. Great food and we were looked after from the moment we arrived until our departure." - Caroline Posnansky

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