Why The Four Kings Island is The Best Snorkeling place in The World

One the best activity to do at the beach is snorkeling and discover the world beneath the crystal waters. Snorkeling is fun and easy! Even if you can’t swim very well, you can snorkel. All you have to do to snorkel is put on your gear, lay face down in the water, and enjoy the view. There are fishes so colorful and vibrant that they exceed any imagination.

The best snorkeling is near reefs, rocks, ledges, or other underwater structure. It’s there that coral, sponges, and seaweed grows and makes an underwater oasis. Small fish, sea urchins, crabs, and other small sea life live in and around rocks, coral, and other structure. You don’t have to go way out in the ocean to snorkel.  Most snorkeling is done close to shore.  However, snorkeling on a sandy beach is quite boring.  Only a few fish like to live over a barren sandy bottom.

Snorkeling is all about to finding a good beach spot, you will need to choose wisely. Choose a beach spot that is alive, meaning it has lots of fish and corals to see. If you pick a dead or boring spot for your first time, you likely will not understand why people like doing this.

Please, show me where it will blow my mind

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The best snorkeling and diving place in the world is in Raja Ampat Island, also called the Four Kings Island. This west Indonesian archipelago has over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. The Raja Ampat archipelago is the part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth.

In 2002, The Nature Conservancy conducted a scientific survey of the Raja Ampat Islands to collect information on its marine ecosystems, mangroves, and forests. The survey brought Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species —  an incredible 75 percent of all known coral species. In addition, an amazing 1,508 fish species were found.

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As the area consists of islands, the only meaningful way of travel is by boat. While there are no public boat services to the islands, your homestay or resort will usually arrange it for you for a fee. If you prefer to go on your own, hop on a Transwisata ship, charter a fisherman’s boat, or seek a space in a boat bound for somewhere near the one you want. But even when you travel close, the price can range from reasonable to exorbitant, all depending on the supply of gas fuel in the area.

Generally, people will join a tour and live in a snorkeling resort during their stay in the Raja Ampat Islands. If you are not snorkeling, you can still have fun! Walk the island, visit the villages, admire the nature.

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Raja Ampat is also a birder’s paradise. Flocks of colorful parrots is a distinctive sight when you first arrive at the island. Raja Ampat islands are home to three endemics; Wilson’s Bird of Paradise, Waigeo Brush Turkey and the famous, crimson plumed Red Bird of Paradise. Other birding highlights include Western Crowned Pigeon, Pheasant Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Great-billed Parrot and Moluccan Red Lory.

Snorkle, Relax, Enjoy the beauty of the underwater world.

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