The Beauty of Repeating Destinations

No matter how many fantastic snorkeling destinations there are in the world, the number is still finite. This number gets even more finite when you factor in destinations that have enough great snorkeling sites to accommodate anywhere from a week to two weeks of snorkeling two to three snorkels a day without having to repeat sites. It gets smaller still when you take into account the resorts and liveaboards in the area.

Do the operators have comfortable accommodations with AC, WIFI, and professional guides? Are distances to snorkeling sites reasonable, and are they able to accommodate most dietary requirements? I know many of you want to go to entirely new destinations each time you set out on a new snorkeling adventure, and for many of you who take one or two snorkeling tours each year, we can easily accommodate that. However, for those of you who are taking three or more snorkeling adventures with us each year and have visited places like Alor, Komodo, Raja Ampat, and even Palau where the bar is set quite high, our job as liaisons to the snorkeling world becomes a little bit more tedious.

It is for this specific reason that it is my opinion, which I will hopefully impart onto a few of you diehard snorkelers who are close to exhausting our extensive inventory of snorkeling safaris, that revisiting snorkeling destinations is very much worth it! This is not just a cheeky ploy for us to re-sell you a tour to a destination you’ve already been to. Well, I suppose it is in a way, but there’s not “cheeky” involved. It’s just us genuinely trying to find you a snorkeling adventure that’s going to give you the experience you expect.

Take a place like Raja Ampat for example, the most biodiverse marine ecosystem in the world which occupies over 8,000 square kilometers and is made up of over 1,500 islands, cays, and shoals, and is host to over 600 species of hard corals and over 1,700 species of reef fish. Now factor in species like whales, whale sharks, dugongs, two different species of manta ray, turtles, dolphins, and a whole array of reef sharks. Even if you are on a month-long liveaboard followed by back-to-back resort-based trips with one in the north and one in the south, there is no possible way you could ever see or experience all of what Raja Ampat has to offer. You would still only be scratching the surface of Raja’s full potential. The same goes for places like Alor, Komodo, Palau, Cuba, Egypt, or just about anywhere else in Indonesia!

If it helps, think of it like your local ski hill. If you’re really into the sport you would never just visit a hill once. Diehard skiers will be revisiting the hill several times a year, if not on most weekends, and no two days will ever be the same. Elements like the weather change, the snow changes, or maybe you’ll discover some new runs! Maybe you got a new pair of skies and would just love to try out that one double black diamond called “Mother Goose” on a nice “champagne powder” day with your new digs.

The same principle goes for snorkeling destinations. Maybe your first visit to Misool was quite overcast and you’d like to see what the reefs look like on a clear blue day. Or maybe you didn’t have an underwater camera the first time you visited Palau and wished you could get photos of those Mandarin fish or mantas feeding. Or, just maybe, you were not in Alor you skipped the muck snorkel as you didn’t like the term “muck“, only to hear the thrilling feedback from the guests and now wish you could try again! There are roughly a zillion variables that come into play on a snorkeling trip, all of which completely change the overall experience. Sure, the physical location may be the same, but the overall experience will never be. It’s just not possible.

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Alex Lindbloom
Alex is a Snorkel Venture and Dive Safari Asia guide as well as the video and photo pros for both companies. Alex is also a field editor for a popular underwater photography magazine. Prior to joining Snorkel Venture in 2018 Alex lived and worked all over the world working as an underwater cameraman, with five of those years living/working on a yacht in Indonesia. Alex's images and videos have garnered many international awards such as Underwater Photographer of the Year and can be seen on NatGeo, Discovery Channel, the UN Building, and various magazines.