Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Snorkelling on the cheap in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

In the past I have thought Nusa Dua was overrated, soulless and bursting with same-same 5 star resorts. And some people like that stuff. A big surprise however was the not bad solo snorkelling opportunities from your resort.
I stayed at the Sofitel (near Nusa Dua Beach Hotel). Here are my tips:
  • Snorkel and mask, of course. I use sunblock and wear a t-shirt.
  • Bring reef shoes for wading out past the breakers (when low tide) or flippers (high tide)
  • Aim to snorkel at high tide (usually middle of the day - check tide times online) to avoid trampling out for 100-200 metres at low tide. Sea urchins can spoil your holiday.
  • Getting back to shallow water is easy, just catch a wave (body surf).
  • Observe where glass bottom boats are anchored (for the best coral and fish). Usually only one or two craft, never crowded.

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