Snorkeling

We offer 3 fantastic full day snorkeling boat trips to the islands around Maratua, including around Maratua, Derawan, Samama, Kakaban and Sangalaki islands.

You can arrange your boat trips once you arrive to Maratua. We can put together a personalized trip for you depending on the weather, what you want to see, and the tides. A half-day of snorkeling (3 – 4 hours) will take you to 1 island and the cost is $30 per person with a minimum of 3 people. A full-day of snorkeling (5 – 6 hours) will take you to 1 – 2 islands and the cost is $45 per person with a minimum of 3 people. Because we set up the snorkeling trips at the guesthouse, guests often arrange to do the same trip on the same day and share the cost.

There are 3 wonderful full day snorkeling trips:

Trip #1 is the Kakaban/ Sangalaki full day trip. Kakaban has a lake from the dinosaur times that has 4 species of stingless jellyfish. The lake is huge and it’s magical to swim with these jellyfish. Also, the snorkeling is excellent off the coast of Kakaban. Off of Sangalaki Island, you can swim with manta rays. Up to one hundred manta rays have been seen frequenting this area.

Trip #2 is the Maratua Island full day trip. Maratua has many of the top snorkeling spots in the world. Many can only be reach by boat. On this trip you can travel around the island to these snorkeling spots. This is a wonderful trip as you get to see a lot of Maratua Island by boat, so it’s kind of a Island Tour and Snorkeling Trip combined.

Trip #3 is the Derawan and Samama Island full day trip. You will visit 2 excellent coral reefs off the coast of Samama Island. Samama is a beautiful, untouched island that is surrounded by extended, shallow coral reefs. You can then stop for lunch on Derawan Island. After lunch, you will visit 2 excellent coral reefs off the coast of Derawan.

Also, the snorkeling right off of Maratua on our House Reef in front of the guesthouse is excellent. Some divers have commented that they saw more on the shelf in front of our restaurant, than they did on some of their boat trips. If you don’t have your own snorkel and masks, you can borrow ours for the length of your stay for free. We do not have fins, as they damage the coral. If you must have fins when snorkeling, you will need to bring your own.