Tonga is a small Polynesian kingdom comprising of over 170 islands, situated in the South Pacific. Many of these islands remain uninhabited and covered in virgin rainforest, surrounded by white sandy beaches and coral reefs.
The Kingdom of Tonga is internationally known for two main reasons- their rugby team and the migration of humpback whales which come annually to birth their young and court new mates from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic.
Humpback whale in clear blue water
The island where one generally goes to swim with humpback whales is Vana’u. Typically charters offer a day out at sea, but the law requires no more than 4 swimmers and one certified whale guide in the water at a time, to ensure responsible interactions with the cow and baby pairs. One can usually observe a variety of whale behaviors, from mother and calf interactions to the sometimes combative behavior of mature bulls. Humpback whales are the most acrobatic whale species, and will often perform spectacular displays of breaching, lob-tailing, fin-slapping and general water-splashing behavior.
two humpback whales floating over reef
The sheltered waters of Vava’u offer a variety of snorkeling opportunities. The reefs around the area are also beautiful and largely untouched, in excellent condition, providing homes for many various fish, turtles and invertebrate species. We like to stay at Tongan Beach Resort, a small seafront simple yet comfortable resort.

Sulawesi is a large and varied island in the north of Indonesia. The international airport in Manado makes this island accessible and relatively developed.

Snorkeling Sulawesi offers spectacular healthy reefs, abundant with turtles, schooling fish, soft corals of various colors and species and generally clear calm waters.

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Sulawesi offers opportunities to explore and combine stunning highland jungle treks, volcanic crater lake visits and incredible wildlife viewing, with interesting cultural interactions and stunning offshore islands.

These islands are the real snorkeler’s paradise. Stunning white sand beaches surrounding the small green islands provide incredible views, while the waters are full of various tropical fish species and healthy corals.

To the North, Bunaken National Park offers some of the healthiest reefs in Indonesia. Known for its abundance of soft corals, snorkeling Bunaken should be on every snorkelers bucket list. This area also has a large resident turtle population and one can reasonably expect to see these animals almost every time one enters the water.

This is considered some of the best Snorkeling in Indonesia.

The islands of Siladen, Gangga, Manado Tua and Bangka provide secluded bays perfect for snorkeling and enjoying a quite lunch or surface break.

Black crested macaque monkey

We love a few of the island resorts in this area, including Siladen Island Resort and Gangga Island Resort. We try to always include a few days in the Minhasa highlands of Sulawesi where there is a lot to explore, like Tangkoko National Park, Linow Lake (a colourful sulphuric lake which is quite a spectacle) and Mount Mahawu, a dormant volcano offering s lovely walk and stunning views from the crater rim.

Welcome to the New Snorkel Venture site!

Hello fellow snorkelers! We’re really excited to be releasing our new dedicated snorkeling site and we really hope you like the look and feel of it. Although the site is new, we’re not exactly new to this – our sister company Dive Safari Asia has been going for 8 years now and includes group travel to destinations across remote regions of the Asia-Pacific region. I’ve spent the last 18 years in and out of dive and snorkel operations across the globe. I must admit it’s taken some time for me to realize that snorkelers often get a poor deal when they travel – despite the fact that they are just as passionate as divers about the marine world – perhaps more so? All to often snorkelers are forced to join dive boats and snorkel sites which just aren’t that suitable. So around 18 months ago we thought about how we could change that. I hope you’ve noticed by now Snorkel Venture is exclusively for snorkelers – group travel for people who love snorkeling. Please have a good look around and check out some of the amazing tours we have created off the back of our many years experience snorkeling sites around the world. And for all the ideas, inspiration and tips you need – be sure to bookmark our inspiration page right here.All the best (snorkeling)

Ben Stokes

Co Founder