If you’re looking for a pure snorkeling experience in Indonesia, somewhere close to Singapore, you’ve come to the right spot! Along with snorkeling here, you also shall get a great local seashore living experience. Without further ado, let’s talk about snorkeling in Abang Island, shall we?
But wait, let’s first see where is Abang Island. It happens to be a part of Batam Riau.
How to get to Abang Island from Batam?
From Batam, it takes around an hour and a half drive to make it to the south of Batam and over Barelang Bridge. The journey further continues from there with a boat ride. A motorized boat, to be specific, with a capacity of around a dozen. They call it Bot Pompong. It is a 12-kilometer ride with the Bot Pompong to reach Abang Island.
Since we were in Batam– Indonesia, it didn’t take very long for us to make it there. We packed up and were ready to go by afternoon along with a few other families. So with after an hour and a half drive and a boat ride, we made it to Abang Island by evening. The plan was to make a stay there for the night and then begin with all the snorkeling the next morning. Nope, it wasn’t a day trip- and I’m glad it wasn’t.
An evening in Abang Island
It is an island alright, but we didn’t stay much on land though. Even our stays were on shallow waters a little away from the shore. No, we weren’t on boathouses. We were in stilt houses– the kind of house that I would love to stay in again! These were houses raised above the water level with the help of piles. We could move around to other houses with narrow pathways built either of wood or concrete.
This was a small village lying on the waters!
We had accommodations booked prior to our arrival there. It wasn’t really a resort. Instead, it was a stay among the locals. I have to say, the people there were really hospitable. We had three small yet cozy stilt houses booked. For dinner, one of the families that were chaperoning us on our stay invited us over to their house nearby. There was fresh fish for dinner, what else could one ask?
Spending the night
Maybe we were too much used to sleeping with air-conditioning- at least I and my friends were. Apart from having no air-conditioners in our homestays, there wasn’t much ventilation in our rooms either. We didn’t complain much about it though. We didn’t want to sleep much anyway. After an hour of trying to sleep, we decided to get out of the homestay.
We then sat down outside on the edge of the narrow pathway facing the sea with our legs dangling over the waters. Now the sea level was higher and the waves hit against the piles harder. The lust of cool breeze outside and the whispers of the waves wouldn’t let us back in. And so we sat. We sat there for hours, chatting about all the stupid things we did back in the days… and some other stuff which I can’t really mention over here (dad might read this, you know).
Damn, did we come too far from talking about snorkeling in Abang Island? Let’s get back to it.
Start the Morning with the Snorkeling!
When we woke up, it was already late. We had overslept and everyone already had their swimsuits on. So we tried to gobble up noodles provided to us for breakfast. And off we went to the core of our trip there- for snorkeling!
After fumbling around with the sizes of our flippers and swimwears, we got ’em and entered the boat again. They took us to shallow waters nearby smaller uninhabited islands where we could get the best snorkeling experience. And so was it the best snorkeling experience! We first were on the shallow parts where we could feel the land beneath us. Then with the life-jackets on, we were guided a little deeper (we took those off later anyway).
All we had to do was lie on our faces with the snorkeling masks on. And we’d see the world of fishes beneath us. Starfish, Sea Anemones, Corals, you name it- they were all there. The waters were crystal clear, which made the colors of the marine ecosystem beneath us even clearer. Even under the blazing sun and the thousands of sea urchins waiting to prick us underneath, it was totally worth the sight.
However, the sea urchins played their part in perfecting the elegance of life underwater, didn’t they?
Heading Back Home
After hours of snorkeling, we got back to our homestays by noon. After having chicken and white rice provided for lunch, we packed up to leave. On our way back to Batam on our boat, we could have all talked about the snorkeling we did in the morning… but nope. We were way too exhausted to do that!
We were super-tanned. Super exhausted. All we needed now was a good night’s sleep. So we didn’t even bother speaking much to one another. We all knew we’d enjoyed our stay and snorkeling in Abang Island deeply. There wasn’t a question about it!
If you haven’t snorkeled yet and wish to spend an evening close to the seas and nature, then Abang Island’s definitely waiting for you! Tell me about it if you do go there sometime!
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