ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Snorkeling and Coral Reef Preservation

Updated on July 8, 2012

Snorkeling is a healthy and fun watersport

Snorkeling Device

Snorkeling is one of the most popular marine sports that people do when going to the beach. When we do snorkeling, we swim on the surface of the water or through a body of water while wearing mask and snorkel (a small and short pipe that we use to breathe using our mouth). The mask provides protection to our eyes from dirty sea water, and direct water contact with water pressure. Mask that is made of tempered glass will enable us to sea marine life and coral reef while we swim on the water. Because while swimming our head, eyes and mouth face the bottom of the sea, we need snorkel to breath in the water. Sometimes because of the ripples or waves, small amount of water enters the snorkel hole and flows through the pipe to our mouth. We need to exhale it strongly to push or to exhaust it from the snorkel. Before blowing the mouth-piece, we have to cover the higher hole that is above the sea surface. Because the entrance air hole is blocked, the air that will blow will find another way which as a valve near our mouthpiece that is located at the other end of the snorkel. It is the lowest valve hole in the snorkel that has been uniquely designed to release the water. The air that we blow will push the water out of the snorkel leaving the pipe free of water. This is the basic working principle of snorkel device. It is different from the diving gear which is more complicated.

Other equipment that we use when snorkeling are fins, and snorkeling jacket or inflatable vest. However, wearing such floating jacket will make you feel uncomfortable in the water while trying to swim freely or dive two or three meters below the surface of the water because the jacket will force you upward again. Fins will enable us to move faster like fish whereas snorkeling jacket helps us to remain buoyant on the sea surface. If we swim in cold water, we need to wear wet-suit.

coral reef in Dorey bay of Manokwari - West Papua province of Indonesia
coral reef in Dorey bay of Manokwari - West Papua province of Indonesia

The best time for snorkeling

If you want to go swimming and snorkeling, check the weather whether it is sunny or not. Snorkeling experience is best achieved when we do it when the weather is clear and the sun shines brightly. Why? Because the sun light is important for us to see the beauty of the colorful corals and the ornamental fish. In addition, we need to go snorkeling when the tide is low. By then we will be able to swim through the water and sea the marine life from close distance. If the corals extends throughout the coastal region, to avoid breaking or destroying the corals, it is better to wear the inflatable vest. This vest will support our body so that we will remain afloat even if our feet and hands are tired in paddling us through the water.

As a tourist guide, I have been traveling around the Dorey bay with foreign tourists for many times. There are three islands in the bay but the famous ones are Mansinam and Lemon islands. Here foreign tourists can enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving among the corals or World War II shipwrecks. My favorite activity when traveling to the islands in this Dorey bay of Manokwari is snorkeling. I don't bring heavy snorkeling gear. I usually use only a snorkeling google that was made by a local fisherman in this town. Unfortunately, it does not have snorkel or air pipe so, I have to come up to the surface after one minute moving in the water. The beauty of underwater corals is excellent. I cannot explain it all in words. They are just beautiful. Corals consist of hard and soft ones. They are colorful especially when we see them in the morning at around 8 a.m or 9 a.m. It is when the sun is shining well from the sky in the clear weather and most importantly when the tide is low.

Snorkeling Site

Dorey bay near Manokwari city, a popular snorkeling site in the capital of West Papua Province in the Republic of Indonesia
Dorey bay near Manokwari city, a popular snorkeling site in the capital of West Papua Province in the Republic of Indonesia

Respect Marine Life and Protect Coral Reef

When you swim or snorkel over corals, try not to stand on them or you will brake them. Every where around the world, corals are facing extinction due to the rising temperature of our globe. Global warming has caused massive coral bleaching around the world. We all have to participate in fighting the global warming.
If you find plastic bags covering the corals, please remove them. Be an informed snorkeler or scuba diver. Suppose that you cannot swim, what you can do to help save the marine environment? It's easy, you can go to the nearest beach and contact the organisation that works on the preservation of marine environment and coral reef. There you can participate in beach clean up activities. If you live far away from the beach and never see corals and the beautiful ornamental fish and other marine animals, you can still participate in preserving this important marine environment. Cycling to work, consume less electricity are some of the ways to fight global warming that is getting worse day by day.
Because Manokwari is a city (the capital of Papua Barat province in the Republic of Indonesia), that is located near the equator, the islands here are full of vegetations or plants that are unique to tropical region. Coconut trees and mangroves are common along the white sandy beach of these islands. If you are interested in visiting Manokwari city to enjoy the beauty of the coral reefs in these tropical islands, you can contact me for further information about it. This is my email, Charles Roring, lroring@yahoo.com and my cell phone: +6281332245180

Also read: Snorkeling among Coral Reef in the Dorey bay of Manokwari

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)