The Best Snorkelling Tours for Solo Travellers

Joel Rabinowitz

Dive into the deep blue and discover some of the top snorkelling hotspots in the world on one of our locally led trips.

Ever dreamed of swimming with penguins, sea lions and giant tortoises in the Galápagos Islands? How about mingling with sea turtles and shoals of tropical fish off the coast of the Gili Islands in Indonesia? On these specially curated small-group adventures by Culture Trip, you’ll encounter an extraordinary array of marine life in some of the best snorkelling destinations in the world.

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Colourful fish swimming around life-size stone figures at the bottom of the sea in the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Swim beside sea turtles and underwater statues in Indonesia

Bali is certainly no stranger to tourism, but you can still find quiet and uncrowded spaces if you know where to look. Try hiking the summit of Mount Batur at sunrise, swimming underneath the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls or snorkelling with sea turtles in the reefs around the Gili Islands – it’s all on the itinerary of Culture Trip’s 12-day Bali adventure. The Gili Islands, just off the coast of Lombok, are also home to an unusual and hauntingly beautiful phenomenon – a collection of 48 life-size stone figures on the sea bed.

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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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