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The best place to snorkel in the islands near Bali

Mangrove Point was the only place on the island without strong currents and with decent snorkeling; Lee managed to safely get us there twice on a scooter as I hung on for dear life

Mangrove Point was the only place on the island without strong currents and with decent snorkeling; Lee managed to safely get us there twice on a scooter as I hung on for dear life

Pacific bullethead parrotfish; Mangrove Point easily had the best snorkeling we found on the Nusas so we went back for a second day of snorkeling there

Pacific bullethead parrotfish; Mangrove Point easily had the best snorkeling we found on the Nusas so we went back for a second day of snorkeling there

Mt Agung is an active volcano and the highest point on the island of Bali at almost 10,000 ft; it has erupted frequently in recent years with the last time being May 2019

Mt Agung is an active volcano and the highest point on the island of Bali at almost 10,000 ft; it has erupted frequently in recent years with the last time being May 2019

Spotted boxfish; this is a male since the females have different colors and patterns; this colorful species can grow to be 10 inches long although they are usually much smaller

Spotted boxfish; this is a male since the females have different colors and patterns; this colorful species can grow to be 10 inches long although they are usually much smaller

Blue blanquillo; I had never seen this species of tilefish before since it usually swims around 70 feet down and would not typically be seen by a snorkeler

Blue blanquillo; I had never seen this species of tilefish before since it usually swims around 70 feet down and would not typically be seen by a snorkeler

Latticed butterflyfish;  this is an uncommon species found in areas of rich coral growth within lagoons and protected reef flats and seaward reefs; it feeds mainly on coral polyps and sea anemones

Latticed butterflyfish; this is an uncommon species found in areas of rich coral growth within lagoons and protected reef flats and seaward reefs; it feeds mainly on coral polyps and sea anemones

Orange-lined triggerfish; this species is diurnal, solitary, and territorial; it can be aggressive with other fish and erects its first dorsal spine to intimidate opponents and predators

Orange-lined triggerfish; this species is diurnal, solitary, and territorial; it can be aggressive with other fish and erects its first dorsal spine to intimidate opponents and predators

Collector urchin; debris tends to collect on these urchins, hence their name; most collector urchins feed on seagrass fronds - this has an ecological impact varying with the season and abundance of the urchins

Collector urchin; debris tends to collect on these urchins, hence their name; most collector urchins feed on seagrass fronds - this has an ecological impact varying with the season and abundance of the urchins

Teardrop butterflyfish; this species feeds on filamentous algae, hard and soft corals, crustaceans and worms; spawning is thought to take place in relation to the lunar cycles but this is not certain

Teardrop butterflyfish; this species feeds on filamentous algae, hard and soft corals, crustaceans and worms; spawning is thought to take place in relation to the lunar cycles but this is not certain

Swarthy parrotfish; I loved the colors and it's not one of the more commonly seen parrotfish

Swarthy parrotfish; I loved the colors and it's not one of the more commonly seen parrotfish

Longnose butterflyfish; these fish are more often solitary than other species of butterflyfish; being territorial, longnose butterflyfish patrol their patches of coral with a monogamous partner

Longnose butterflyfish; these fish are more often solitary than other species of butterflyfish; being territorial, longnose butterflyfish patrol their patches of coral with a monogamous partner

Saddled butterflyfish; this species is one of the largest butterflyfishes and in shape it resembles certain angelfishes more than most of its relatives

Saddled butterflyfish; this species is one of the largest butterflyfishes and in shape it resembles certain angelfishes more than most of its relatives

Much of the coral here had experienced extensive bleaching; there were tons of fish but some snorkel boats were feeding them which is not a good thing

Much of the coral here had experienced extensive bleaching; there were tons of fish but some snorkel boats were feeding them which is not a good thing

Lined butterflyfish; you don't often see this many butterflyfish together since they typically just travel in pairs (they mate for life)

Lined butterflyfish; you don't often see this many butterflyfish together since they typically just travel in pairs (they mate for life)

Sixbar wrasse; this species forms small groups and feeds on planktonic and benthic crustaceans, small fish, fish eggs and fish larvae; an aquarium fish of this species was observed to use a rock as an anvil

Sixbar wrasse; this species forms small groups and feeds on planktonic and benthic crustaceans, small fish, fish eggs and fish larvae; an aquarium fish of this species was observed to use a rock as an anvil

Foxface rabbitfish; this species is omnivorous, eating mostly algae and zooplankton; it can end up in the aquarium trade and does a good job of cleaning algae from tanks

Foxface rabbitfish; this species is omnivorous, eating mostly algae and zooplankton; it can end up in the aquarium trade and does a good job of cleaning algae from tanks

Titan triggerfish; Nusa Lembongan used to have a small seaweed farming industry but that has largely disappeared as the waters have become too polluted; speedboats can reach Bali in 30 minutes

Titan triggerfish; Nusa Lembongan used to have a small seaweed farming industry but that has largely disappeared as the waters have become too polluted; speedboats can reach Bali in 30 minutes

Moon wrasse; Nusa Lembongan is only 8 square km in area with a permanent population estimated at 5,000; 7 miles of the Badung Strait separates Nusa Lembongan from Bali

Moon wrasse; Nusa Lembongan is only 8 square km in area with a permanent population estimated at 5,000; 7 miles of the Badung Strait separates Nusa Lembongan from Bali

Blackpatch triggerfish; the ferry system from Bali was pretty chaotic and informal but seemed to work OK; I would not want to make the crossing if the seas were rough though

Blackpatch triggerfish; the ferry system from Bali was pretty chaotic and informal but seemed to work OK; I would not want to make the crossing if the seas were rough though

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