Its kinda crazy that your random spot on the Malukus, just any place along the shoreline where you choose to enter the water, will have way better snorkeling than the famous diving and snorkeling spot in Amed Bali. In many ways, this is inevitable. It is us, humans, that destroy the coral reef. In the ten years it takes to establish a diving school, the reef is almost dead. There is all so many elements that contribute to this, but these are the main ones: Growth of tourism means the needs to build new lodging. Here, where building materials are so scarce and there is no environmental protection, the locals will destroy the coral and fish it out to make the building blocks of the new houses. How crazy is that? You're trying to cash in on the coral reef, but you destroy it in the process 🤔Then the rain will cause sludge from the building sites to enter the sea, the cement covering the reef, the chemicals destroying the marine life. Then come the tourists. Peeing & pooping already changes the pH of the water, but to make things worse - tourists get sunburn so they wear copious amounts of sunscreen. Nothing kills coral reef like sunscreen. Its sun-blocking qualities mean that the coral cannot obtain its energy from the sun. The other 30 chemicals originating in the petroleum industry and found in sunscreen kill the fish. Not to mention divers/snorkelers use shampoo to keep their lenses from steaming up. Things are not looking good my friends. The Great Barrier Reef is dead. Ko Tao (north of Ko Phangan Thailand) once a diving/snorkeling paradise has been dead for over 10 years. Yes, you can still get your diving certificate there but whats the use if there is no fish or coral to see? What can you do to help? Avoid sunscreen at all costs. It advertises to protect you from skin cancer but when you research the ingredients its made from, you will find out many are a carcinogen when exposed to the sun (!!!) Eat fruits to give yourself a natural sunscreen from the inside out. And when you go snorkeling - wear long sleeve & leggings or a wet suit, and lay off the sunscreen! And educate ppl about this, I watched too many snorkels jump into the water white from sunscreen!