Bordered by jungle-lined cliffs, FaiFai Beach is a true tropical paradise. The narrow reef that stretches along the beach boasts easy and accessible snorkeling. Angelfish, butterflyfish, snappers and triggerfish can notably be seen around the coral.

Whitespotted surgeonfish at FaiFai Beach
A whitespotted surgeonfish at FaiFai Beach.

How to get to FaiFai Beach snorkeling spot?

FaiFai Beach is located north of Tumon Bay, just past Gun Beach (where snorkeling is also possible). First reach Gun Beach, a 5-minute drive from Tumon Bay (on-site parking available). Then take the small cliff-side path that leaves from the north end of the beach to reach FaiFai Beach (10 minute’s walk).

FaiFai Beach snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling FaiFai Beach

Get in the water from the beach, opposite the huts.

FaiFai Beach snorkeling exploration

FaiFai Beach is fringed by a 100m-wide coral reef. Near the beach, the seabed is poor, with few corals (↕1-6ft/0.5-1.5m). If the sea is calm and the tide is high, it is possible to snorkel the outer reef (↕6-15ft/2-5m), where the underwater life is more abundant.

Green coral details at FaiFai Beach
Beautiful star coral (Favites abdita) can be found at reef.

The reef forms long ridges split by sand tongues. Several hard-coral types are found on the reef, such as fire coral, finger coral and massive coral. FaiFai location is knows for hosting a wide variety of fish species. A dozen species of butterflyfish, several angelfish species (lemonpeel angelfish, regal angelfish), as well as many wrasse and triggerfish live on the reef. In places, you will also spot schools of striped monocle bream staying close to the corals. In all, hundreds of fish types can potentially be encountered while snorkeling FaiFai Beach’s reef.

Coral reef at FaiFai Beach
A large diversity of coral can be found at FaiFai Beach, but many are in poor condition.

Restaurants nearby

The Beach Restaurant & Bar is available in Gun Beach. A wide range of restaurants and accommodation can be found in Tumon Bay (along Pale San Vitores Road), about 1 mile/1,6km from here.

 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth15ft/5m on the outer reef
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow to medium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, at Gun Beach (10 min. walk)

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.