Top snorkelling destinations: 9 Best Places to Snorkel in the World

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Intrepid travelers know that when you’re exhausted from exploring historical sites, when you can’t stand the thought of visiting one more museum, and you’ve trudged through every open-air market, there’s only one thing left to do—head underwater.

While scuba divers have the most freedom to explore underwater, snorkeling is easy enough for children, and exciting enough for even the most jaded traveler. Whether you’re taking your budding marine biologist to explore an underwater ecosystem or simply want to get up close and personal with a friendly shark, snorkeling is an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature.

To help plan your next adventure, we’ve pulled together 10 of the best places to snorkel around the world. The list ranges from U. S. National Parks to once-in-a-lifetime vacation destinations like the Maldives or Komodo Island. Whichever one you end up visiting, you’ll see underwater sights that would make your jaw drop—if you weren’t breathing through a snorkel, of course.

The underwater scenery in these islands, atolls, cayes, and reefs is unmatched, but sadly climate change is endangering the watery wonderland. Coral bleaching is already affecting many of the world’s reefs, coral is disappearing across the globe, and some scientists expect it could die out entirely as soon as 2050. Even more of a reason to start planning that snorkeling trip you’ve been dreaming about.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
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Home to the largest barrier reef outside of Australia (185 miles!), Belize has many opportunities to get up close and personal with eels, rays, and all kinds of brightly colored fish. There are hundreds of cayes and atolls that dot the Caribbean coastline, filled with colorful coral sunken beneath the turquoise waters. Some of the best options for divers and snorkelers are found off of Ambergris Caye, including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the self-explanatory shark-ray alley teeming with nurse sharks happy to let you live out your swimming-with-the-sharks fantasies.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

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Off the coast of Brazil, halfway between São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, sits the wilderness wonderland of Ilha Grande. There are hotels on the island, but it manages to feel largely untouched with monkey-filled jungles surrounded by brilliant blue waters teeming with brilliantly colored fish. Dive into the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon (Lagoa Azul) to swim with seahorses, ogle the underwater coves, and follow a turtle or angelfish through a sunken jungle. The waters off of Ilha Grande are also home to dozens of shipwrecks—remnants of the battles between pirates and the Portuguese.

The Big Island, Hawaii

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Spinner dolphin in Honaunau Bay.
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The entire Hawaiian archipelago is surrounded by incredible snorkeling spots, but the Big Island—with more square footage than all the other islands combined—has the most to offer. The underwater state park at Kealakekua Bay not only has technicolor coral and colorful fish, but it a good dose of history, too, as it marks the spot where Captain James Cook landed on the island. Hit the water near the Captain Cook Monument to see dolphins, turtles and more. For more underwater adventures, head to the crystal waters of Honaunau Bay to explore its coral gardens alongside dolphins and tropical fish.

Palawan, The Philippines

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While the Philippines may not seem like the most obvious snorkeling destination, the waters surrounding the 7,000 islands in the archipelago make up a diverse eco-system filled with breathtaking wildlife. There is no shortage of snorkeling opportunities from diving into the Bay of Donsol for the chance to swim with whale sharks or visiting the coral reefs outside Noa Noa Island. The stunning Palawan island offers something for every underwater explorer though. Visit the island’s fish-filled lagoons, dive into Honda Bay, explore Tubbataha reef, and plan a daytrip to meet the underwater inhabitants of Starfish and Cowrie Island.

Buck Island, St. Croix, USVI

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Visits to national parks tend to conjure up visions of majestic mountains and roaming buffalo, but on Buck Island in the U.S. Virgin Island you’re more likely to run into a friendly octopus than a picnic-basket-stealing bear. Snorkel between the elkhorn coral barrier reefs under Buck Island’s brilliant blue waters as you follow a colorful parrot fish along an underwater trail through this sunken national treasure. Three species of sea turtles nest at the park, brain coral abound, and both endangered brown pelicans and threatened least terns call home The shallow, gentle waters are ideal for beginning snorkelers.

Komodo Island, Indonesia

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Midnight Snappers, Komodo National Park.
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Leather coral, Komodo National Park.
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While the giant lizards that call this island home get most of the attention from visitors, Komodo has some fascinating inhabitants under the water, too. Head to Pink Beach to swim with rays, schools of groupers, and hawksbill turtles in the undersea garden that grows there. Alternatively, visit the sea surrounding the Komodo National Park, which offers unmatched underwater exploration with over 1000 species of fish 260 types of coral, and 14 types of endangered whales, dolphins, and giant turtles. If that’s not enough to strap on a snorkel, there are also rays, sharks, and a flourishing coral reef to make for a memorizing journey.

The Maldives

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The Maldives are one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, but some of the islands’ greatest sights lie beneath the waves.  The tiny islands that make up the archipelago are surrounded by aquamarine water that is home to some 700 species of fish, including tuna wahoos, and butterfly fish. The water holds a multitude of other marine wonders, too, like sharks, turtles, anemones, coral, and perhaps a friendly octopus or two. If someone in your party doesn’t like to snorkel, they can enjoy the undersea gardens and wildlife, too, thanks to the islands’ crystal clear water.

Eil Malk Island, Palau

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Only one of the marine lakes that dot Palau is open to snorkeling, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Jellyfish Lake on the uninhabited island of Eil Malk lives up to its name, filled with millions of golden jellyfish that have thrived in the isolated lake for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. For a truly other worldly experience, visitors can snorkel among the floating, gelatinous creatures. While jellyfish are known for their stings, these have a non-poisonous sting, as they eat algae—not other animals—and reportedly, their stings can hardly be felt by humans who take the plunge into their waters.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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It’s impossible to talk about the world’s best snorkeling spots without mentioning the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world—Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The reef is actually made up of 2,900 individual reefs that stretch over 1,400 miles off the Australian shoreline. Eye-popping coral, brilliant marine life, barracuda, manta rays, and the bones of ships that crashed on the reef all make the Great Barrier Reef a must-visit destination for ocean aficionados. For an easy place to start your exploration, head to the Whitsunday Islands right off the shore of Queensland. 

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Galapagos Sea Lions.
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The land that makes up the 19 volcanic islands that form the Galapagos offers a glimpse into the natural world of finches, iguanas, and tortoises that inspired Charles Darwin, but beneath the waves that surround those islands lies an equally fascinating natural treasure trove. The various islands is home to diverse marine life—sea turtles, dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, and sea lions. Brave souls can swim in Devil’s Crown, the sunken cone of a volcano near Floreana Island, to see brilliantly-colored fish, moray eels, and more.

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Discover the world’s 7 best places for snorkeling

You don’t have to be a certified diver to come face-to-face with some of the sea’s most fascinating creatures. In fact, in some destinations, you can simply wade from the sand into the shallows with your mask and snorkel to enjoy incredible marine life encounters. 

From swimming with manta rays in Australia to spying whale sharks in Mozambique, here are seven of the best places for snorkeling around the world.

The Fernando de Noronha archipelago is home to a number of excellent snorkeling beaches, including Baia dos Porcos © Michal Staniewski / Shutterstock

1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

A volcanic archipelago off Brazil’s northeast coast, Fernando de Noronha is a fiercely protected eco-wonderland, favored by naturalists and marine biologists, with a rugged coastline and diverse ecosystems.

It’s renowned for its undeveloped beaches and unparalleled snorkeling. With visibility reaching up to 40m in its warm, emerald waters, you can spot sea turtles, rays, lemon and reef sharks. The beach also has the highest concentration of resident spinning dolphins in the world.

At Baía do Sancho, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Brazil, the sandy seafloor allows for boats to stop without damaging the coral. Other good snorkeling points include Baía dos Porcos, Sueste, Morro de Fora and Porto, with its accessible shipwrecks teeming with marine life.

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Lady Elliot Island offers some of the best snorkeling in Australia © Michael Smith ITWP / Shutterstock

2. Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef’s southernmost coral cay, Lady Elliot Island offers some of the best snorkeling in Australia and is best known for its manta rays, nesting sea turtles and eco-credentials.

Explore a seabed of coral gardens and abundant marine life, including giant manta rays, barracudas and leopard sharks. The shallow lagoon fringing the eastern side of the island is best for families and beginners, while the coral gardens on the western side have deeper waters ideal for the more seasoned snorkeller.

Sitting in one of the Great Barrier Reef’s ‘Green Zones’, Lady Elliot Island enjoys the highest level of environmental protection – which is also enjoyed by the humpback whales that migrate through these waters between June and October.

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3. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Nestled in an ancient volcano crater, backed by palm trees and home to a 7000-year-old coral reef, Hanauma Bay is one of the most scenic and popular snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

Arrive early to beat the crowds, then don your snorkeling gear and wade right into the calm, shallow waters: hundreds of neon-colored species of fish, corals, eels and sea turtles await not far from the dreamy white-sand beach. Beyond the reef, you can also explore crevices and caves teeming with yet more sea life.

The bay is part of a nature preserve and marine-life conservation area. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to minimize the impact on the ecosystem, and a maximum of 3000 visitors are allowed on any given day. Reservations must be made and there is a fee to enter. 

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Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is home to amazing snorkeling spots like Arborek island © Marius Dobilas / Shutterstock

4. Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

Southeast Asia abounds with spectacular diving and snorkeling spots and Indonesia’s Raja Ampat arguably tops the all-star list, with its fine white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons and impressive diversity of marine life and coral reef systems.

The quantity and variety of marine life here is so astounding, in fact, that scientists have described Raja Ampat as a biological hotspot. They believe its reef systems restock reefs throughout the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Armed with your mask, snorkel and fins, you’ll have free rein to explore Raja Ampat’s blue-water mangroves and a marine area that boasts over a thousand species of reef fish, hundreds of species of coral reef, several types of sea turtles and majestic manta rays.

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The waters around Mozambique’s Tofo Beach are rich in marine life © demerzel21 / Getty Images

5. Tofo Beach, Inhambane, Mozambique

The southeast African country of Mozambique offers plenty of superb snorkeling spots along its pristine Indian Ocean coastline. Here, warm turquoise waters, which lap dune-fringed beaches, abound with shoals of colorful fish and well-preserved corals.

The waters off Tofo Beach, in the southern province of Inhambane, are particularly rich in marine biodiversity and most famous for their large whale shark population. It’s one of the few places on the planet where these gentle giants can be found year-round.

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Manta rays also grace these waters, along with sea turtles and dolphins. Add in the fact humpback whales stop by between June and October, and you’ll be adding Mozambique to your snorkel bucket list.

Spot lionfish in the clear waters off Roatan Island © John A. Anderson / Getty Images

6. West Bay and Mary’s Place, Roatán Island, Honduras

Roatán is the largest and most developed of the Honduran Bay Islands, and one of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean.

Fringed by an incredibly diverse coral reef rich in tropical fish, the island is a diving and snorkeling paradise.

Head to the pristine white-sand beach of West Bay to spot parrotfish, butterflyfish and angelfish just off the shore, or venture south to Mary’s Place, a diving site that revolves around a huge crevice where sea turtles, eagle rays and groupers often come up to the surface.

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Dugongs are present in the waters around Marsa Alam in Egypt © cinoby / Getty Images

7. Abu Dabbab Bay, Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam in southern Egypt is one of the few places in the world to spot the elusive dugong, a rare, lesser-known cousin of the manatee that’s long inspired mermaid myths and legends across cultures.

In Abu Dabbab, the shallow waters, protective reefs and abundant seagrass attract and sustain a small population of dugongs – affectionately dubbed ‘sea cows’ because of their grass-eating habits.

Other residents of the bay that can be found around the well-preserved coral reefs include giant sea turtles, parrotfish, angelfish, barracudas and seahorses, while the sandy seafloor is also home to stingrays.

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Some golden rules for responsible snorkeling:

  • Never touch (with your hands or feet) corals or sea creatures.
  • Show respect to marine life and keep your distance at all times.
  • Avoid crowds – no turtle wants to be surrounded by 10 leering humans; the snorkeler who swims away from the crowd is the snorkeler who sees things no one else in the group does.
  •  Choose reef-friendly sunscreen (which can sometimes be trickier than it sounds) or, more simply, wear rash vests or skinsuits to avoid sunburn.
  • Pick responsible and ethical boat operators when embarking on snorkeling tours.
  • Avoid using plastic when you travel as much as possible.
  • Consider volunteering for local beach cleans to help keep reefs healthy.
  • Be safe, watch for currents and, if you’re not a strong swimmer, don’t venture out of your depth.

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5 best countries for snorkeling and diving

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There are countries that attract with the beauty of beaches, antiquities, rich history, culinary traditions. And there are corners of the earth that attract to themselves with invisible wealth, that which is hidden under the thickness of the seas and oceans and is available only to the elite — those who have dedicated their lives to diving. We will talk about such heavenly places today. Meet: 5 most-most countries for underwater research.

Indonesia

If any part of the world was created for diving, it is undoubtedly Indonesia. Millions of fishes, small fishes, fishes, and also other cold-blooded plow open spaces of the Pacific and Indian oceans. Although, millions, this is probably a very conservative estimate, because the islands of Indonesia are inhabited by no less than a quarter of the marine life of our planet.
Rays, whale sharks, surgeonfish, clownfish, barracudas, reef sharks, butterflyfish, angelfish, anemones, napoleons, snappers, groupers, crabs, shrimp, triggerfish, turtles, dolphins, whales, mackerel, perch, horse mackerel, manti and other inhabitants that make panoramas of the depths so bright, colorful and magical. The underwater world of Indonesia is formed by soft and hard, gorgonian and horn-shaped corals, sea lilies, algae in which octopuses, squids, crabs, cuttlefish, holothurians, moray eels, etc. are hiding.
Thanks to the warm water temperature (25-28 degrees), diving in Indonesian waters is safe and comfortable. Visibility under water is excellent and is 30-40 meters. The current in most places is not strong, which, again, is in the hands of athletes, especially beginners.
The most popular dream dives are around the islands of Mayo, Satonda, Banta, Komodo and, of course, the eastern part of Bali, as well as in Raja Ampat Bay, Bunaken Marine Park, Sendravas Whale Shark Park. Beginners can also be advised Karang Sari Bay. For extreme lovers, the rebellious currents of Cannibal Rock and the bays of Nusa Penida are suitable.
In addition to the variety of living creatures and vegetation, Indonesia is attractive with a variety of underwater relief. Here you have coral gardens of unearthly beauty, and sheer vertical walls of reefs, leading tens of meters down, and gentle slopes.

Mexico

And we are transported to the distant Caribbean Sea and to the best place for diving in the entire Caribbean — hot and spicy as chili peppers, Mexico. Here, the main places of underwater pilgrimage are concentrated around the Yucatan Peninsula, the Island of Women, near Cancun and the island of Cozumel, as well as in the waters of the popular resort town of Playa del Carmen. It should also be noted that the Chinchorro reef is attractive because there are not so many tourists here yet, and therefore there is every chance to explore the space calmly and slowly.
In addition to the standard dives, you will be offered diving with bull sharks, night diving and diving in cenotes. The most favorable time for diving is during the summer months, when visibility is optimal and currents are calm, although diving in Mexico is possible at any time of the year.
The underwater world of Mexican expanses is represented by 500 species of fish and hundreds of varieties of corals of all shapes, colors and sizes. The animal world is made up of sharks, dolphins, shrimps, crabs, turtles, hedgehog fish, bat fish, clown fish, barracuda, stingrays, sail fish, butterfly fish, surgeon fish, manta rays, parrot fish, etc. d. In many bays, a typical landscape is diluted with sunken ships, of which there are hundreds off the Mexican coast.
Of course, the central gathering place for divers of all stripes is the Cozumel National Park next to the island of the same name, because here is the second largest coral reef in the world.
Special attention deserves diving in cenotes — underwater caves and wells. Here you can admire stalactites, stalagmites, columns.

Egypt

The Red Sea in Egypt is the most salty, the warmest and the most transparent, and therefore nature itself ordered it to be a mecca for diving holidays, which is what happens in Egypt — millions of those who suffer are looking for a meeting with the underwater beauties of the country of the pharaohs.
Not a single river flows into the Red Sea, which allows it to remain perfectly transparent all year round, in addition, even in the most severe Egyptian colds, the temperature in the sea does not fall below 20 degrees. Moderate currents make most bays and sites accessible to divers of all levels.
Local diving stars: Ras Mohammed Reserve, St. John’s Reef, Tiran and Giftun Islands, bays around Sinai, Canyon Dive Site, Fiasco Reef, Paradise and Castle, Turtle Cove, Amforas Reef, Dolphin House Reef. And if you dive into the waters of Alexandria, you will see not only the underwater world, but also sunken palaces and buildings.
The best diving resorts are Hurghada (it is also the cheapest), Marsa Alam, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh, where corals and fish live not just near the surface of the water, but almost look out of it, which allows vacationers to admire the beauties seas just in a mask or glasses. And, of course, the luminary of the world dive movement is the royal Blue Hole — a huge depression in the Red Sea, where the most colorful and mysterious landscapes and a variety of the underwater world are observed. Due to the currents and depth, this place is strictly for the pros with the appropriate certifications.
The dive program includes diving and scuba diving, as well as training programs and just snorkelling, so there is something for everyone.
Under water you can meet stingray, moray eel, Red Sea walker, surgeon fish, parrot fish, Napoleon fish, angel fish, stone fish, butterfly fish, stingray, dolphins, turtles and sharks. In the Red Sea, there are not just coral gardens, but entire coral forests. In total, more than 200 species of corals, including fiery and solar corals, and over a thousand species of fish and all kinds of mollusks, sponges, sea anemones, etc. have found a home here.

Seychelles

Would you like to stroll through the depths of the sea in the company of giant tortoises or tailflies? Then you are in the Seychelles — one of the most colorful and fabulous places in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Underwater tunnels and caves, coral gardens, colorful flocks of fish, sunken ships — this is a typical picture of Seychelles reality that meets divers, snorkelers and just divers.
Good visibility is complemented by a comfortable water temperature, which is 28-30 degrees all year round, although the finest hour for diving is April-May and September-October, when the water is most transparent and the currents are calm.
Under water, guests are greeted by stingrays, parrot fish, nurse sharks, scarps, eels, lionfish, barracudas, cod, all kinds of crabs, hook-nosed wrasse, groupers and other fauna, well known to every diver. Of particular interest are fire, white gorgon, eight-pointed corals and golden bowls.
Dive sites around the archipelago are plentiful. But tourists especially fell in love with the islands of Dani, Praslin, Mahe, Desroches, Alphonse and, of course, the dream of any diver — Aldabra. Also, do not swim past Beau Vallon Bay and Saint Anne Marine Park. The depth in the dive sites reaches 40 meters, however, most of them are open even for beginners.

Micronesia

Micronesia is invariably included in all lists and top dive sites. For most of the inhabitants of the planet, this name means little, and it is unlikely to be found on the map, but not divers. The archipelago is located in the western part of the Pacific Ocean and is replete not only with tropical landscapes, but also with grandiose underwater kingdoms.
In fact, here the vegetation and living creatures that are standard for this region are all the same rays, groupers, tuna, barracudas, snappers, trevally, turtles, dolphins, eagle rays and sharks. There are really a lot of sharks in Micronesian waters — there are gray reef sharks, tiger sharks, and many others. So these regions are no different from dozens of other places, but there is something here that makes the hearts of divers beat faster. And this something is a cemetery of warships, organized during the Second World War. 40 warships, a submarine, as well as merchant and cargo ships, destroyers and more have found their last refuge in local waters. Who is so unlucky? Japan, whose imperial fleet went under water through the efforts of the Americans.
Many ships sank along with valuable contents — household goods, shells, and even tanks and trucks — all this remained under water for all eternity. So if you want to have an Indiana Jones-style underwater odyssey, you won’t find a better place.
Most of this wealth is located in the vicinity of Truk Lagoon. No less promising adventures are offered to guests by the atolls of Palau, Yap and Guam. Here you can find an impressive variety of marine life, wrecks and stunning coral plantings in all colors of the rainbow. Depending on the complexity, depth and other parameters, there are many sites. In the Palau area, this is the Blue Corner and Candelabra Cave, in Guam — the Blue Hole. Depending on the specific site, visibility ranges from 20 to 50 meters. And all year round the water in these places is friendly warm — 28 degrees and above.

The best snorkeling in the world for active travelers

The best type of scuba diving for beginners is snorkeling. But it is not available everywhere. There are several places on the planet where snorkeling is an ideal pastime for outdoor enthusiasts. Let’s talk more about these places.

Where the world’s best snorkeling awaits the active traveller. But the promises are not always true, because perfect scuba diving requires good visibility, colorful seabed and the right equipment. We will tell you where you can find all this and get great pleasure contemplating the colorful underwater world.

Quick reference

Snorkeling is called snorkeling. Fins are often added to the basic pieces of equipment, which greatly improve the swimmer’s maneuverability, and in cold waters, a wetsuit, which makes swimming more comfortable and protects against jellyfish.

Snorkeling can be done not only by adult divers, but even by children who dive underwater with great pleasure and watch corals, algae, schools of colorful fish and wonderful shells.

But in order to go snorkeling, it is not enough just a great desire and suitable equipment, you need to choose the right place for diving. There are several places on the planet that are ideal for exploring the deep sea.

Dominican Republic

The mysterious world of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean attracts thousands of tourists. The successful combination of landscape diversity, many marine creatures and high visibility makes the Dominican Republic very attractive for snorkelers and divers. A diver can closely examine stingrays, octopuses, barracudas, moray eels, fish of various shapes and colors. Sea turtles, friendly dolphins or humpback whales often come close. Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic can be combined with underwater fishing and simply catch fish for fish soup or another dish with your bare hands.

Divers will be especially interested in:

  • the coastal waters of the Catalina and Saona Islands, which are part of the National Reserve;
  • Sosua beach;
  • Champagne Reef near Soufrière;
  • Bayahibe resort on the Caribbean coast.

Diving in Egypt

Experienced travelers say that the best snorkeling can only be found in Egypt. The warm and safe Red Sea, wonderful visibility and entire coral cities make Egypt a worthy alternative to many famous Pacific and Caribbean islands. The rich underwater world must be captured on a camera or camera, which is issued directly in hotels. You can also buy special food at the reception to get to know the voracious fish better.

It is very convenient that many hotel beaches are located near coral reefs, which can be approached from the sea using specially equipped pontoons. When choosing a hotel for snorkeling, you should pay attention to such resorts as Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Marsa Alam and Hurghada. But the best place for snorkeling is the National Park. It is located near Hurghada and amazes with unique underwater life.

What is interesting for divers in Sri Lanka

The island lies off the southeastern coast of the Hindustan peninsula, washed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Both on land and under water, tourists are amazed by the breathtaking views of pristine nature. Here, the seabed is everywhere covered with coral forests that are inhabited by thousands of colorful fish — near Pigeon Island, in Puttalam Bay, near the villages of Kirinda and Weligama on the south coast, near the large resort city of Trincomalee. In many places, snorkelers can stumble upon the remains of sunken ships.

Important! Scuba diving in Sri Lanka is best organized from May to early November, as in the remaining months the weather conditions — storms and heavy rains — are not conducive to relaxation.

Thailand

Those who want to try snorkeling in Thailand can’t go wrong. The water here is warm and clear, the visibility is excellent, but you need to know where to dive. To see an underwater paradise, you should go to the Surin Islands. The archipelago lies in the Andaman Sea, protected as a National Reserve. The huge coral reef is especially appreciated, in the “thickets” of which thousands of fish live, including rare specimens: surgeon fish, parrot fish, Mauritanian idol and black reef shark. And if you’re lucky, you can meet a giant tortoise slowly swimming by.

Snorkeling in Phuket is just as good. Here it is one of the most common entertainment. Almost every tourist has a mask for swimming, a snorkel and flippers to plunge into the depths of the sea at any time and admire the wonders of the underwater world. But snorkeling in Phuket is fraught with some danger, as you can meet poisonous puffer fish and predatory moray eels.

Recreational divers appreciate the wonderful spots off Kradan, Nyangan, Similan, Koh Chang, Tao and Phi Phi, as well as the many tiny islands off the coast where good snorkelling can be organized.

What is beautiful about Zanzibar

This small archipelago off the eastern coast of the African continent is washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean from all sides. Consists of many small islands, the beaches of which are ideal for snorkelling. According to experts, Zanzibar is the best place on the planet for snorkeling. The underwater world here is surprisingly colorful and diverse. Tourists can admire rare species of corals, meet a butterfly fish, a starfish or a sea urchin, a humpback whale or a harmless whale shark, funny dolphins, a lionfish or a stingray, a turtle or an octopus, a squid or a huge crab.

Snorkeling in the archipelago is safe and unforgettable.

From Zanzibar to Tunisia

From the east coast of Africa we will head to the north of the black continent, to Tunisia. The country lies in the subtropical zone and is washed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This famous place attracts not only snorkelers, but also divers. Underwater reliefs develop into bizarre labyrinths, the bottom is dotted with corals, among which bright tropical fish and other marine inhabitants scurry about. The resorts of Tabarka, Hammamet, Mahdia and Monastir, the island of Djerba are the best places for underwater walks.

Snorkeling in Tunisia is possible from June to October, the rest of the time the sea is cold and muddy due to undercurrents.

The Maldives is a tourist’s dream

When offering trips to the Maldives, agencies do not forget to remind tourists that here they can go snorkeling and get unforgettable impressions of the beauties of the seabed. The Maldives is synonymous with luxury and well-being. There is a rich marine flora and fauna, which is perfectly visible in clear water at a depth of up to 25-30 meters. You can not only admire corals, flocks of bright fish and huge turtles, but also make high-quality underwater photography. Snorkeling in the Maldives can be diversified by the study of sunken ships.

Scuba diving in Bali

Snorkeling in Bali is an unforgettable experience. This small island belongs to the Malay Archipelago, washed from the north by the Bali Sea, and from the south by the Indian Ocean. Scientists call this place «the center of life of the World Ocean.» More than 10 thousand species of fish live here, six of the seven species of sea turtles known to science, the variety of jellyfish and underwater vegetation is amazing. Many representatives of marine flora and fauna are found only in the area of ​​the Malay Archipelago. One cannot but agree that Bali is a real paradise for snorkelers and divers. By the way, near Bali are the Nusa Islands, where you can meet the sea devil — a giant stingray.

Romantic Cyprus

This island lies in the Mediterranean Sea, 380 km from Egypt and only 75 km from Turkey. The favorable climate (even in winter the average air temperature is 15-20 degrees) and the warm gentle sea attract thousands of tourists to the coast. Scuba diving occupies an important place among the recreational activities of vacationers. Snorkeling in Cyprus is more suitable for beginners — the waters of the sea are calm, underwater life is peaceful and does not pose a threat to divers.

The article lists the best places for snorkeling that can be found on our planet. It is also worth paying attention to the Seychelles, the Philippines, the Galapagos and Solomon Islands, the Bahamas. The list was based on reviews of experienced tourists traveling the world and having the opportunity to compare the underwater worlds of the seas and oceans.

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