Diving and snorkeling have always been one of the most fun activities in the water. It is always a fulfilling experience to be able to dive in with beautiful, colorful and jaw-dropping creatures, and who doesn’t wish to go scuba diving and get in touch with the amazing sea life beneath?
However, before heading to a snorkeling destination, there are a lot of things that you need to take into account.
For a start, traveling sometimes can be full of surprises, that’s why you need to make sure to have snorkeling and scuba diving insurance as well as general travel insurance.
Also, many of these places are not located in urban areas, that’s why you need to make sure that your hotel or any other accommodations forms are available. Most importantly, make sure to do enough research before taking the airplane to your travel destination.
Make sure to read through as we provide you with facts about some of the greatest places for diving and snorkeling.
The Province of Palawan contains around 2000 islands and several water bodies. But the most popular place to go scuba diving and snorkeling in is the bay of Donsol.
It is famous for having a population of protected whale sharks, and only a few lucky travelers had the opportunity of diving with these amazing harmless creatures.
Make sure to take a trip to this travel destination and to check out the coast off Noa Noa Island, in which you can see the coral reefs.
For beginners’ level adventurers, The Honda Bay is a good location to begin your story with snorkeling and learning scuba diving basics; since it has an abundance of sea life that you can swim along. While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Tubbataha Reef.
You can also visit El Nido if you are a fan of kayaking, or take the airplane if you are looking for more destinations to snorkel in the south and the west of the Philippines.
Located on the west coast of Thailand, it is a great spot to snorkel. The Hat Chao Mai National Park is a great place if you want to save up money on hotels since it allows you to camp with tents available on the spot.
This coastland contains a variety of sea life and has a wider variety of fish than most of the surrounding areas -such as clownfish and sea anemone- making it an exciting location for diving and snorkeling.
The southeastern side of Koh Kradan gives you the best off-the-beach snorkeling, with amazing scenery of the beach on one side and the forest on the other.
However, hopefully, you don’t mind mid-range accommodations such as small resorts in your vacation out there. But there are always options for higher class places such as Koh Lanta and Koh Muk.
It is known as the land of the biggest lizard on the globe and a large and excessive amount of marine life. The thing that makes it the perfect spot for deep sea diving.
A location that will make the money you spent and all the airlines and airport trouble worth it is definitely the pink beach. In this mesmerizing place, you’ll forget about your health insurance, social media, and smartphone, and you’ll just focus on the hard coral and the variety of colorful beautiful fish.
The beach was called this way thanks to its pink-sanded shoreline, and it gives you the chance to watch dolphins, manta rays as well as some types of turtles. Unfortunately, the road can be kind of weak, but it is worth it in the end.
If you are a big turtle’s aficionado, this is the location for you. This reef has recently survived the Hurricane Irma in 2017 with minimal damage. It is home to various turtle’s species such as green, loggerhead, and hawksbill ones; which are protected by authorities of the state.
Using the right underwater equipment, if you are snorkeling or scuba diving in this area you may have the chance to watch southern stingrays and the elusive nurse shark.
The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was among the places that were hit by the hurricane; however, one of the most amazing tourist’s attractions in the park which is the statue underwater “Christ of the Abyss” was unharmed.
You can have great family time in the park with a variety of activities it offers including boat tours.
The Big Island
Hawaii is one of the most famous snorkeling spots in the world. The beaches of the Kailua-Kona are home to a huge number of green sea turtles that are spread all over.
Kahaluu Beach Park is an attractive destination for snorkeling, which is distinct by being a small bay with a small number of waves.
And if you are lucky, you may be able to watch surgeonfish, butterfly fish, and dolphins in other locations. Most importantly, if you are looking for an unforgettable snorkeling day, the Big Island of Hawaii is your refuge.
The underwater state park of Kealakekua Bay is one of the most important landmarks of Hawaii, which glorifies the first place captain James Cook arrived at by a monument.
This spot is ideal for island divers since it offers different types of fish and, everyone’s favorites, turtles and dolphins. Don’t forget to check out Honaunau Bay for a much fulfilling sea life experience. So, make sure to find a reliable online travel agent and take a tropical flight to Hawaii.
Located in the Virgin Islands, Buck Island is a small island that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling beginners. Traveling agencies are spread all over the island offering many activities for tourists such as adventure tours and cruises.
Buck Island enjoys a variety of beautiful natural scenery including the almighty Elkhorn coral barrier reef and diverse sea life such as elusive octopus as well as beautiful sea turtles.
This area is worth the long-haul flight you may take since it includes more than 250 different species that you may come across. And in case you had enough of the water, you can pack your trekking backpack and go for hiking trips. You will also have the chance to see one of the best beaches in the world on this island.
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Located in the middle of Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Ilha Grande combines the beauty of forests filled with monkeys with amazing pure beaches. These waters are full of beautiful tropical fish.
If you had the chance to pay the Lagoa Azul a visit, you may come across angelfish, seahorses, and turtles. Ilha Grande waters are also filled with underwater caves and submerged jungles.
Moreover, you will also witness historical evidence of old fights that took place between the natives and pirates. When you visit this island, make sure to cut all connections with the outer world and just enjoy the wilderness and the sea life you will come across when diving and snorkeling.
This island is a combination of 13 major volcanic islands and a number of smaller ones. Many amazing and beautiful species have Galapagos Island as their natural habitat; they have evolved and accustomed themselves to the special nature of this island.
This place was what inspired the great naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin to carry out his research called “Laboratory of Evolution”; which is thanks to the characteristics of the wildlife it contains.
The forest of the islands it combines contains lava lizards, tortoises, and geckos among several others. It is also known as a spot for snakes (both in the jungle and the ocean).
Scuba diving deals here can give you the opportunity to swim along Parrotfish, an abundance of sea turtles, rays, the King Angelfish; and you may even see Sea Lions. Some lucky people may even see orcas.
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Covering a big area of 185 km, this barrier reef is found in the coastline of the Caribbean. It is near Belize, which is another famous snorkeling location; especially in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
The water of this mesmerizing reef is crystalline turquoise and it is home to diverse beautiful colorful fish; as well as rays, eels, and sharks.
There are various snorkeling locations along the Belize coast, and many tourists services on the area provide guided activities that will take you to the Hol Chan Marine reserve and Ambergris Caye; however, in case you desired more snorkeling options, head to the city of San Pedro.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef stretches along the distance of 2300 km. This mesmerizing natural treasure covers about 1400 km of Australian coastline and hosts about 3000 separate and distinct reefs. Moreover, it is the biggest ecosystem of coral reefs on earth.
This large reefs expansion reaches around 900 islands. However, the most popular snorkeling location is Whitsunday Island, which is home to so many marine species such as manta rays, beautiful colored fish, sharks and other kinds of corals.
It has even some ‘Nemos’ and barracudas living in there, as well as interesting remnants of shipwrecks. This abundance of bright, colorful creatures as well as gaze owning sites make the Great Barrier Reef the perfect spot for marine adventures including boat tours and scuba diving as well as snorkeling.