Top10 Best Snorkeling Destinations
It is hard to choose the best snorkeling destinations in the world. There are, after all, many wonderful places to discover, and an endless wealth of natural environment to explore. Snorkeling Report brings you a selection of 10 destinations any snorkeler should visit at least once. Il will provide you a memories of a lifetime and we bet you’ll never want to come home!
▲ Some of the most stunning beaches in the world, hawksbill sea turtles laying just under the surface of Indian Ocean, and, just before your eyes, vibrant coral reefs where angelfish, spotted eagle rays and blacktip reef sharks abound. Which place could be better than the Seychelles ?
▲ Whether you are dreaming to swim with spinner dolphins off the coast of Big Island, to play hide-and-seek with an Hawaiian monk seal in Kauai or to come face-to-face with green sea turtles in Maui, the volcanic island of Hawaii will surely provide you some of your best snorkeling memories.
▲ The Red Sea Riviera is without doubt one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. Put on your mask and with a few strokes of your swim fins, you will soon be enjoying clownfish in their sea anemone, shoals of bannerfish and reef-flats covered by giant clams. No matter where you snorkel in Egypt, the reefs are stunning and provide a marine habitat for some of the world’s most colourful marine species.
▲ The Riviera Maya offers an unequalled diversity of snorkeling spots. Lose yourself into the clear emerald green waters of a cenote near Tulum, experience the wonder of swimming with a majestic whale shark off Cancun, and finally relax with green sea turtles in the shallow waters of exquisite Akumal Bay… If you are opting for adventure, look no further.
▲ The 17 000 Indonesian islands features some of World's most pristine beaches and coral reefs. Head to Bali, the Gili Islands or Sulawesi, where you can snorkel with clownfish, green and hawksbill sea turtles, or the fascinating ocean sunfish, known locally as "mola mola".
▲ Japan just might be the snorkeling world's best-kept secret! Can you imagine what its 6800 islands, from the chilly north to the tropical south, have to offer? Don’t miss the subtropical paradise of Okinawa islands, where you will come face to face with manta rays, clownfish, sea turtles, angelfish, sea snakes, and a whole range of other marine species.
▲ Guadeloupe is a French archipelago made up of two main islands and a number of neighboring islands, which has the biggest coral reef in the Lesser Antilles. Do you feel like swimming with lemon sharks in 3ft of water un Petite Terre, exploring the crystal-clear coves of Les Saintes, or snorkeling the Pigeon islands that captivated Jacques Cousteau and inspired his underwater research and adventures?
▲ Although tourist frequentation has strongly contributed to the deterioration of its coral reefs in most popular places, Thailand remains a world-class snorkeling destination. Its lush tropical coasts, reefs and islands offers a wide choice of snorkeling spots, in both Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. In this natural aquarium, sights of clownfish, manta rays and reef sharks are guaranteed.
▲ With an expansive coral reef system located just off its coast, Belize is a perfect place for snorkeling. Fuel your life with adrenaline by swimming with dozens of nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley, or head to the Blue Hole, a giant -and mytical- submarine sinkhole lying in the center of Lighthouse Reef, one of the only four atolls of the Caribbean.
▲ Mayotte is the hidden gem of southwestern Indian Ocean. This small French island is surrounded by an over 100 miles-long barrier reef, home to dolphins, whales, manta rays and dugong. Although you will probably start by snorkeling N’Gouja Bay, one of the best place in the world to encounter green sea turtles, don’t leave the island without exploring the islets, channels and patch reefs dispersed throughout the stunning lagoon.
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