It is not recommended to snorkel from the mainland coast, because the rivers descending from tropical forests pour a large quantity of particle into the sea: the water is consequently often murky, with a very poor underwater visibility. Most of Venezuela’s snorkeling spots are therefore located on the islands of the Caribbean Sea.
Although located some 20km from the continental coast, Isla de Margarita also has poor underwater visibility. If you are staying on the island (the most accessible in the country), consider a boat tour to Los Frailes archipelago, which is home to some good snorkeling spots.
75km off Puerto La Cruz, Isla de la Tortuga is a superb coral island surrounded by reefs and sandbanks. To snorkel there, book a day trip from Puerto La Cruz. You can also spend the night in basic accommodation on the island or on Cayo Herradura, located nearby.
Further north is the island of Blanquilla and Islas de los Hermanos, popular with scuba divers. There is no accommodation available on site (the islands are entirely natural), so the only solution to go snorkeling is to book a liveaboard cruise, but these are generally designed for divers.
If all these islands will delight snorkeling aficionados, the must of snorkeling in Venezuela remains the Los Roques archipelago, a vast 400km2 lagoon bordered by hundreds of islands and coral cays. The National Park that protects the archipelago was created in 1972, and is said to be the largest of all the Caribbean. To discover the exceptional underwater life of Los Roques, you can stay on the island of Gran Roque (where there is a small airport) and then explore the different islands with day trips, such as Cayo de Agua.
The coasts of Venezuela are home to typically Caribbean ecosystems and sea life. Shallow reefs abound with butterflyfish, angelfish, surgeons and hundreds of other colorful species. In the marines reserves and National Parks, you may also encounter rays, sea turtles, nurse sharks and lobsters, including at shallow spots.
Snorkeling can be done all year round in Venezuela, but it is advised to choose the dry season (which extends from November to May), as rain can greatly reduce the underwater visibility.
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