Beach lover and snorkeling fanatic? Here are some places where you can spend the day on a beautiful beach, and have a top-quality snorkeling session from the shore. Snorkeling Report brings you its top 10 most beautiful beaches for snorkeling. Check it out!

HANAUMA BAY Big Island #1

Hanauma Bay lagoon, nestling in an ancient volcano crater, is indisputably one of the finest landscapes in Hawaii. Its sandy beach is ideal for snorkeling, as you can observe a multicolored underwater life, including the green sea turtle, in conditions of optimal safety.

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 3/5

WEST BAY Honduras #2

A white sandy beach, palm trees and colorful boats on a crystal sea – West Bay is an enchantment. But the spectacle is at its finest under the water: multi-colored coral cascading in the deep blue water, parrotfish in abundance, shoals of tang and several species of angelfish, and all in exceptional visibility. West Bay is a must for snorkeling in Roatan, and certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean.

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 5/5

ANSE LAZIO Seychelles #3

Anse Lazio is frequently listed among the most beautiful beaches in the world, and is one of the sites you shouldn’t miss in the Seychelles. Ringed with palm trees and tacamahac trees, with a fine carpet of white sand, crystal-clear water of a dazzling blue – the attraction is immediate. At either end of the beach, bedecked with granite rocks, there are excellent opportunities for snorkeling.

Our view: Beach 5/5 – Snorkeling 2/5

RAS UM SID Egypt #4

Ras Um Sid is without doubt the finest coastal landscapes of the Red Sea Riviera. Its shallow coastal lagoon, with translucent waters sheltered by a coral reef, is ideal for snorkeling. On the outer part of the reef you will find clownfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, and shoals of sea goldie living above an exceptional coral wall.

Our view: Beach 3/5 – Snorkeling 5/5

PAIN DE SUCRE Guadeloupe #5

This tiny beach, situated in Les Saintes (Guadeloupe archipelago), is a little taste of paradise. In the shadow of the Pain de Sucre (Sugarloaf), its golden sand and palm trees bathe in translucent waters that are ideal for a snorkeling session.

Our view: Beach 5/5 – Snorkeling 3/5

AKUMAL BAY Mexico #6

Akumal is the most famous and busiest snorkeling spot in the Mexican Riviera Maya. Facing a white sandy beach lined with coconut trees, its crystal-clear waters, protected by a coral reef, are the guarantee of encounters with green sea turtles.

Our view: Beach 3/5 – Snorkeling 5/5

CALANQUE DE SORMIOU South France #7

The Calanque de Sormiou is for many people the most beautiful calanque near Marseille. Its shades of blue, the fishermen’s houses and pine trees on the cliffs all charm thousands of visitors each year. Under the water, you can explore one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Mediterranean France. A large number of fish swim between the sea grass, the rocky drop-off and the pure white sandy sea bed.

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 2/5

LAS BACHAS BEACH Galápagos Islands #8

Between the white sand, the black rocks, the turquoise water, or the pink flamingos the beach at Las Bachas offers strikingly colorful and contrasted views. The shallow seabed close to the beach lends itself nicely to beautiful explorations using fins, mask, and snorkel. Common sightings includes green turtles, rays, parrotfish, and even some silvertip sharks.

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 3/5

N'GOUJA BEACH Mayotte #9

Golden sand, luxuriant vegetation, baobabs hanging over a turquoise bay… N’Gouja Beach, located on the south side of Mayotte, hosts probably the most beautiful places on the island. N’Gouja is known as an exceptional site for observing sea turtles, which come daily to feed on the seagrass beds.

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 5/5

FURUZAMAMI BEACH Japan #10

Furuzamami boasts crystal-clear waters, lined with black rocks and white sand. Marine life is exceptionally abundant around the coral formations rimming the western side of the beach: hundreds of green chromis hidden in acropora clusters, lots of clownfish, gorgeous clown triggerfish hidden underneath rocks and even sea snakes sliding on the seabed looking for their next prey…

Our view: Beach 4/5 – Snorkeling 4/5