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!
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”.
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.
Home to a marine life found nowhere else in the world, the Galápagos archipelago is a legendary snorkeling destination. Due to a lack of natural predators, the wildlife in the Galápagos is extremely tame, with no fear of humans. Around the islands, you will snorkel with sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, reef sharks, rays, and a whole host of reef fish.
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 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.
In 1768, the day he got close to Tahiti for the first time, French explorer Bougainville is said to have cried out: “this is heaven on earth!”. There at least is one truth here: French Polynesia is an underwater paradise. Every visitor gets the chance to dive in warm, clear waters and meet stingrays, sharks and multicolored fish.
While the fringing coral reefs all around the islands have suffered in recent decades from storms and bleaching events, Bonaire’s coral reefs remain among the healthiest and the most spectacular in the Caribbean. With its shallow reefs, its calm and warm waters, its exceptional marine biodiversity and its dozens of snorkeling spots just steps from the shore, Bonaire offers some of the world’s best snorkeling.
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.