When you think of snorkeling, East Asia might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But from the chilly north to the tropical south, Taiwan, Hainan, and the magical Okinawa archipelago, in Southern Japan, there are snorkeling spots to suit every taste and experience level.

Under the surface of the seas in East Asia, you’ll explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs and come face to face with sea turtles, manta rays, and clownfish laying in their sea anemone. East Asia offers some of the most incredible underwater experiences in its varied waters.

Snorkeling destinations in East Asia


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Taiwan’s crystal clear waters, warm subtropical climate and beautiful sea life make for a pleasant snorkeling experience. There are many nice snorkeling locations are found on the main island, but don't miss the outer islands of Taiwan, in particular Liuqiu Island, Green Island and the Penghu Archip (...)

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Japan may not be at the top of your snorkeling bucket list, but can you imagine what its 6800 islands, from the chilly north to the tropical south, have to offer? Japan boasts diverse marine habitats and a vast array of sea life. The subtropical Okinawan islands, in particular, are abundant with pri (...)