When you think of snorkeling, East Asia may not exactly 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 level.

Under the surface of the sea, you’ll explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs and come face to face with sea turtles, manta rays, and clownfish laying in their sea anemone.

Snorkeling destinations in East Asia


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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 (...)