Snorkeling is an activity that anyone can take up, and it is ideal for those that like to explore and learn about the underwater world. Perfect for groups of friends or families with small children, this is a relaxing and educational sport for all. The location in which you go snorkeling however can have a huge impact on how much you see and what you will get out of the trip.
1) Cayman Islands
A Caribbean location which is hot with tourists, this is a great place to go if you want a load of different sea life to see, plenty if different sized sea life and great visibility to view it all in. Look for a gorgeous beach at Cemetery Reef, underwater caves at Eden Rock, and rays at Stingray City. If you are looking for a good site for snorkeling for kids then this is ideal as it can keep people of all ages entertained.
As Dominica has nine volcanoes which have generated plenty of sea life over the years, this is one of the most fascinating locations to visit. Take a boat trip off to the Champagne Reef (so called because of the lovely bubbles!) and discover the wide variety of sea life down there whilst also finding plenty of colorful photo opportunities.
A protected area in the Caribbean, it is easy to understand why this is a top snorkeling location. With clear waters and such a wide variety of sea creatures it is no wonder that it is such a popular site. In this area you will be going in and out of caves, swimming through a variety of currents and clambering through caverns so make sure that if you are heading to this location that you are reasonably fit and up to the physical challenge.
Famous for their big sea life, the Bahamas, especially in Bimini is a great place to visit if you want to see sharks and dolphins. Go out on tours to swim with dolphins and experience the range of sites that the area has to offer such as the Healing Hole which is considered by locals to be the Fountain of Youth, Sapona where you can take a snorkeling tour around a ship and Bimini Road which is thought to be the lost city of Atlantis.
The Maldives is one of the most romantic spots in the world, renowned for its various snorkeling and scuba diving locations. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and a wide variety of sea life, you can’t help but fall in love with the Maldives and all the snorkeling options it has to offer. Most resorts will offer good deals with their all inclusive packages so that you can include snorkeling in your vacation at some point. One particular highlight is the coral and wreck at the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo which is easily reachable by boat.
Visit April to November and you will most likely be lucky enough to see more than 100 feet away, the visibility in Bali waters, more specifically near Menjangan Island is second to none. With huge coral and a range of colorful fish swimming in and out of the reef, it is one of the most beautiful and untouched places on the planet. Recently named as part of the Bali National Park community, this protected area should maintain its beauty for many years to come.
Head to Fiji for some of the most colorful displays of sea life that you will ever see. With a vast array of corals and underwater sea mounts looking like mountains in the deep blue, it is impossible to hate something this beautiful. Strong currents and dominate Bligh Water so make sure that you always remember safety precautions and make sure that you are a strong swimmer before you take on this great place.
Overall, make sure that when choosing snorkeling spots that they offer packages at prices that you are happy with. Look for quality instructors so that you can feel safe in the water and also opt for places that have distinct natural beauty so that the experience can certainly be one to remember.
This article was written by freelance blog writer – Michele Ohare. Passionate creative and non-fiction writers with 7 years of writing experience.