Spots so vibrant you’ll never want to return to reality
1.) The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Teeming with schools of fluorescent fish and untouched coral, The Great Barrier Reef is a dream for those who love to snorkel or dive. The 2,900 reefs that make up The Great Barrier Reef stretch for nearly 1,400 miles and can be seen from outer space- meaning you can explore this beautiful underwater life endlessly. A snorkeler at The Great Barrier Reef will see hundreds of reef fish and brilliant coral, mantra rays, sea turtles and countless other stunning sights. Every year people travel across the world to experience this one-of-a kind marine adventure, so whether you’re a beginner or not you better add it to your bucket list!
2.) Bimini Island, Bahamas
Bimini Island in the Bahamas is praised for the incredible snorkeling that its beautiful clearwater beaches have to offer. Only about seven miles long, this small island lies on the gulfstream and has been known for having extremely diverse plant life and unique types of fish. Wander through Bimini Road, a snorkeling site thought to be connected to the lost city of Atlantis! Rainbow Reef and LaChance Rocks are also wonderful spots to snorkel because of the incredible visibility and sights that you will experience!
3.) Hanauma Bay, Hawaii
Hawaii is home to the most exotic beaches on planet earth and is truly an ocean lovers paradise! While Hawaii is home to countless snorkeling sites, Hanauma Bay is most famous because of its high fish count and calm waters. Hanauma Bay is such a popular destination to snorkel that there is a 3,000 visitor cap per day in order to protect this Natural Preserve! While snorkeling in Hanauma one can expect to see all types of beautiful wildlife including Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, one of Hawaii’s former state fish. There are grass picnic areas near the bay so you can enjoy a lunch with a gorgeous view after a long day underwater!
4.) Fiji Islands
Home to over 330 perfect and pristine islands, Fiji is an outstanding destination for snorkeling along palm-lined beaches! With waters that dazzle like diamonds, one can expect to experience snorkeling with the clearest visibility in the world. Swim comfortably through Fiji’s warm waters and admire the healthiest and most vibrant coral there is. A trip to Fiji will put every island you’ve ever travelled to right to shame!
5.) Grand Cayman Islands
Dip right into Grand Cayman’s baby blue waters but please, for your own sake, don’t forget a snorkel mask! Hover over white lush sand and a mass of vibrant coral connected by tunnels and caves at Eden Rock. While you’re here you will not want to miss a visit to Stingray City, world-famous for giving people the opportunity to interact with southern stingrays!
6.) Huahine, French Polynesia
For a truly serene snorkeling adventure visit French Polynesia’s Huahine, a paradise everyone wants a piece of. This small island is only a short flight from Tahiti’s largest town and boasts beautiful blue lagoons and spectacular scenery that makes for incredible snorkeling.
7.) Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
Snorkel with sea turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize! A visit to this hot destination will give you the opportunity to see the most rich marine life in all of Belize- and possibly even the chance to come face to face with a southern stingray! So, jump right into Belize’s stunning turquoise waters for an unbelizeable experience!
8.) Lover’s Cove, Catalina Island, California
Some come to California to stroll down The Hollywood Walk of Fame, but others come to experience the most incredible snorkeling in the entire world- and that’s no exaggeration! Lovers Cove is home to an abundant plant life including kelp forest, eel grass, sea fans and many more. With a high fish content, expect to be circled by a school of colourful fish while enjoying an amazing water clarity!
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