Snorkeling is one of the easiest and fun ways to safely explore the oceans and the beautiful life thriving within it. It is safe for children of all ages and even for older people. Snorkeling is one super activity that I think everyone should have on their bucket list. There’s really no experience quite like it – it allows you to keep your head above the water (just barely) while still getting to discover the incredible natural underwater ecosystem.
1. The Province Of Palawan
This expansive region in the Philippines consists of nearly 2000 islands, besides the main Palawan Island, surrounded by a number of different water bodies, such as the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. However, one of the most famous snorkeling spots in this small but vast island province is the Bay of Donsol, which is well known for its population of Whale Sharks, a protected species. A few lucky travelers have gotten the chance to swim next to these massive, beautiful and harmless creatures of the sea.
2. Koh Kradan
This island off the west coast of Thailand is a fantastic place to snorkel and is located in the Andaman Sea, off the shoreline of a national park. The Hat Chao Mai National Park is a great place for camping as well, with tents available for the full outdoor feel. This quiet coastland is home to schools of our familiar friend Nemo, the clownfish, and endless beds of sea anemone, the usual nesting grounds of clownfish. The southeastern corner of this island has a drop-off zone of about 1 km that is very popular for off-the-beach snorkeling.
3. Komodo Island
To the south of the above two islands is the country of Indonesia, below which the Island of Komodo is located. This island is not only the land of the largest lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon but also to a plethora of marine life. This makes it an ideal place for snorkeling. One great location on this island is the Pink Beach. It is chock full of beds of soft and hard coral and schools of colorful fish. This beach, with its pristine water and pink-sanded shoreline, is home to manta rays, hawksbill turtles and even dolphins.
4. Key Largo
If you are a fan of turtles, this might be the place for you. While most coral reefs of Florida suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017, this upper area of the Florida Keys was located in the eye of the storm. Most of the reefs survived with minimal destruction. This upper Florida Key is the home ground for loggerhead turtles, hawksbill turtles, and green turtles, protected within the territories of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. If you’re snorkeling in this region, you might even be lucky enough to see southern stingrays and even the elusive nurse shark.
5. The Big Island
The entire archipelago of Hawaii is surrounded on all sides by many lovely snorkeling spots. The beaches of the Kailua-Kona are famous for the large populations of green sea turtles found all over. One of the most well-known spots for snorkeling in Kona is Kahaluu Beach Park, a small bay with few waves. Other areas have populations of surgeonfish, butterfly fish, as well as dolphins and seals. However, for one of the greatest snorkeling experiences of your life, the Big Island of Hawaii is the place to go.
6. Ilha Grande
This beautiful trough of wilderness lies smack in the middle of Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo. This island beyond the coastline of Brazil is filled with jungles inhabited by scores of monkeys and surrounded by pure blue water. These waters are teeming with schools of colorful tropical fish, and if you visit the Lagoa Azul, one of the many lagoons in this area, you may encounter turtles, angelfish and even swim alongside the seahorses. This island is a treasure trove of underwater caves and submerged jungles. There are even remnants from old battles between the natives and pirates, with the debris from shipwrecks scattered all over.