Whenever you’re feeling like you need to go to a different world for a break, heading underwater is probably the most effective thing you can do. And while scuba diving gives you the most freedom underwater, snorkelling is great for exploring the sea without needing much experience. Even children can do it, and it’s so much fun!
Snorkelling is a great way to immerse yourself in nature to explore the local ecosystems, whether you’re an aspiring marine biologist or you just want to get acquainted with underwater wildlife.
We have compiled the best snorkelling destinations from around the world with the most beautiful marine landscapes. Start planning your snorkelling trip with your friends now and cross one more thing off your bucket list!
1. Maui, Hawaii
We have written about Maui before, but it is no surprise that we are mentioning it again with all the natural beauty that this island has to offer. See sea turtles in their natural habitat at the legend-filled volcanic crater Molokini which is located just off the coast of Maui.
You can even take excursions and train inside a designated training pool at the Grand Wailea resort if you are new to snorkelling.
2. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Belize is home to the second longest reef in the world at 185 miles, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. From the international airport at Belize City, you can either take a 15-minute flight or a 45-minute ferry to Ambergris Caye. This has been made accessible thanks to the Scuba School Belize.
If you choose this destination, make sure to visit the Blue Hole – a 1000 foot diameter (!) vertical cave filled with stalactites.
3. Ilha Grande, Brazil
Between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, off the coast of Brazil, lies the wild island of Ilha Grande. This island feels mostly untouched, filled with jungles and an amazing flora and fauna. Best of all, it is surrounded by clear blue waters that are filled to the brim with colourful fish.
Swim with seahorses, turtles, angelfish and much more at the Lagoa Azul – the Blue Lagoon. You can also dive to see remnants of shipwrecks from the battles between the pirates and the Portuguese if that is your kind of thing.
4. Big Island, Hawaii
While Hawaii is surrounded by gorgeous snorkelling spots as mentioned earlier, the Big Island has the most to offer. The underwater state park at Kealakekua Bay has a lot of history as it marks the location where Captain James Cook first landed on the island. The waters are filled with the most colourful corals and fish, and you can also see dolphins and turtles near the Captain Cook Monument.
5. Blue Lagoon, Malta
This is probably Malta’s most popular snorkelling spot, which is located between the islet of Cominotto and the island of Comino. Like any good snorkelling spot, the water is crystal clear and the sand is white as can be. A true little piece of heaven!
The Blue Lagoon has even been used as a filming location for the film The Count of Monte Cristo. As a bonus, this location does not require you to travel very far as it is located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea.
6. Palawan, The Philippines
The Philippines may not be the first place to come to mind when speaking of snorkelling destinations, but the waters surrounding the 7000 islands make up a very diverse eco-system. This underwater world is filled with breathtaking wildlife and fun snorkelling opportunities. From diving in the Bay of Donsol to swimming with whale sharks or admiring the coral reefs outside of Noa Noa Island, there is always natural beauty to take your breath away.
Visit Honda Bay, Tubbatha Reef, Starfish Island and Cowrie Island for an amazing underwater experience you won’t forget.
Wherever you decide to go on this list, you will not regret going on a snorkelling adventure with your friends.
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