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Some of the world’s best places for snorkeling

Snorkeling offers the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting and these islands offer a stunning and beautiful marine life that can be experienced by all ages and without the use of cumbersome equipment. So whether you are young or old, just try and go snorkeling to any of these destinations which have a rich underwater flora and fauna.

1) SOLOMON ISLANDS

This hotspot for snorkelling is located in the Marovo lagoon in the Solomon Islands. Even along the coast of Welcome Jetty which is a working pier where the visitors arrive there is beautiful coral and fish.

2) RURUTU AND HUAHINE, ISLANDS OF TAHITI

Rurutu has the perfect nickname “the island of whales”. It has exceptional viewing locations to observe these mysterious marine mammals. Don’t miss a chance to dive next to a mother and her calf and listen to a male singing. It is a fascinating and very emotional moment.

3) BONAIRE

This island won Caribbean Tourism Organization for its abundant and wonderfully healthy underwater treasures. It has a vibrant, lush and pristine Caribbean reef and almost every kind of marine life that resides in the Caribbean can be found in the protected arms of the Bonaire National Marine Park. It is one of the best places to go snorkeling and discovering the spectacular marine life.

4) Lord Howe Island, Australia

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There are around 490 tropical and temperate species that reside here. There are several resident sea turtles that wander from snorkeling site to snorkeling site, almost oblivious to your presence. Only a limited number of guests are allowed on Australia’s Lord Howe Island at a time which is why you can witness the spectacle what feels like total isolation at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

5) RAJA AMPAT (WEST PAPUA, INDONESIA)

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Heralded worldwide for its incredible coral-reef biodiversity Raja Ampat has a stunning marine life with exotic soft corals of every hue, from flaming orange to pale lavender and hot pink that can be found within a few feet of the surface. It retains one of the best ranking in terms of underwater biodiversity.

6) GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. It supports a diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species, some of which may be endemic to the reef system. Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations. Go snorkeling and experience the diverse marine life here.

7) BIMINI, BAHAMAS

The clear turquoise waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean on the most western shores of The Bahamas archipelago has shallow lagoons and nearby reefs are full of colorful and oddly shaped fish with domes of brain corals and acres of seafans. The shore begins to slop gradually, and in the Florida Straits especially there are drop-offs to consider as well as caverns to explore.  If you’re willing to go a little further away from the shore, there are several shallow and deep water shipwrecks in the area that are perfect both for divers and snorkelers.

8) PLAZA SUR, GALAPAGOS

The snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands is well known for its marine life encounters. These islands are known to have strong currents and waves, and not recommended for beginner snorkelers or for children therefore the best way to enjoy the diverse snorkeling opportunities throughout the Galapagos Marine Reserve is by live-aboard cruise boat tour.


 

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