10 Best Snorkeling Destinations

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10 Best Snorkeling Destinations Around the World

As Wildlife lovers praise the different species around the globe, marine life enthusiasts rank some water sports like snorkeling exceptional.

Few adventure seekers have got the magical chance to explore the underwater. If this is your dream, below are the best snorkeling destinations you must visit for an adventure like no other.


From Turquoise waters, coral reefs to diverse aquatic life, Madagascar is a destination to impress lovers of marine life. More than playful mammalian inhabitants, Madagascar has plenty under waters to marvel.

Apart from the small islands of Nosy Tanikey that plays host to manta rays, surgeonfish, barracuda and triggerfish, the coral-fringed lagoon in the south of Lokaro is a home for the pretty sea turtles. From July to September, Baie d’Antongil in the north of lle Sainte Marie is a breeding spot for humpback Whales.


Belize’s 300km coral-fringed coast is the reason why travelers prefer this destination for incredible snorkeling adventures. There multiple sites that are ideal for this great water sport. One of them is the Blue Hole, a 300m diameter depression that is engulfed by a wall of coral.

Another spot you should not omit is the Emerald forest reef. This natural wonder delights trippers with endless views of spectacular nature reserves and the rare whale sharks.

New Zealand

Off the coast of Northland, you find Poor Knights Islands, one of New Zealand’s best sites for diving. It differentiates itself unique with sport colorful gorgonians and sponges that inhabit nudibranchs and crayfish.

If that’s not enough, make sure to include Newland on your wish list for views of the notable seals and dolphins. These aquatic species are more common in Kaikoura, a known town on the southern end of New Zealand.

Chumbe Island, Tanzania

If there is a destination you must not ignore for extraordinary snorkeling excursions, it’s Chumbe Island in Tanzania, East Africa. This island includes Chumbe Island Coral Park, a private area that comprises of a marine park and bungalows with perfectly adorned rooms.

Snorkeling adventures offered in this area awards unending views of dolphins, lobster, hawksbill turtle and over 400 species of fish.

Tysfjord, Norway

For those who can’t manage to swim with sharks, snorkeling alongside huge orca can be great for you. If you are after this experience, there is no better place than the confined fjord in Norway. The best time for this adventure is during winter.

In this season orca converges on the northern fjords to feed and herd their prey into a tight ball. Therefore what you should expect are the amazing views of these creatures.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia is a dream destination for Marine life enthusiasts. Snorkeling is the best way to have it to your best. It colorful reefs and atolls provide lush habitats to a throng of fish.

From May to December, Anau in Bora Bora is a great stop for the lover of Manta rays. From there you can continue to Nuku Hiya for mind-blowing sights of the melon-headed whales and 15m humpback whales.


Every coast in Thailand has something for divers and snorkelers. If you are a person who loves exceptional adventures, Similan or Phi Phi Islands are for you.

Most of the sites in these spots are accessible by boat. Common species in these islands are an octopus, blacktip reef, whale shark and shovel-nosed rays.

Great Barrier Reef

Of all the snorkeling sites listed, the Great Barrier Reef is unmatched. Lady Elliot, an island in the Great Barrier Reef with waters teeming with turtles, leopard sharks and manta rays is exceptional.

If you are tired with wetting, you can embark on a cruise among the white sand beaches of Whitsunday Islands to spot Maori wrasse and the peculiar tasseled wobbegong.

The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.

Once you combine the Bahamas, Turks and the Caicos you will have a snorkeling or diving adventure in the Caribbean that is hard to match.

These natural wonders have a wealth of underwater life. Expect to see species like manta rays, delicate seahorses, stingrays, sharks and turtles.

Sipadan, Sabah, East Malaysia

Cousteau, a soaring under-water pinnacle of Sipadan Island offers unique snorkeling adventures hard to find anywhere else.

Thousands of hawksbill and green turtles swim among lush gorgonians in the shallow reefs fringing the island.

At 600m drop-off, snorkelers often gaze down at white-tip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and black fin barracuda.

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