We Know: The 10 Best Places to Snorkel
There are amazing snorkeling sites all over the world. Here are some of the best.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the world's most famous snorkeling and scuba diving spots and is the largest reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef extends for two thousand kilometers (approx 1,200 miles) along the eastern coast of Australia, and contains thousands of species of marine life. Snorkeling spots have to be reached by boats, with most leaving from the city of Cairns.
2. The Out Islands, The Bahamas
The Out Islands of the Bahamas are a group of islands that border the third largest barrier reef in the world. There is wonderful snorkeling that can be accessed right off the beach from many spots on each of the islands. The Out Islands are especially known for abundant marine animal life. Another option is to take a boat out for further exploration.
3. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapogos Islands are know for amazing and unique animal life out of water, however, the marine life in the waters surrounding the island is also very impressive. Peaceful white-tipped reef sharks, purple octopi and sea turtles are some of the highlights to be found just off the beaches.
4. The Turks & Caicos Islands
The Turks & Caicos Islands are located 575 miles southeast of Miami. This group of islands is home to pristine waters perfect for snorkeling. In addition to snorkeling right from the beach, full or half day adventures take you to more remote beaches with interesting rock and coral formations.
5. Belize's Barrier Reef
The barrier reef off the coast of Belize is one of the largest in the world and is ideal for snorkeling. Much of the reef is located in shallow waters that make the wide variety of animal life and coral formation easily accessible to even novice snorkelers.
6. The Red Sea, Egypt
The Red Sea in Egypt is known among scuba divers and snorkelers for amazing marine life. Eels, sharks, manta rays and turtles will actually eat food straight out of your hands.
7. The Florida Keys, United States
The only living coral reef in North America is found in the Florida Keys. Shallow reefs ideal for snorkeling are home to a wide variety of marine life.
8. The Fiji Islands, Fiji
The coral reefs of Fiji display a rainbow of color. Protected bays and coves allow these reefs to develop and create excellent conditions for snorkeling.
9. The Big Island, Hawaii
There is excellent snorkeling in many places around Hawaii. The Kahaluu Beach Park on the big island is known as one of the best snorkeling spots in the world.
10. The Whitsundays, Australia
The Whitsunday Islands in Australia are located just below the Great Barrier Reef. Many feel that snorkeling at the Whitsundays actually surpasses that of the Great Barrier Reef. Close to white sand beaches, there are amazing rock and coral formations and the water is teaming with sea life.