Comparatively easier to learn than scuba diving, snorkeling is a great activity to experience marine life and underwater coral structures. It requires less gears and is very easy to learn when compared to scuba diving which can take day to learn. This very ease makes it one of the most favorite activities of travelers visiting beach destinations. Almost all exotic beach destinations offer snorkeling as one of their many aquatic sporting activities. Let look at our list of 7 snorkeling destinations known for their pristine natural beauty and captivating marine life.
Pigeon Cay (Honduras): Pigeon cay is an uninhabited island alluring visitors with its crystal clear blue water and long sandy beach. Just 45 minutes from Roatan, it’s a great snorkeling destination for beginners as the water here is calm and full of aquatic life. Pigeon cay is a lush green island bordered by an unspoiled white beach. The place is mostly empty and thus making it perfect for couples and people seeking solitude.
Bimini Islands (Bahamas): One of the best destinations to spot aquatic life is Bimini Islands in Bahamas. It’s known to be a great place to spot Atlantic spotted dolphins. There are a variety of guided snorkeling tours available for travelers, which dramatically increases the chance of spotting dolphins and other exotic marine animals.
St. John (USA): It’s a paradise for snorkelers as most places in and around the island are well protected and offer a sight of undisturbed marine life. This Virgin Island destination is perfect for both beginners and experienced snorkelers offering something for everyone.
Grand Cayman (Cayman Island): Crystal clear water and hordes of southern stingray makes this one of the most popular snorkeling destinations in the world. Stingray city, located near the island is a shallow stretch of water and a great place to spot stingrays all year round. Summer is the best time to visit Grand Cayman for its calm conditions.
Sidapan Island (Malaysia): An island in Celebes Sea, the waters around Sidapan teems with marine life. With more than 3000 species of fish, it’s a perfect destination for snorkelers and marine biologists. Green turtles, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and, eagle rays are a part of a long list of marine animals visiting the water near the island. The island is a protected area and travelers need a special permit to visit.
Uepi Island (Soloman Islands): It’s a small island off the northern coast of the Australia. It is a perfect destination for travelers and snorkelers looking get the feel of undisturbed nature. The small island of Uepi is only 1.5 km long and and a little above 500 meters wide. With a perfect blend of an undisturbed rain forest and a beautiful sandy beach surrounding it, Uepi Island is great for travelers seeking some solitude.
Menjangan Island (Indonesia): This uninhabited island is a part of West Bali National Park and is well protected. Its a great place to witness breathtaking coral structures and exotic marine life at their undisturbed best. A type of wild deer locally called “manjangan” also inhabits the island.
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