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Nine of the World’s Best Snorkeling Spots

Love the beach and swimming but want to take it a step further for your next adventure? Do your kids love animal encounters? Snorkeling is a great family activity that can be experienced in various locations and still feel different every time you go. Our contributors shared their favorite spots to go snorkeling — pick one for your next vacation!

Philippines

The Shangri-La in Cebu has a protected marine sanctuary on its shores, allowing for easy snorkeling right off the beach. You will also find kayaking and other water activities to entertain those in your group not as interested in snorkeling. Bohol is another great option for snorkeling in the Philippines.

Man surrounded by fish whilst snorkeling in Cebu, Phillipines
Man surrounded by fish whilst snorkeling in Cebu, Phillipines

Bonaire

Almost all of Bonaire’s water is legally protected as part of a National Marine Park. The water in many spots is crystal clear so you will have great visibility when exploring. Most snorkeling spots in this Caribbean island can be accessed right off the shore, so you don’t have to spend extra money on renting a boat.

Seeing a sea turtle while snorkeling in the Caribbean
Seeing a sea turtle while snorkeling in the Caribbean

Belize

Home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is a prime spot for snorkeling. Visit the popular Ambergris Caye area for easy access to snorkeling and comfortable accommodations. For more of an adventure, take a boat ride to the Outer Atolls where you will find the famous Blue Hole.

Scuba diving in Belize
Scuba diving in Belize

Galapagos

If you’re an experienced snorkeler and are looking for something aside from coral and reefs, add the Galapagos Islands to your list. Tortugas, sharks, manta rays, a variety of fish, and more will be your companions in the water.

Black Skipjack School of Fish in the Galapagos
Black Skipjack School of Fish in the Galapagos

Bora Bora and Moorea

If you’re looking for crystal clear lagoon water with active sea-life, a trip to Bora Bora or Moorea may be perfect for you. Book an overwater bungalow and walk straight into the water off your private deck. Especially great for honeymooners and those looking for a relaxing trip with minimal research involved.

Snorkeling in turquoise waters of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Snorkeling in turquoise waters of Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Hawaii

Don’t want to leave the US for your snorkeling adventure? Hawaii is a great option and you can snorkel with turtles right off the shore. Makena Beach is an easy spot that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but there are plenty of other sites to take advantage of.

An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle cruises in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii
An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle cruises in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii

Fiji

Fiji is known as the Soft Coral Capital of the World with over 400 species of coral to explore. The Blue Lagoon Beach Resort in the Yasawa Islands is highly recommended. You will feel like you’re swimming in an aquarium when you snorkel here.

Young woman snorkeling underwater over a coral reef in Fiji
Young woman snorkeling underwater over a coral reef in Fiji

Maldives

If you’re serious about snorkeling in the Maldives, it’s recommended that you stay at a snorkeling resort with access to great house reefs. You will experience an abundance of sea life with a large variety of fish. The Maldives has snorkeling options for everyone, from kids to those with more experience.

Snorkeler diving along the brain coral in Maldives
Snorkeler diving along the brain coral in Maldives

Thailand

Thailand is a world-class snorkeling destination with pristine beaches and lush reefs. Depending on your luck, you might come face to face with a whale shark or a manta ray. There are many resort options but you can also consider a liveaboard trip where you can snorkel all day while staying on a yacht. 

Snorkeling on the Similan Islands in Andaman Sea, Thailand
Snorkeling on the Similan Islands in Andaman Sea, Thailand

Have you been snorkeling with your kids? Where are your favorite spots to snorkel?

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