20 Best Places to Snorkel in the World to Experience Marine Life

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Snorkeling is a great water sport, all you need is a mask and snorkel and you are ready for a new adventure. Our planets comprise 30% land and 70% water bodies in which millions of species exist. It doesn’t matter whether you are a novice or an experienced snorkeler, you should try snorkeling and witness the underwater marine life.

Before going further, let’s know about the Snorkeling. Snorkeling is basically swimming along the water surface. You don’t need any special training for this. The equipment needed is also minimal. In layman’s term, we can say snorkeling is light swimming.

Often people get confused between scuba diving and snorkeling. Scuba diving is basically going underwater. You need to have a special set of equipment known as scuba gear for the activity. You must be healthy and must have some prior training for the activity. Snorkeling is an activity you will like most if you are on a vacation.

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There are a lot of beautiful places where you can experience snorkeling. In this blog, we will discuss some different places where you can do the best snorkeling and can experience the beauty of this marine life.

Also see: Best Places to Snorkel in India

Best places for Snorkeling in the World

Here is the list of best places to snorkel in the world. You can get the best snorkeling experiences in these places.

1. Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef
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It is made up of more than 2900 coral reefs and coral cays which stretch up to 1400 miles of the Queensland coastline. This water body is the home for more than a thousand species of fishes and six species of the sea turtle. It is considered as the largest reef system on the earth.

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Unfortunately, Due to global warming, the water is getting warm leading to coral bleaching. The scientists have predicted that this barrier reef will get extinct before or around 2050. So, visit this place before it is too late.  

Location – Australia

2. Devil’s Crown

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Situated near the Floreana Island; Devil’s crown is a part of an extinct and sunken volcano. Different species of fishes, eagle and shy reef sharks can be found here. This place provides good snorkeling opportunities. But it’s advised to follow an experienced guide because of the high currents in the water.

The rare sunken volcanic cone attracts divers and snorkelers from all over the world. You get to see sea turtles and eagle rays roaming here. In case you want to see some hammerhead sharks than just step out from this crown, hammerhead sharks will be waiting for you.

On a serious note, if you are not an experienced diver or snorkeler then either go in a group or take an experienced snorkeler with a sound knowledge of this water body. Take all the preventive measures.

NOTE: Here, currents are very strong so make sure you are going with an experienced snorkeler.

Location – Galapagos

3. Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park
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Komodo National Park is a chain of the volcanic island which is extending eastwards from the Java. This Park is located in central Indonesia. As the name suggests, this park was built to preserve Komodo dragons. It’s still one of the places where you can see these unique lizards and giant lizards named Komodo dragon.

This island is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is enjoying the protected status since 1986 and hence the coral reefs are thriving with an exotic marine life which includes manta rays, sharks and over 1000 species of fishes.

The surroundings of the park also serve as a perfect setting for snorkeling. The water is loaded with reefs, manta rays, sharks and other species of tropical fishes that enhance the beauty of snorkel here.

Location – Indonesia

4. Bay of Donsol

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This place is in the Philippines. Bay of Donsol is one of the unique places for snorkeling among the 7000 other options. This is because you can snorkel along with whale shark. You can see up to 20 whale sharks on a single tour. It’s an amazing snorkeling experience. You can go along with 5 more people for snorkeling along with one shark.  

This place has very diverse biodiversity and finding a suitable place for snorkeling here is quite difficult if you don’t want to swim with whales and sharks. These creatures can be seen in the Month of November and June. So, you can avoid this time if you want to avoid them. Otherwise, this is the best time to visit this place for snorkeling. Bay of Donsol has very fine and clear water which makes it a good place for coral reefs.

Location – The Philippines

5. Bazaruto Archipelago

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Well! this place is very hard to reach but worth the effort. It is situated 22 miles from the east coast of Africa and hosts a Plethora of diving and snorkeling experiences. This area was declared as National Park in 1971.
If you are a serious traveler then this place is for you, the journey is full of adventure and the destination is mesmerizing. 

Location – Mozambique

6. Maui

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This place can be one of the best visits of your traveling life. All thanks to its Lush beauty which is full of biodiversity and rich ecosystem. You can visit some popular coral reefs where you can see sea turtles, Technicolor fish, and coral formations. Few miles away there is Ahihi Kinau Natural reserve where you can learn some basics of snorkeling. The half-sunken crescent-shaped caldera which is known as the Molokini Crater is a place to meet Eagle rays, Rainbowfish, Monk seals and sea turtles.

Location – Hawaii, United States of America

7. Bora Bora

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The water of this place is ACTUALLY crystal clear. Here you can meet up stingrays which are also known as “water – puppies” and have a soft corner for humans. Apart from the stingray, this place is a home for reef fish, blacktip reef and lemon sharks.  It is a fact that these stingrays do not attack but still, you have to be careful with them Make sure not to swim directly over them or step on their tails.

Location – French Polynesia

8. Silver Bank

Silver Bank
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The best time to visit this place is any month between December and April as at this period the water is warm. This warm and shallow water is suitable for mating of the Humpback whales. At this particular point of time these whales mate, calve and raise their young ones.  This marine mammal sanctuary is one of the three places on the globe which allows the visitors to swim along with these gigantic Humpback whales. So, if you ever had a dream to swim with these big mammals then it can be fulfilled here. 

Location – Dominican Republic

9. Isla del Cocos

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This place is also known as Treasure Island as in ancient times this place was the hideout for the pirates. Isla del Cocos national park is designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is situated on an ancient volcanic mountain and hosts amazing marine life and thrives beautiful coral reefs. It is considered as one of the best places for snorkeling and to swim with fish like bottlenose dolphins, whale shark, moray eels and manta rays.

Location – Costa Rica

10. St. Kitts

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This island is known for its beautiful beaches and tropical forests. You can find many ship wreckages underwater which makes it an interesting place for snorkeling and diving. These ship wreckages are the home for some beautiful fish species and coral reefs. Recently the wreckage of a ship which is 18th century old and belongs to Great Britain was also found there. 

Location – The Caribbean

11. Grenada

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This place lies in the Caribbean. In Grenada, there is the world’s first-ever marine sculpture garden known as Molinere Sculpture Park. The place is famous for its spices, mountains and other scenic landscapes like cliffs, etc. Its also known as the Spice of the Caribbean.

The unique thing about this place is the underwater sculptures that are made of coral graced cement. These corals graced cement structures which also includes the famous ring of children holding hands will give you a whole new rare experience. In short, you can enjoy one of the best snorkeling in the world here.

Location – The Caribbean

12. Baa Atoll

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This beautiful atoll is situated in the Maldives, southwest of India. It is one of the most picturesque places in the world located in the Indian Ocean and famous for its coral reefs. These coral islands are surrounded by aquamarine waters and are home for various different species of fish and turtles.

It is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is one of the island’s 26 atolls. From June to November, Lot many manta rays gather around in this Atoll in order to hunt the trapped Zooplanktons. This beautiful oceanic ecosystem is as beautiful as the land and makes this place perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Apart from snorkeling, you can witness barrel rolling of mantas and sharks. The place offers many caves, Coral reefs and other wonders of the place. A perfect place for a Maldivian vacation and snorkel.

Location: Maldives

13. Mauritius

Mauritius: Best Places To Snorkel
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Mauritius is a great vacation place. It is a great place along the waters of the Indian Ocean. The place is full of natural beauty. The place is perfect for vacation and honeymoon. For snorkeling, Mauritius has clear water of the Indian Ocean for you which makes it one of the best places for snorkeling. It also has some great fishes like angelfish, damselfish, etc. in its water. It’s a great place for beginners. 

Location: Mauritius

14. Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda: Best Places To Snorkel
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Due to a large number of beaches, there are at least 5 great snorkeling spots in Virgin Gorda. The locations are The Baths, Valley Trunk Bay, Spring Bay, Devils Bay, Pond BA, Mosquito Rock, and South Bay. There are three companies that provide ultimate snorkeling experience. The three companies are set in different places and offer different experiences. If you want to go snorkeling during boating adventure, you can also fulfill this dream as there are services available for this also.

Location: British Virgin Islands (BVI)

15. Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Best Places To Snorkel
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This is one of the best places to snorkel in the world. It has numerous spots to practice the activity. It has perfect weather conditions that support snorkeling all around the year. It also has a characteristic coastline. You can find coral reefs, small coves. The best spot to perform snorkeling is the 7-mile beach. It’s been honored as “The Caribbean’s best beach.” As a bonus, all the activities related to snorkeling are free due to the open-access of the public on the beach. 

Location: British Overseas Territory

16. Anguilla

Anguilla: Best Places To Snorkel
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Anguilla is a paradise for snorkelers. It has water visibility of up to 100 feet. Just like the Cayman Islands, it also has many spots to choose from. The water is full of reefs and unique types of fishes. The snorkeling spots that are people’s favorite are Sandy Hill, Anguilla’s Shoal Bay, Prickly Bear, Little Bay, and Barnes Bay. Just be advised as these places are filled with stingrays and sharks. 

Location: British overseas territory

17. Moorea

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This is a place in French Polynesia. It’s located near its amazing neighbors: the Tahiti Island and Bora Bora. Moorea is a place well known among snorkeling fans. Just like other places, you get to spot amazing corals and tropical fishes. Along with all this, there are bungalow styled accommodations. The rooms in the bungalows are divided between overwater bungalows, beachfront bungalows, and garden bungalows. 

Location: French Polynesia

18. Seychelles

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It consists of 115 tiny islands. It’s also considered one of the best places for snorkeling. The place is located in the Indian Ocean. Each of the tiny islets has its own specializations. But they have one thing in common: Beaches and clear waters. Over half of Seychelles is classified as natural reserves. You can head over to Praslin, La Digue, and Mahé. Or if you want to have more adventure you can go to Poivre, Denis or Atoll of Aldabra. 

Location: Indian Ocean, off East Africa

19. Phi Phi Islands

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This place is located in Thailand. Here you get to snorkel in the incredibly clear, green water surrounded both sides by 330-foot tall limestone cliffs. Phi Phi Island is also called as Thailand’s superstar. It has also been in movies. This is a good place for snorkeling. Prominent snorkeling places are Hin Klang, Maya Bay, Loh Sama, and Pi Leh Bay. 

Location: Thailand

20. Havelock Island

Havelock island is one of the most enchanting islands in India which has powers to hypnotize you with its beauty. This place is best place in India to do snorkeling. If you are planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar, you shouldn’t miss visiting Havelock Island. Along with snorkel, you can also enjoy Scuba diving here.

The most famous Snorkeling site in Havelock Island is Elephanta Bech due to peaceful water and soft sand. You will love to do snorkeling here.

Location: Andaman and Nicobar, India

Read More, List of best places in the world to do scuba diving

So, these were different and best places to snorkel in the world places where you can experience the joy of snorkeling. Snorkeling is indeed a great adventure sport in water but it also requires some safety skills as well. If you are new to this sport then make sure to take some experienced person.

Our writer Ukarsh Rastogi also contributed to this article and made this article more informative.

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