Recently I have fallen in love with paddle boarding. However, it’s not the only water-related activity that I love to do. As I grew up in Florida, there were many different options I had to pick from. One of my favorites though? Snorkeling. There is nothing more relaxing to do in the water then snorkel. It’s a fairly easy activity to do with your friends or family as well. Not only is it a fun bonding activity, it gives people a glimpse of the lives that live below the water. Looking at the fish, the different types of coral and various other sea creatures can be educational and interesting.
If you have traveled to any coastal country with warm waters, chances are that you have had the chance to snorkel. Most hotels in these areas will offer guided snorkel tours or the chance to rent the correct equipment – that is if you don’t already own your own gear. So what are some of these places then? I’ve listed 5 of my favorite snorkel destinations around the world below.
Silver Bank, Dominican Republic – Silver Bank offers an incredibly unique snorkeling experience. As one of the only breeding grounds for humpback whales, these waters can see up to seven thousand whales pass through them during migration. During these migration times, Silver Bank holds the largest population of humpback whales in the Atlantic. Since the area has been declared as a whale sanctuary, this region of water offers a rare and unique close up to these beautiful creatures.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia – Komodo National Park offers some of the most unique, and untouched coral reef in the world! With crystal blue waters, all levels of snorkelers can explore the beauty of this park. Snorkelers will get the chance to see such a variety of marine life as well. The park boasts over seventy species of sponge, schools of different fishes like groupers and fusiliers, manta rays, sharks and dugongs. These animals are only a small fraction of the wildlife that life there. Another bonus of the National Park is that it’s home to the Komodo Dragon. The Dragon only lives in two parts of the world and the National Park is one!
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – Due to the long distance between the islands and coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands offers a rare and specific type of animal and sea life. The Islands are home to different types of whales, coral, fish, sea snakes, dolphins and sea lions – who might just give you a bump while you snorkel! With so many islands, it’s hard to know which one to snorkel off of so here is a list of the different islands and what you could find when snorkeling there.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Everyone has heard about the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. As it’s one of the seven wonders of the world, it has become a sought after tourist destination. Larger than the Great Wall of China, the reef is the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space. Needless to say with such a vast space, the reef is home to over four hundred types of coral, giant clams that over a hundred years old, sea turtles, dolphins and many other sea and land creatures. With plenty of different places to stay as well, the Great Barrier Reef is not something to be missed.
Isla Holbox, Mexico – The Yucatan Peninsula has always been a draw for tourists from all over the world. With its warm climates and rich history, it’s a no brainer as to why people want to visit the region. Isla Holbox offers a different type of snorkeling for tourists as well. With no coral reef, the sea floor is dominated by seaweed and sand. So what is the appeal of this place? The chance to swim with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. As they are plant eaters, swimmers pose no risk to them. Besides a unique swim, Isla Holbox is a small local island where no cars are driven!
If you snorkel, what are some of your favorite places? Let me know and enjoy!