Snorkelling can be an excellent way to catch an underwater view of the natural marine life whilst on your travels. You never know what you may see! Not to mention, every different spot has something unique to offer. That’s why we put together this list of the world’s best snorkelling spots. This way, you can an underwater look at the natural habitat. Let’s dive into our top 3 together:
#1 – Banana Reef, North Male Atoll – Maldives, South Asia
The Maldives in South Asia is one of the best snorkelling spots in the world. It features vibrant and soft coral reefs, along with very unique fish life. The vast array of fish includes clownfish, whale sharks, sea turtles, and large schools of fish. There’s a large amount of coral as well with many different types.
One of the coolest aspects would have to be the anemones with the little fish that hide inside them. The Maldives have crystal clear waters, and a wide variety of spots to visit and snorkel. In the Banana Reef at North Male Atoll specifically you can expect to see Napoleon Wrasse and a large amount of sea turtles. Moreover, you’ll find colourful coral configurations along with grouper and small sharks.
#2 – Princess Cays – Bahamas, Caribbean
The Bahamas in the Caribbean is another awesome location for snorkelling in the tropics. After going on a cruise around the Caribbean, the Bahamas quickly became one of my top spots to snorkel. At the Princess Cays, Bahamas, you’ll find beautiful living coral reef since the cruise liners anchor their boats way out to avoid damage.
In terms of what you might see can range from angelfish, grouper, parrotfish and snapper. Other than fish you can also expect eels and manta rays or even turtles in some cases. You can also expect to see some coral, anemones, and sponges. Snorkelling allows you to see this great marine life with minimal experience and equipment.
#3 – Low Isles – The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the most famous places in the world period has got to be the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It features the record for the world’s largest coral reef. Even from a great distance above the water you can see the beauty in all of its glory.
Not to mention, you’ll want to make sure to see it soon as climate change has caused coral bleaching. Scientists have been working towards improving and keeping the reef safe and well supported. There’s even a charity called the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, designed to keep the reef healthy and beautiful forever.
Snorkelling Tips For Your “Under-The-Sea” Adventure
When going snorkelling in these unique spots around the world, there will be some sea life you don’t recognise. Be sure to ask locals or your tour guide before going under water. You definitely want to avoid putting yourself or the marine life at risk or in harm.
In addition, make sure to be respectful in these underwater works of art. They’re quite fragile and need to be left alone with only your viewing pleasure. This also goes for the fish, you’ll also want to leave them be and treat the marine experience with care.
A traditional mask can also sometimes get uncomfortable underwater. For a better underwater experience, you can also use a full face snorkel mask. These allow you to have a better and wider field of view underwater. I love using them whenever I go snorkelling.
Best wishes on your next outdoor adventure!
About the Author: Brennan Valeski is a camping, outdoor enthusiast who loves gear and technology that allows him to be ready for any situation that arises. He shares his personal experiences and recommendations to help you be prepared for your next adventure.