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Snorkeling off Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Snorkeling off Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands photo by ScubaBear68

Snorkeling has many advantages over scuba diving. If you can swim you can snorkel. Snorkeling is also inexpensive. All you really need for snorkeling gear are a mask, snorkel and fins. You could even carry all your snorkeling gear with you in your suit case or just buy your snorkeling gear on location. This snorkeling article focuses on snorkeling locations from around the world. For example, to see hundreds of Stingrays go to Stingray City in the Grand Caymans. How about snorkeling with Humpbacked Whales in Tahiti or visit Bunaken National Marine Park in Indonesia and see over 2,500 marine species. For this article on the Best Snorkeling Spots I looked at many articles on the web and found some Great Snorkeling Vacation Ideas for you.

Snorkeling Port Douglas Outer Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Clam, Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, Australia photo by Jose Manuel Segovia

Best Snorkeling Spots in the World

  1. Bonaire – Netherlands Antilles
  2. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  3. Burnaken National Marine Park – Indonesia
  4. Kapalua Bay – Maui, Hawaii
  5. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Fiji
  6. Trunk Bay – St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands
  7. Cozumel – Mexico
  8. Stingray City – Grand Caymans
  9. Tobago Cays – Grenadines
10. Dry Tortugas – Florida

10 Top Snorkeling Spots – ForbesTraveler.com
Best Snorkeling in Mexico – MexicoGuru.com
Best Maui Beaches for Snorkeling – Maui-Vacation.net
10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Hawaii – BestPlacesHawaii.com
Hotels near Great Snorkeling – ResortsOnline.com

The 7 Best Snorkeling Spots - Active.com

  • The 7 Best Snorkeling Spots

  • Whale Encounters – Rurutu, Tahiti
  • Hanauma Bay – Oahu, Hawaii
  • Heron Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Fiji
  • Anse Chastanet House Reef – St. Lucia, Caribbean
  • Stingray Encounters – Moorea, Tahiti
  • Ned’s Beach – Lord Howe Island, Australia

Active.com has a great article about some of the World’s Best Snorkeling. They suggest snorkeling with Humpback Whales or snorkeling with Stingrays in Tahiti, world class snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, snorkling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia then hop on a prop plane and fly 350 miles East to Lord Howe Island for snorkelling with 500 species of Marine life off this remote Australian island.

Stingray City Sandbar Grand Caymans
Stingray City Grand Caymans photo by petersbar

10 Top Snorkeling Spots - ForbesTraveler.com

10 Top Snorkeling Spots

ForbesTraveler.com has put together a fine list of their 10 Top Snorkelling Spots. Much of the information and the list of the Best Snorkeling Spots are in the slideshow so don’t miss that.

  1. Bimini Islands – Bahamas
  2. Culebra – Puerto Rico
  3. Salt Cay – Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
  4. St. John – U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. Makaha Beach Park – Oahu, Hawaii
  6. Bunaken National Marine Park – Indonesia
  7. Rurutu – French Polynesia
  8. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  9. Fiji
10. Florida Spring Holes

ForbesTraveler.com has you covered with 10 Great Snorkeling Vacations. They suggest great snorkeling in the Caribbean with a trip to Culebra, Puerto Pico, snorkeling in the Bahamas in the Bimini Islands, snorkeling the HMS Endymion which wrecked in 1790 in Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos, snorkeling the Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia with over 2,500 species of fish and several more snorkelling adventures. The article is on the first page but the fun information is in the ForbesTraveler.com slideshow. So don’t miss the 10 Top Snorkeling Spots slide show.

Red Snapper, Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Red Snapper, Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, Australia photo by Jose Manuel Segovia

Best Snorkeling in Mexico - MexicoGuru.com

  • Best Snorkeling in Mexico

  • Cozumel – Mexico
  • Huatulco – Oaxaca, Mexico
  • La Paz – Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Loreto – Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Los Cabos – Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Playa Del Carmen – Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Zihuatanejo – Guerrero, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta – Jalisco, Mexico
  • Cancun – Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Acapulco – Guerrero, Mexico
  • Mulege – Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Puerto Angel – Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Los Ayala – Nayarit, Mexico

MexicanGuru.com has a nice list of Snorkeling Spots in Mexico. Their top Mexican snorkelling spot is Cozumel with its large barrier reef. MexicanGuru.com also gives 12 runner up snorkeling locations throughout Mexico with detailed information about 6 snorkel spots. Look for the “More Info” button beside the listings.

Pop's Top Ten Best Snorkeling - Epinions.com

Pop’s Top Ten Best Snorkeling

Pops put together a fabulous list of top 10 best snorkeling and sea experiences in Florida and the Caribbean. Pops and his wife have traveled to these snorkeling locations and recommend them.

  1. Trunk Bay – St. John U.S. Virgin Islands
  2. Water Lemon Key – St. John U.S. Virgin Islands
  3. The Baths – British Virgin Islands
  4. Buck Island – St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. Vieques – Puerto Rico
  6. Nassau – Bahamas
  7. Dry Tortugas – Florida
  8. Stingray City – Cayman Islands
  9. Cozumel – Mexico
10. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – Florida

Pops does a great job with this Best Snorkeling article. He gives you lots of details and suggestions. Look at the bottom of his article for more detailed articles he has written about Dry Tortugas National Park, US Virgin Island National Park, Nassau, Bahamas, etc.

Eagle Ray Snorkeling in Hawaii
Eagle Ray in Hawaii photo by Jurvetson (flickr)

Best Maui Snorkeling Beaches - Maui-Vacation.net

Best Maui Beaches for Snorkeling

If you want to snorkel in Maui, Hawaii this is the snorkelling article for you from Maui-Vacations.net. They list 15 snorkeling spots in Maui with a location review, directions, and a photo.

  1. Honolu’a Bay – Maui, Hawaii
  2. Makulei’a Bay – Maui, Hawaii
  3. Kapalua Bay – Maui, Hawaii
  4. Kahekili Beach Park – Maui, Hawaii
  5. Black Rock – Maui, Hawaii
  6. Wahikuli Park – Maui, Hawaii
  7. Olowalu – Maui, Hawaii
  8. Coral Gardens – Maui, Hawaii
  9. Kamaole Beaches – Maui, Hawaii
10. Ulua / Mokapu – Maui, Hawaii
11. Polo Beach – Maui, Hawaii
12. Five Caves – Maui, Hawaii
13. Molokini Crater – Maui, Hawaii
14. Ahihi Keanau Reserve – Maui, Hawaii
15. La Perouse – Maui, Hawaii

Maui-Vacations.net has this excellent list of Maui Snorkeling Spots. These locals have given you a great inside scoop on were to snorkel in Maui. They also offer tours, etc. Take a look at their site.

The 10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Hawaii - BestPlacesHawaii.com

  • 10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Hawaii

  • Hanauma Bay – Oahu, Hawaii
  • Makaha Beach Park – Oahu, Hawaii
  • Molokini Crater – Maui, Hawaii
  • Kealakekua Bay – Big Island, Hawaii
  • Ke’e Beach Park – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Kapalua Bay – Maui, Hawaii
  • Anini Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Kapiolani Park Beach – Oahu, Hawaii
  • Poipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Kahaluu Beach Park – Big Island, Hawaii

If you want to see sea turtles, coral reefs, colorful fish, dolphins, octopuses, eels, manta rays and more, Hawaii is a great place to snorkel. BestPlacesHawaii.com gives its 10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Hawaii for a great Hawaii snorkeling adventure with a photo, a description and snorkeling providers for each location.

Turtle at Great Barrier Reef Australia
Turtle, Great Barrier Reef, Australia photo by ciamabue

Top 10 Places to Snorkel - Away.com

  • Top 10 Places to Snorkel

  • Bonaire – Netherlands Antilles
  • Providenciales – Turks and Calicos
  • Tobago Cay – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Dominica
  • Curacao – Netherlands Antilles
  • Anegada – British Virgin Islands
  • Virgin Gorda – British Virgin Islands
  • Grand Cayman – Cayman Islands
  • Cozumel – Mexico
  • Utila – Honduras

Away.com’s list of Top 10 Places to Snorkel runs around the Caribbean with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antillies, Honduras, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, etc. They discuss snorkeling adventures that are teeming with tropical fish, beautiful coral gardens, and even scores of Stingrays at Stingray City. This is a Great Snorkeling Adventure List and they have a link below each section that gives more details on the specific location.

Snorkeling British Virgin Islands - Virgin Gorda
Snorkeling Virgin Gorda in British Virgin Islands photo by ScubaBear68

Frommers Snorkeling Guides to Virgin Isands, Caribbean and Bahamas - Frommers.com

Snorkeling -Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Bahamas

Frommers.com has 3 helpful guides to the Best Caribbean Snorkeling, Best Virgin Islands Snorkeling and Best Bahamas Snorkeling. I list the Top 4 Snorkeling spots for each guide. See the Frommers.com articles for more information.

  1. Coki Point Beach – St. Thomas
  2. Leinster Bay – St. John
  3. Trunk Bay – St. John
  4. Cane Bay – St. Croix
  5. Antigua
  6. Bonaire Marine Park – Bonaire
  7. Stingray City – Grand Cayman
  8. Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago
  9. Goulding Reef Cays – Bahamas
10. Silver Point Reef – Grand Bahama Island
11. Elbow Cay – Bahamas
12. Stocking Island – Bahamas

The Frommers.com articles give many more great snorkeling spots around the Caribbean, Virgin Islands and Bahamas.

Best Snorkeling Spots in the World

10 Best Snorkeling Spots in the World

Travel Lady Magazine put together a fun snorkeling vacation list of the Top 10 Snorkeling Spots.

  1. Norman Reef – Australia
  2. Red Sea – Safaga, Egypt
  3. Seychelles Islands – Indian Ocean
  4. Bonaire – Dutch Antilles
  5. San Blas Islands – Panama
  6. Ningaloo Reef – West Australia
  7. Huahine – French Polynesia
  8. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Fiji Islands
  9. Kealakekua Bay – Hawaii
10. La Jolla Cove – San Diego

TravelLady.com gives you quite a range of options for your Snorkeling Vacation from snorkeling the La Jolla Cove in the San Diego/La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve to visiting the 5 star Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in the Fiji Islands and going to the Lighthouse Reef.

Resort Hotels near Great Snorkeling

Hotels near Great Snorkeling

Resorts Online has a good list of resort hotels that are near great snorkeling spots. Just click on the map region you are interested in and they will list great resort hotels by locations. They have links to brief descriptions of the resort and a link to the websites of the resort hotels. It is a well done site and you just might find your great Snorkeling Vacation Spot there.


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