19 Jul 5 Top Snorkeling Destinations to Visit This Summer
5 Top Snorkeling Destinations to Visit This Summer
Snorkeling is always a fun and unique vacation activity. And there is no better season to go snorkeling than in the summer months. Many tropical destinations offer stunning locations for snorkeling and diving where you can swim among coral reefs and all kinds of tropical fish. When you’re trying to decide where to go snorkeling, the options can be overwhelming. Here are the top snorkeling destinations you should check out on your summer vacation!
1. Isla Holbox – Mexico
Escape to the Mexican Caribbean for an incredible snorkeling experience in Isla Holbox. Known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life, it has become a popular destination for snorkeling enthusiasts. When you dive beneath the waters you’ll find coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and a variety of fish species including parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, and many more. You might also come across sea turtles, stingrays, and dolphins during your snorkeling adventures.
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2. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can dive down and see the incredible biodiversity that thrives within its waters. The reef is home to thousands of species, including over 1,500 species of fish, 600 types of coral, turtles, dolphins, rays, and even whales during migration season. When snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, you can expect to spot numerous tropical fish, such as clownfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, and many others. Keep an eye out for larger underwater species like Maori wrasse, reef sharks, and graceful manta rays gliding through the water.
3. Silfra Fissure – Iceland
The Silfra Fissure is a crack between the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia, and is an exceptional place to go snorkeling. The water in Silfra is fed by glacial meltwater from Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull. When snorkeling in Silfra Fissure, you’ll see gorgeous rock formations, including deep crevices and towering walls covered in vibrant green algae. The water is so clear that snorkelers have described it as swimming through liquid glass.
4. Big Island – Hawaii
The Big Island offers numerous snorkeling spots along its coastline for visitors to enjoy. One of the most popular snorkeling spots on the island is Kealakekua Bay, located on the west side of the island. This marine sanctuary is known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. Snorkelers will find many tropical fish including tangs, butterflyfish, and triggerfish. If you’re lucky you wil also see dolphins and sea turtles. While on the Big Island, you’ll also want to go snorkeling in Honaunau Bay. The calm waters are ideal for all levels of snorkelers, and you can see vibrant coral reefs, fish, and possibly even reef sharks.
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5. Exuma – Bahamas
The Exuma Islands are located in the Bahamas and are known for their stunning beaches, beautiful waters, and rich marine ecosystems. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is an incredible snorkeling destination with its gorgeous coral reefs, seagrass beds, and wide range of spectacular marine species. Snorkelers will be able to swim up close to tropical fish, including angelfish, parrotfish, sergeant majors, and butterflyfish. You may also encounter sea turtles, stingrays, and nurse sharks.
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