Crystal blue waters, fascinating sea life at your fingertips and no need for a gas tank strapped to your back. Snorkelling is one of the simplest yet rewarding ways to enjoy our incredible blue planet’s undersea creatures and plant life.
Here are five spots where you can be sure of seeing some breathtaking beauty beneath the surface.
1. The Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Australia
Visible from outer space and technically the largest living thing on earth, this World Heritage Site is an absolute must-stop during any trip to Australia’s north east coast. It’s positively teeming with life - playing host to turtles, dolphins and over 1,500 species of fish. You won’t fail to spot something special glide just below your eyes.
There are plenty of reputable businesses ready to kit you out with snorkelling gear and point you in the right direction. Guided tours are available too. Or for something extra special, take the sailing option with Ocean Free. You will get to stop at Green Island, a small slice of white-sanded paradise.
2. The Seychelles | Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean is home to what many would argue is the most stunning archipelago on the planet. Pristine sands, lush green trees and sapphire blue water - the coruscating beauty almost looks too good to be true.
Fortunately that’s not the case - and with 115 islands and an embarrassment of aquatic riches, your biggest problem is where to begin. Nominal capital Mahé is as good a place as any, with three boat-accessible national parks and plenty of accredited trip companies offering professional guidance.
3. The Red Sea | Sharm El Sheik, Egypt
World famous on an almost biblical level, The Red Sea is a tourist paradise: an unspoilt natural stretch of calm, blue waters and busy coral reefs. The resort is host to healthy competition between tour companies so finding a tour guide is never a problem. Alternatively equipment hire is cheap if you want to go it alone.
4. The Big Island | Hawaii, Central Pacific, USA
Jaw-dropping scenery and beaches seemingly straight from the easel of an oil painter, Hawaii is postcard perfect. The aquatic delights of the stunning clear ocean just beg to be explored. And Big Island’s diverse bays and dramatic coastline make for a grand backdrop to enjoy the shallow blue waters.
Two fabulous spots to enjoy the multitude of marine life are Hapuna Beach and Kahalu'u Beach Park. It seems as if the entire colour spectrum is represented by the area’s remarkable tropical fish. Expect to see a kaleidoscope of piscine kind while you’re peering downwards.
5. Fiji | South Pacific
Set your watch to ‘Fiji time’ and soak up the laidback atmosphere of Polynesia. Known as the Soft Coral Capital of the World, its marine biodiversity is exceptional. Simply lazing in the warm waters and letting the islands’ many diverse sea creatures pass beneath you is a perfect way to unwind on holiday. So abundant is the wet wildlife that entire snorkelling vacations are available as package deals. With over 300 islands and the Great Astrolabe Reef to explore, you won’t be found wanting for snorkelling sites.
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