1. Wakatobi Dive Resort: Sulawesi,
This is one of the most relaxing snorkelling experiences out
there - guests of Wakatobi
Dive Resort get dropped off on the house reef and then allow
the current to gently carry them back to shore while marvelling at
huge clouds of tropical fish dancing over coral reefs.
2. Walindi Plantation Resort: New Britain, Papua New
Nestled on the shores of Kimbe Bay in northern New Britain,
Walindi Plantation Resort is on the doorstep of some of Papua
New Guinea's most diverse marine environments, and snorkellers can
explore everything from beautiful coral gardens to seamounts and
3. Azura Quilalea Private Island: Quirimbas
Quilalea Private Island's house reef is located a leisurely
wade off the main beach, meaning divers can explore the underwater
world whenever the urge strikes. The reef itself features beautiful
hard and soft coral formations harbouring every colour of reef
fish, including parrot fish and sweetlips. Visit between June and
July and you'll also likely see baby turtles making their great
escape into the open ocean.
4. Six Senses Laamu: Laamu Atoll,
Laamu is all about snorkelling with a conscience, be it heading
out with a marine biologist to spot the local critters or helping
plant coral at the coral nursery. The resort also champions local
communities, taking school children out to snorkel on the local
reefs, many of whom have never been before.
5. Alphonse Island: The Outer Islands,
From snorkelling with sailfish, aka the fastest fish in the
world, to mingling with manta rays, Alphonse
Island plays host to some of the coolest snorkelling
experiences in the world. Not to forget the lobsters, hawksbill
turtles and groupers hiding on the house reef, and a wealth of
excellent shallow sites nearby.
6. The Brando: Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
The Brando is the only resort in the Tetiaroa Atoll and is
surrounded by beautiful coral gardens in a calm, bath-warm lagoon,
providing perfect conditions for donning your mask to spot turtles,
reef sharks, rays and festivals of tropical fish, and more than
likely in glorious solitude.
7. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort: Vanua Levu,
When a resort is backed by the Cousteau name, you know the
marine environment is going to be spectacular. Guests of the
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort can take daily trips out to the
nearby Namena Marine Reserve which, aside from housing some of the
most colourful reefs in Fiji, also features dramatic drop-offs and
spectacular marine life in HD visibility.
8. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh: Southern Red Sea,
Skirting the Red Sea and all its marine wonders, the Oberoi Sahl
Hasheesh's house reef has an incredible array of fish life a
few fin kicks from the beach. Look out for eagle rays, turtles,
octopus and moray eels, as well as divers learning to breathe
bubbles in the beautifully calm shallows.
9. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef: Exmouth,
Located on the shores of Ningaloo Reef in Cape Range National
Park, beachfront safari camp
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is the perfect base for mingling with
some of the ocean's larger inhabitants. Visit between March and
September to snorkel with whale sharks, while between July and
October you can swim with humpback whales.
10. Atmosphere Resort & Spa: Dauin,
Resort & Spa has the whole package for snorkellers, with a
superb house reef harbouring some of the ocean's rarest macro
critters (think: velvet ghost pipefish, blue-ringed octopus,
orangutan crabs) as well as day trips to nearby Apo Island, which
boasts beautiful coral reefs, banded sea snakes, huge schools of
big eyed trevallies, bumphead parrotfish, turtles… the list goes