1. Snorkelling in the Red Sea
Protected from ocean currents, snorkelling in the Red Sea is like
swimming in an aquarium, with colourful corals within wading
distance and shallow bays protected from ocean currents. In the
southern Red Sea, The Oberoi
Sahl Hasheesh's house reef is one of the best we've come across
- in fact, the marine life ventures so shallow you don't even need
to don a mask as you watch small fish dart around your feet - but
if you do, we recommend looking for sea horses under the jetty.
2. Snorkelling in Gozo
The beauty of snorkelling in Gozo is
that you can literally do it anywhere. Some of the best sites in
the Mediterranean can be found a few fin kicks from the shores of
this tiny island; for a glimpse of some of the best spots, check
out our blog on the best dive sites around Gozo.
3. Snorkelling in the Maldives
One of the most coveted snorkelling experiences in the world,
mingle with manta rays and whale sharks in the Baa Atoll of the
Maldives. Between June and
November, hundreds of these mega marine animals arrive into
Hanifaru Bay to feed on the plankton-rich waters, creating one of
the largest manta feeding stations in the world. Aside from
Hanifaru Bay, the private islands that scatter the Maldives have
excellent house reefs meaning you can snorkel at your own
4. Snorkelling in French Polynesia
It might be a long journey to French
Polynesia, but it's worth any jet lag as (spoiler alert) it has
some of the best snorkelling spots in the world. Boasting
glistening turquoise lagoons and shallow reefs, travellers can
snorkel from practically anywhere across the archipelago, however,
the real stand-out experience occurs from Moorea, one of the few
places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales.
5. Snorkelling in Indonesia
Pristine reefs, colourful corals, wrecks, underwater sculptures,
sharks, macro critters, turtles, blue whales… these are jut a few
of the things you can see snorkelling in Indonesia. Explore the USAT Liberty wreck
(one of the best in the world) in Bali, get in the water alongside
blue whales in the Banda Sea and marvel at some of the best reefs
in the world while snorkelling in secret spots across Komodo and
7. Snorkelling in Grenada
Home to the world's first underwater sculpture park, snorkellers
can explore 68 different sculptures in the shallow waters (the
deepest sculpture is located at ten metres) off Moliniere Point.
Snorkellers can also spot lots of lovely macro critters in the
shallow reefs surrounding Flamingo Bay, while beautiful coral
formations flourish just off Morne Rouge Beach; more than enough to
keep you in the water.
8. Snorkelling in Australia
While snorkelling in Australia might
conjure visions of the Great Barrier Reef, venture to the west for
some of the most unforgettable marine encounters in Ningaloo Reef.
Visit between March and July to snorkel with whale sharks while
between August and October you can snorkel with humpback whales.
Manta rays, turtles and leopard sharks can be seen year-round,
8. Snorkelling in the Dominican Republic
Hop aboard the
Turks & Caicos Aggressor II to trail migrating humpback
whales all the way to Silver Bank. Located 100 miles south-east of
Turks and Caicos in the crystal-clear blues of the open ocean,
snorkellers can swim alongside humpback whales while listening to
their beautiful melodies, and with only a few permits offered each
year, you'll likely have them all to yourself.
9. Snorkelling in Mexico
Mexico is one big
adventure playground for snorkellers. Snorkel in several of some
7,000 cenotes that scatter the Yucatan peninsula (discover the best
here), seek out whale sharks off the sandy shores of Isla Holbox or
decamp to the coast of Baja California, springboard for the Sea of
Cortez (dubbed the world's aquarium by Jacques Cousteau), which has
ample opportunity to snorkel with rays, sea lions, marlin, huge
bait balls, dolphins and even orcas.
10. Snorkelling in Norway
The most adventurous snorkelling trip in the world must be
watching orcas hunt under the northern lights of northern Norway. Hop aboard the rugged M/S Sula and embark on
an epic voyage to one of the largest known gatherings of orcas in
the world, which gather between October and February to hunt
migrating herring alongside humpback whales.