1. Jellyfish Lake: Koror, Palau
Located on an uninhabited island off Koror in Palau, Ongeim'l Tketau
Jellyfish Lake has one of the most unique snorkelling experiences
in the world. Once connected to the ocean, the saltwater lake is
home to thousands of jellyfish, able to flourish due to a lack of
predators. Their stings are undetectable by humans so snorkellers
can swim in a jellyfish soup.
2. Sailfish Snorkelling: Alphonse,
Snorkellers can try and keep up with the fastest fish in the
ocean, the sailfish, off Alphonse
Island in the Seychelles. Heading out into the
open ocean, teasers are deployed off the side of the boat to lure
sailfish from the deep blue; there's nothing quite like seeing
their silvery silhouettes slip past - although at 70 miles per
hour, you might struggle to keep up.
3. Silfra Fissure: Iceland
One of the most iconic sites in the world, navigate your way
through the glacial waters of Iceland's Silfra fissure, the only place you
can snorkel between tectonic plates and boasting the longest
visibility in the world at 100+ metres. Temperatures stay a
consistent two to four degrees centigrade so prepare to don your
dry suit, while the water is so clear and fresh you can drink it
(we did, it' delicious).
4. Hanifaru Bay: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Join the world's largest manta ray conga line in Hanifaru Bay in
the Maldives. Between June and
November, hundreds of manta rays gather alongside whale sharks to
feed in the plankton-rich waters of Hanifaru Bay; there is nothing
quite like being surrounded by a flash mob of dancing manta
5. Rainbows End: Somosomo Strait, Fiji
Featuring a gentle sloping reef carpeted in hard and soft
corals, Rainbow Reef is an explosion of colour not to be missed.
The visibility is so clear you can see the reef from the boat, but
jump in and a whole new world will reveal itself, with huge clouds
of blue-girdled angelfish, red-tooth triggerfish, parrotfish,
Napoleon wrasses, blue ribbon eels and so much more.
Only accessible by boat, Tagus Cove is located to the north of
Isabela Island, a staggering 124 miles from the nearest inhabited
areas. But it's worth the voyage as snorkellers will be met by
Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flightless cormorants, marine
iguanas, green turtles and sting rays galore.
Not a specific site per se but the deep blue of the open ocean.
Head to Mo'orea between July and November to snorkel with humpback
whales, which gather in the warm waters to breed and rear their
8. Sea of Cortez: Baja California, Mexico
In May snorkellers can witness the largest ray migration on
Earth just off the shores of Baja
California. Snorkel above massive schools (we're talking
thousands) of mobula rays as they effortlessly glide in union
below; their acrobatic displays are so beautiful they were featured
on the BBC's award-winning Blue Planet II series.
9. Shark Feeding: Nassau, Bahamas
Not technically snorkelling or scuba diving, discover the world
of snuba at Stuart's Cove. Breathing through a regulator, snuba
allows snorkellers to breathe up to five metres underwater, and
with ample shallow reefs and wrecks around Nassau, there's plenty
to explore. Don't miss the Vulcan Bomber wreck, which you might
recognise from James Bond's Thunderball.
10. Largahan: Apo Island, The Philippines
Located off Dumaguete, the
small volcanic Apo Island is surrounded by eight reefs with a huge
array of fantastic snorkelling sites and a mammoth amount of marine
life. Largahan is a nice easy snorkelling site, great for spotting
macro critters with over 300 different types of nudibranch