Throughout the tropical waters of the world, a universe that is under-appreciated and unseen by most awaits those willing to strap on a mask, some fins, and a snorkel.
Complete with flamboyant coral formations, fish that seemingly cover all the colours of the rainbow, and other marine wildlife that will have you blowing bubbles in excitement, there is no other activity like snorkeling to introduce a person to the world beneath the waves.
In this article, we profile five spots that comprise the best snorkeling spots on Earth. Leave behind the snow and cold for a few minutes and join us on our explorative journey, yes?
Puerto Galera, Philippines
Situated within the much celebrated Coral Triangle, a place considered to be one of the most biodiverse places in the world, Puerto Galera in the Philippines mixes outstanding views under the water with some of the best hospitality in Southeast Asia above it. The life in the water is so robust, that the lazy snorkeler needn’t even sign up for a trip … swimming out into the waters off the beach will usually be enough to plunge one into a world filled with life forms that include star fish, sea anemones, and schools of various types of tropical reef fish.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Being the best developed resort closest to the well-kitted Belizean Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye offers a luxurious home base from which to base yourself on a legendary snorkeling vacation. Formations such as hard coral, tunicates and sea fans feature prominently here, while fish such as sting rays, manta rays, and even hammerhead sharks can be seen by the adventurous snorkeler.
Rosario Islands, Colombia
Further south off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the Rosario Islands are a secret that is quickly being revealed by intrepid travelers, as its baby blue waters are filling up with people who seek to see the depths of this tropical paradise. While there are many amazing species of marine life here, its full glory is being threatened by bleaching, highlighting the threat of global warming on this popular sport.
With many people associating Africa with safaris on dry land, they tend to forget that there’s an equally vibrant world of wildlife underneath its ocean waters as well! Being afforded marine park protection for some time now, the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary is in extraordinarily pristine condition, with barrcudas, dolphins, and sea turtles moving about their environment with little, if any concern for the humans among them.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Of course, no article on underwater exploration would be complete without mentioning the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Best accessible from Cairns, Townsville, and Hamilton Island, this mammoth underwater colossus harbours more coral features and wildlife then you’ll likely see in a lifetime from that point onwards. Tour operators in Oz are quite sophiscated with regards for making their clients experiences as smooth as possible, as they offer buoys and “float coats” to keep you hovering above the delicate formations (and the painful black sea urchins) so that they stay alive for future generations.
Life Is The Bubbles, Under The Sea!
As a certain cartoon crab once put, life under the waters of our world’s oceans is quite lively and colourful. By taking up snorkeling, one can discover this place with an ease they never thought possible!