Addicted to Snorkeling
Collected by Murissa Shalapata, AFAR Local Expert
After you’ve canoed, sailed, scuba dived, and visited the resort’s sanctuary for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, you’ll be ready to recline on your patio for a view of the extinct 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu volcano. —Brendan Brady Le...
Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
by Christopher R. Cox Despite its size (10 square miles) and population (fewer than 170 permanent residents), Little Cayman enjoys a worldwide reputation among serious divers. The island is renowned for its exceptional underwater visibility and...
Conch is the most quintessential of island eats in Turks & Caicos. The shells are sold as souvenirs and artwork, and the meat, which is sweet and tender, is served in delicious gourmet dishes. If you go to any of the Turks & Caicos islands, don't...
1 Swart St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
If you're staying in Cape Town and want to see the great white shark in its natural environment, a short and beautiful drive to Gansbaai is a must do. Renting a vehicle from the Cape Town airport is easy, and for an economy size vehicle, it can be...
Dixon Cove, Honduras
Snorkeling with a few small reef sharks is one thing, but...actually diving 60 feet underwater to swim with dozens of large Caribbean Reef sharks and watching them attack a feed bucket 15 feet in front of you is absolutely wild! These sharks don't...
Motu Mahitu, French Polynesia
Full-body immersion in some of the most pristine water in the world. Rangiroa doesn't have the dramatic peaks of islands like Bora Bora, but it does have a much better underwater scene in my opinion. After traveling by boat for two hours from our...
Nibbs St, Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Stars are not only in the heavens - also in the BVI's Janie and I went on a fantastic 7day SwimVacation in the British Virgin Islands last month. We lived/sailed/swam on/off a tri-maran ! We sailed through incredible waters to exciting locations...
Ponza is an island destination mostly frequented by Italians (especially Romans and Neapolitans, as it's just a hop, skip, and a jump away by boat) that is largely undiscovered by foreign tourists. A must-do in Ponza: rent a motorboat on your own,...
Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Despite the crowds of tourists upon Waikiki Beach trying to get an enviable tan their co-workers will resent, there is some great snorkelling opportunities that you don't necessarily have to pay for. When the ocean is devoid of any waves I urge...
Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
This picture was taken near the island of Koh Phi Phi in Southern Thailand. You can take a snorkeling tour (full day or half day) and stop at many different islands including Maya Bay where the movie The Beach was filmed. Along the way you'll...
Pianosa, 57034 Campo nell'Elba, Province of Livorno, Italy
A quick boat ride from Marina di Campo in Elba Island will bring you away from the summer's crowds straight to Pianosa Island. Once the location of a maximum-security prison holding particularly dangerous mafiosi, it is now a marine protected...
Lighthouse Road, West End, Negril ., Jamaica
Built on the edge of limestone cliffs, this secluded resort features 12 charming rooms, all of which have ocean views. Guests can dine on authentic Jamaican cuisine in a private grotto, or take in the scene at the candlelit Cave Rum and...
Crystal River, FL, USA
We went swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida last winter and it was awesome! The water was a bit chilly, but seeing the manatees underwater in clear blue springs was incredible. You can rent a small boat and snorkeling gear from...
TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
I've been lucky to enough to dive around the world for work and play.... I justr had a trip to Turks and Caicos near the Bahamas and the diving was amazing!!!! Clear waters with goof reef life... We saw sharks, turtles, barracuda, lobster, rays...
Sukakarya, Sabang City, Aceh, Indonesia
Iboih is small village in the Weh Island of Indonesia. It offer tranquility and serenity while enjoying the breeze of seashore. From the terrace of the lodge, you can jump into the super clear turquoise sea water. Swim and snorkel with so many...
Topete 3040, El Manglito, Barrio Manglito, 23060 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
"“Aeeeeiiiiiiiiii”, Shauna shrieked, splashing heavily trying to flee the boulder-sized head coming at her. Her stunned scream set off a chain reaction of fear throughout the group – four of us swished about, creating waves in the green, cold...
George Town, Cayman Islands
As part of a cruise shore excursion I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with the Sting rays in Grand Cayman. I had managed to convince one of my co-travelers to go with me. She had never been snorkeling before and was a little nervous about...
5255 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
People define Aloha in many different ways. I think of Aloha as a state of peacefulness that comes from an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life, combined with compassion and respect for the people and creatures we live among. When I...
Paradise Island, Dominican Republic
Paradise Island is one of the many excursions you can enjoy while visiting the north coast of Dominican Republic. The day begins with being driven out to a beach near Monti Cristi and dropped off. From there you are taken by speed boat to Paradise...
Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia
There's not too much to do on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, unless you want there to be! Since there aren't cars on the island, excepting the off maintenance vehicle and one bus, visitors use their two feet or...
Yardie Creek Rd, Cape Range National Park WA 6707, Australia
It doesn't get much better than snorkeling from the gorgeous white-sand beach of Turquoise Bay through crystal-clear waters to Ningaloo Reef, one of the greatest places on Earth for snorkeling! We saw a sea turtle, a shark, rays, eels, and all...
Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Swimming with a Maori Wrasse at Agincourt Reef located 38 kilometers from Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. I highly recommend Silverswift dive boat out of Cairns or their sister vessel the Silversonic out of Port Douglas.
Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Jeez, could the water be any better? This is an awesome sandy spot for swimming, snorkeling, scuba-ing in calm, balmy water with the backdrop of a row of the famous moai figures. Hit up one of the couple beach snack shacks for a tuna and cheese...
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Of the many boat excursions available in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, the trip to Playa Estrella stands out for its numerous multicolored starfish residing in the tranquil, crystal-clear waters. The beach is truly an "oasis" of calm and the...
92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
While staying at the gorgeous Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel, I decided to book a snorkel tour for my group of 6. The high pressure sales woman (who worked for Expedia I later found out) insisted that I should book the pricy $130 tour that...
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