Whether you prefer sharing the waters with manta rays in the Maldives, kyphotic whales in the Dominican Republic or being surrounded by schools of vibrant fish in the Caribbean, the following are the best snorkeling spots you can dream of.
Grenada, the Caribbean island, is not only famous for its epics, lush mountains and picturesque cliffs, but also for housing the world’s first marine sculpture garden at Molinere Sculpture Park. Now a half-hour boat ride from Playa Pink Gin in Granada is a collection of contemporary underwater ecological art on the sandy bottom of Bahía de Molinere. These coral-adorned cement sculptures, including the famous children’s ring, are packed with colourful fish and offer a unique underwater experience. For more information, click on the Go Dominican Republic guide.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
To appreciate brilliant marine life and dazzling corals, there’s nothing better than the Great Barrier Reef! Being the largest reef system on the planet, the latter is made up of 2,900 individual reefs and coral reefs stretching south 1,400 miles off the Queensland coast. More than a thousand species of fish, although six species of sea turtle, inhabit the reef. Warming waters are bleaching the corals and scientists predict the reef could pull up as early as 2050. So enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and don’t be too late to the party! As a matter of fact, the best way to move around this year-round destination is to take a boat trip to several locations after you set base camp at Cairns or Port Douglas.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Komodo National Park is located in the Lesser Sonda Archipelago in central Indonesia, a chain of volcanic islands that lie to the east of Java. Established in 1980 with the purpose of preserving the Komodo dragon, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site six years later. It is one of the only five islands in the world where you can see these unique lizards in the wild. The national enclosure attracts a lot of attention, but the surrounding waters should not be forgotten. It has enjoyed a protected constitution for over 30 years, the reefs enriched with a wealth of exotic underwater life, especially dugongs, manta rays, sharks and over 1000 species of tropical fish.