Top 10 Snorkeling

Discover a hidden paradise of dream-like marine life in the glistening Top 10 snorkeling spots aching to be discovered.

These snorkeling paradises scattered throughout the world’s most breathtaking destinations offer warm, translucent waters and unique animal life making them stand out from the crowd

1. Rurutu, French Polynesia

The awe-inspiring destination of Rururtu offers immense whale-haunted waters, where motionless snorkelers can enjoy this tiny outpost in the Australs of Tahiti. Besides playing home to humpback whales the shape of the island also provides snorkelers with captivating caves to explore. Home to a colourful reef edging on lagoon. the big fish, manta rays and hammerhead sharks swim within its unbelievably clear water and are stunningly visible.

2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

You could choose any point of the spectacular Barrier Reef and it would be considered an amazingly unique snorkelling experience, with technicolour reefs and fascinating marine life everywhere you look. The Great Barrier Reef is perfect for both experienced and first-time snorkelers, featuring calm protected shallow spots around the islands as well as deeper reef sites rich in marine life on the outer reefs for those more experienced.

3. Vanua Levu, ​Fiji

With so many island paradises to choose from, you will never be short of underwater brilliance in Vanua Levu, Fiji. T​eeming with sea life and vivid reefs that make it perfect for all levels of snorkelling. Night snorkeling is also available for those seeking an extra slice of adventure, with an excellent array of fish species including clownfish, plumed lion fish, puffers, barracudas, manta rays, and reef sharks.

4. Bimini Island, Bahamas

Although tiny in size, Bimini Island offers a huge range of first-class snorkelling options including majestic coral gardens, scores of reef fish. Just south of North Bimini is the wreck of the 85 metre ship Sapona, driven up on the reef, Some of the best sites to don a mask and flippers include the coral ridge of Rainbow Reef, which is one of the most heavily-concentrated fish areas in The Bahamas, and Stingray Hole where huge numbers of rays swirl around you and can often be hand-fed!

5. BVI, Virgin Islands

Nothing quite beats the BVI’s. ​The British Islands are not devoid of brilliant snorkelling spots however, not by far. Big Corn Island off Jost Van Dyke is gloriously secluded and has waters swarming with southern stingrays, green morays and yellow fairy basslet fish. Even more tranquil is Flamenco Beach, the island's best spot for encountering hawksbill turtles, squid and angelfish among the fingers of reef.

6. Uepi Island, Solomon Islands

This South Pacific Island is an absolute menagerie of colour, action and movement that is remarkably visible mere footsteps from the sandy beach. Ideally situated amongst the jade and turquoise beauty of Marovo Lagoon, this snorkelling paradise is home to one of the world’s most incredibly diverse ecosystems.

7. Smiths, Turks and Caicos

The Providenciales (Provo) is world-renowned for its amazing diving and snorkelling with access to unbelievable sites provided directly off the beach. Smith’s has been ranked as one of the top 10 snorkeling destinations by National Geographic with its striking limestone entry and abundant marine life including brain and fan corals, purple gorgonians, anemones, sea cucumbers, sergeant majors, green parrotfish, long-nosed trumpet fish and green morays. Try catching a conch in several feet of water and bringing it back to shore for a fresh seafood treat

8. Desroches, The Seychelles

A relative Garden of Eden lies beneath the Indian Ocean surrounding this island stretch, housing a marine ecosystem that gifts snorkelers one of the most varied and enthralling reef explorations anywhere in the world. The island of Desroches boasts spectacular coral reefs and seldom-seen sea life such as oriental sweet lips and lion fish only metres from the main beach

9. St. Lucia, Windward Islands

Home to lush, shallow snorkeling, St Lucia proudly boasts some of the Caribbean’s best. The gem in the crown is most definitely Anse Chastauet, possessing a large majority of the island’s magnificent underwater scenery. This snorkeling spot is all about colour; that of the coral, sponges, sea fans and fish. Citrus sponges vie for attention beside azure sea fans, as jade tangs and technicolour fish swim.

10. Stingray World, Moorea

The wonderful South Pacific features again with this fantastic destination located in French Polynesia. Nestles in the island of Moorea, Stingray World is perhaps the region’s number one drawcard, in just one metre of water. Moorea is a relatively easy snorkelling destination with calm, crystal clear waters protected by the lagoons and a generous variety of gentle sea life to explore