Summer is just around the corner, so we definitely need to think about the destination where we will spend it. Yes, sunbathing sounds very cool, and so does swimming in the sea or ocean, but why not try something completely different this year? If you are a snorkeling lover, then you need no convincing, however, if this is your first time, let us tell you where you should go for a trip this year.
Snorkeling is one of the activities that are always extremely interesting and unique, and there’s no way you won’t like it. Each person should experience this at least once in their lifetime, so why not do try it out this year? Take a look at the most important places around the world for snorkeling:
Is there another place that comes to your mind upon hearing the word “snorkeling”? Probably not, as the Maldives is the “it” place for such an activity. Namely, the crystal clear waters and the flourishing marine life with more than 700 different species of fish are just waiting for you to experience them. And since we are slowly losing many different species due to climate change, this is a place you want to visit as soon as possible.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Australian Great Barrier Reef is yet another place that simply screams “snorkeling”, and it’s for a good reason – it’s one of the most popular snorkeling destinations of the world. This reef is made up of 2900 individual reefs, and it spread across 1400 miles off the Australian coastline. If you want to experience The Little Mermaid’s “Under The Sea” moment, this is the place to be. It’s also a place that is extremely valuable to humankind, yet it’s quite endangered, so once there, you can also join a cause to help preserve it.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
If you have visited the first two destinations (which would mean that you are really into snorkeling), or you want to go to a place that’s not that mainstream, then you might want to check out Komodo island in Indonesia. Make sure to buy the best snorkeling gear, book a flight and accommodation and head to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Pink Beach is the beach where you want to go, as it will give you the option of swimming with rays and hawksbill turtles, but if you want something more exotic, then you might have the Komodo National Park in mind. This will give you a chance to be close to 14 endangered species of fish, 260 types of corals and more than a thousand varieties of fish.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Brazil is indeed an exotic destination, but did you know that it’s also a good destination if you want to go snorkeling? Ilha Grande is one of the best and most interesting places for this activity in the world. The vibe of the island is completely unique, and even though it is a tourist place and home to some of the most luxurious hotels, you will also be able to spot monkeys in one of the forests, and the lagoons are so untouched and perfect. Want to see underwater coves, seahorses, turtles and explore shipwrecks? This is the place to go to!
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
There’s probably not a single person in the world who hasn’t heard about the Galapagos Islands and all the beauty they contain. These are some of the islands richest in marine life, home to Galapagos penguins, sea lions and fur seals, so if you ever get a chance to come here, you should definitely do so. Note that this is not a place where you are likely to return to as experiencing it once is more than enough, but you should definitely opt for that “once” right now.
Palawan, The Philippines
The Philippines is slowly becoming a more and more popular tourist destination, and snorkeling is only one of the activities that you can indulge in there. The archipelago comprises of 7000 islands and the surrounding waters make it all the more exciting for snorkeling. The most popular snorkeling place in the Philippines is the Bay of Donsol – this is where you want to be if you want to see a whale shark. If, on the other hand, you want to see the coral reefs, remember the name of Noa Noa Island.
Why would you settle for a regular summer holiday that will only include swimming and sunbathing? Try out something new, or simply kill two birds with one stone and visit a place that has amazing beaches for swimming and tanning, and great places where you can snorkel. It’s always interesting when you have something like this in mind for your summer destination, and this sounds like an excellent choice. It’s fresh, it’s interesting, and can be very educational as well.