As someone who has snorkeled for quite some time now, there’s one question I always get from people: where in the world is the best island to go snorkeling? I’ve seen many beautiful snorkeling destinations all around Guam, Palau, and Hawaii (on blogs and vlogs) and just being in the confines of these islands is enough to appreciate life underwater. How I wish I could travel the world to answer that question. But to help you with that, I made an ultimate list of the best snorkeling spots based on reader’s recommendations and people who share the same passion in snorkeling.
It’s hard not to fall in love with Palau’s charm. The Long Island Park and the Nikko Bay are the best spots for snorkeling. You will see a great diversity of marine life including fish, coral reef, and jellyfish. However, there is more to like than what’s underwater. The stunning landscape of Palau is amazing. The people’s efforts to conserve the sharks is just impressive and the gregarious nature of Palauans is something to treasure.
Baa Atoll, Maldives
If you have a penchant for both snorkeling and scuba diving, this is the place to go. Baa Atoll is known for its “untouched” beauty. I am looking forward to seeing the turquoise-blue waters and white sand. Other than that, I want to see the much talked about coral reefs and fish species.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
I recommend this one for beginners because there are parts of the Reef that are shallow enough all you need is the swimming skills. The Great Barrier Reef has been around for 500,000 years so there are surely lots of history behind this beauty. Consider snorkeling tours if you want to be guided during your adventure.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
This secluded spot in Indonesia is the place to go when you are looking for an escape from the busy city life. You will see unspoiled coral reef sites and schools of fish. I’ve been reading a lot of recommendations about Raja Ampat’s majestic sceneries. Such an ideal place not just for snorkeling but also for diving.
Mangel Halto, Aruba
One of the best things about snorkeling is it exposes you to some of the world’s hidden gems. Yes, some of the world’s best snorkeling locations are not that easy to find. But once you get there, you will get to know why it’s worth it. The Mangel Halto offers the best snorkeling experience on the island of Aruba. I recommend this one for experienced swimmers and divers because the water current can be very strong. Before snorkeling or diving in a current, don’t forget to wear your snorkeling mask. You can find the best one here.
Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
This beach in Jamaica offers a fantastic snorkeling experience because of the crystal clear, calm water of the Caribbean Sea. This place is for people who also love the crowd.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
There is quite a handful of resorts offering snorkeling experiences in Bora Bora but you might want to try outside the Teavanui Pass. The royal blue ocean awaits you.