Snorkeling is the practice of swimming while equipped with a diving mask, a shape breathing tube called a snorkel, and usually swimfins. A snorkel is used for breathing while underwater. These days, going underwater and exploring the aquatic life is a great thrill for many people. So the next time you feel like going for a hike underwater, you need to know the right places. Some of them are
Ambergris Caye, Belize
It is home to a barrier reef 185 miles large, making it the largest barrier reef outside Austrailia. Inside Belize, you have opportunities to get close and personal with eels, rays and all kinds of colored fish. For divers and snorkelers, some of the best options are found off of Ambergris Caye, including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the self-explanatory shark-ray alley teeming with sharks.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
It is an island located halfway between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, off the coast of Brazil. It is surrounded by blue waters containing brilliantly colored fish. There are hotels on the island. It is largely untouched with monkey-filled jungles. You get to do amazing things like diving into the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, swim with seahorses, ogle the underwater coves, and many more. The waters off of the island are also home to dozens of shipwrecks.
The Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii is majorly known as one of the best spots in the world with incredible snorkeling spots. The Big Island has more square footage than all the other islands combined. Major attractions of the place include an underwater state park at Kealakekua Bay which has technicolor coral and colorful fish. It is also known as the spot where Captain James Cook landed on the island.
Palawan, The Philippines
The waters surrounding the islands of the Philippines make up a diverse eco-system filled with breathtaking wildlife. There are tons of snorkeling opportunities in the Philippines. You can go dive into the Bay of Donsol and swim with whale sharks or visit the coral reefs outside the Noa Noa island. Other spots include the Honda Bay, the island’s fish-filled lagoons, the Tubbataha reef and also the Starfish and Cowrie islands.
Buck Island, St. Croix, USVI
The Buck Island in the U.S. Virgin island consists of mainly national parks where rather than finding mountains or buffalos or bears, you will most likely run into a friendly octopus. The Elkhorn coral reefs under Buck Island’s waters make up for a brilliant snorkeling spot where you will probably find colorful parrotfishes, three species of sea turtles, the endangered brown pelicans, and many more.