Snorkeling unlocks a new world underneath the water’s surface. This aquatic activity has been gaining popularity as a relaxing and fun way to spend a vacation. Not every body of water is snorkeling water. Murky waters hide the colorful creatures that swim through them, and clear waters above a plain, sandy ocean floor are boring. Don’t hold your breath waiting to plan your next snorkel vacation. These destinations boast some of the most magical snorkeling scenes under the sea.
Say “hola” to snorkeling in the Caribbean
The MUSA Underwater Museum of Art is one of the most fascinating places to snorkel in the world. The project is located in the crystal Caribbean waters around Cancun, Mexico. Over 500 unique sculptures rest on the ocean floor. This exhibit draws visitors away from other snorkel sites, which helps preserve the Caribbean’s natural ecosystems. Also located on the Yucatán Peninsula, Isla Holbox is part of a nature preserve that’s home to flamingos, pelicans, and other exotic animals. During the summer months, Isla Holbox is one of the best places to swim next to whale sharks. These massive creatures survive on a diet of plankton and fish, so swimmers can safely get close to these graceful ocean creatures.
The Silver Bank
The Dominican Republic is surrounded by the picturesque Caribbean Sea, but the Silver Bank hides an incredible snorkel adventure that can’t be captured through a camera lens. From December to April, humpback whales gather in an area of the Atlantic Ocean called the Silver Bank. Visitors have the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The Silver Bank is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and is accessible through Puerto Plata.
The US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands are famous for the breathtaking crystal blue waters that surround them. These Caribbean islands are a destination for snorkeling enthusiasts. Trunk Bay near St. John island offers a self-guided trail for ocean adventurers. Underwater signs highlight species of coral and other entertaining pieces of information along the way.
St. Croix island has many popular snorkeling spots, but Buck Island and Cane Bay are two of the most scenic locations. Buck Island has over 250 different kinds of fish swimming around sponges, coral, and other crustaceans. This area is protected by the US National Park Service but remains open to divers and snorkelers. Cane Bay is home to an array of multicolored fish, brain coral, and other sea creatures. On clear days, you can swim out to Cane Bay Wall where the shallow area drops into deep ocean waters.
And say “aloha” to snorkeling across the US
Say “aloha” to your next travel adventure in Kealakekua Bay off Hawaii’s Big Island. This bay is home to a rainbow of fish, vibrant coral, playful dolphins, majestic sea turtles and some cool history. English explorer Captain James Cook was killed in Kealakekua Bay in 1779. This remote section of the island is only accessible by signing up for a guided tour, paddling out on a rented kayak or hiking on foot over a rugged trail.