Best Places For Snorkeling

Best Places For Snorkeling

Flippers getting ready for snorkeling

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Pull out your fins, because NOW we’re guiding you to some of the best snorkeling locations worldwide!

Now that you’re all set for snorkeling (if not, see our guide to snorkeling!), its time to consider where to go to get your flippers wet!

This article contains five of the best places in the world to go snorkeling.

By no means an exhaustive list, this is simply a DYI bucket list of places to snorkel.

Feel free to add your own in the comments below.

Tulamben, Bali

One of the underwater features that are usually available to scuba divers only, are wrecks.

But, there are wrecks out there that can be explored and experienced without a tank on your back, and at the coastal town of Tulamben on the island of Bali, there’s just such a wreck, the USAT Liberty.
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A World War II US Army transport, she was struck by a Japanese torpedo, and beached on Bali.

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A subsequent volcano eruption caused the wreck to slide out and submerge under water, but still at only a few feet of water.

Combine that with the general clarity of the water, and the entire wreck can be explored from the surface, or from easy freedives to experience details of the wreck, and the marine life that now inhabits it.

Scuba divers also flock to this place, so snorkelers and divers will get the rare treat of mingling underwater.

Snorkeling in Bali allows you to mingle with scuba divers too

The USAT Liberty wreck can be explored from the surface - Credit: Dudarev Mikhail

Jellyfish Lake, Palau, Micronesia

Snorkeling doesn’t have to take place in the open water, many lakes offer just as unique experiences as can ever be found in the ocean.

Jellyfish Lake on the island of Palau is no exception! It is very much what it says in the name, a lake filled with jellyfish!

The lake is a saltwater lake, with literally thousands of harmless jellyfish living here.

Swimming and snorkeling in the lake is permitted, but scuba diving is not, so you’ll have no bubbles to disturb your outlook.

And swimming in the lake, looking up at the clouds of jellyfish breaking the bright sun’s rays as they filter through the water, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Snorkeling with thousands of harmless jellyfish

Snorkeling with thousands of jellyfish is a rare experience, besides, they are harmless! - Credit: Ethan Daniels

Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland

The lake of Silfra in Iceland, formed by tectonic plates separating and literally tearing the country apart, is a place like no other.

A deep, sometimes very narrow, crack in the rocky ground, it plummets down to 30 feet or more, and is filled with the clearest, cleanest water you’re ever likely to swim in.

It is also, as, cold.

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On a good day, it rarely comes above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so this is definitely a drysuit trip.

Drysuits and snorkeling gear can be rented, when you hire a guide, from a number of tour operators in and around Reykjavik.

The water here is so clear, and the visibility so good, that people with severe vertigo is recommended to not do this trip, as vertigo can definitely set in as your swimming along in the surface of what the locals call “liquid air”, with several feet of plummeting depth below you.

Snorkeling in the cold waters of Iceland

The clearest and cleanest water you will ever likely to swim in and cold too! - Credit: J. Helgason

Ras Mohammed National Marine Park, Egypt

Back to warm water!

Ras Mohammed, close to the resort area of Sharm el-Sheik, offers some of the most pristine corals and most abundant marine life in the northern Red Sea.

With easy access by boat or shore, and many sheltered alcoves, this area offers great experiences for beginning and experienced snorkelers alike, and even for advanced tech divers!

Take a day trip and explore the many coves, with coral encrusted walls and a whole plethora of marine life including antiochs, trigger fish, parrot fish, stingrays, and more.

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Ras Mohammed marine life adds to an exciting snorkeling experience

Ras Mohammed offers an abundance of marine life waiting to be explored - Credit: WhitcombeRD

Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

A “blue hole” occurs when the roof of undersea cave collapses, creating an abrupt change in depth, compared to the surrounding area.

Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest known of these, it plunges down to an astonishing 663 feet, attracting hardcore tech divers for that very reason.

But just because it is popular with tech divers, doesn’t mean its off limits to snorkelers.

Swimming along the surrounding reefs and sandy bottom and seeing the bottom just disappearing beneath you and the deep opening up, is bound to give you a bit of goosebumps.

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And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a group of tech divers ascending or descending into the vast, blue nothing beneath.

Snorkeling at Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas

Credit: Bahamas.com

Snorkeling at Dean’s Blue Hole in Bahamas

Credit: Bahamas.com

Where's your best snorkeling spot? tell us in a comment below! 

About The Author

Thomas Grønfeldt Senger

Thomas is a Naui Instructor and has been diving in Australia, France, Egypt, Sweden, Indonesia, Iceland, and numerous other locations around the world.

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