The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association reports that as of 2013 there were approximately 11 million snorkelers in the U.S. and about 20 million snorkelers worldwide. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re one of us. Welcome, friend.
Looking for your next snorkeling adventure? Whether you’ve just begun to dip your toes in the water or are ready to make waves, whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a full on family adventure, these top snorkeling destinations are sure to make a splash.
A quick fix.
Don’t have much vacation time to spare but jonesing for a good snorkel? A quick getaway to the Sunshine state is just what you need. Florida offers so many great snorkel spots, but one of the must-sees is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. The first undersea park in the U.S. was established in 1963 to protect part of the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Its 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps draw visitors to the park from around the world.
A family affair.
Pack up the kids for a super fun snorkeling vacation. The Caribbean's Champagne Reef in Dominica combines great beaches and a lively atmosphere, offering snorkeling spots that are not just amazing but also kid friendly. Subterranean geothermals push up tiny bubbles up through the ground, giving the reef its name. It’s like swimming through a giant jacuzzi. Mingle with the seahorses, frogfish, parrotfish and Hawksbill turtles and enjoy reef’s beautiful corals up close.
Hawaiian hidden treasures.
Telling you that there’s great snorkeling in Hawaii isn’t telling you something you don’t already know, but finding the best spots isn’t always easy. On the eastern end of Maui’s Papalaua Wayside Park awaits a reef chock full of treasures. Because of it’s proximity to the surface, snorkelers can experience fish they’d usually need a diving certification to see. Can you say humuhumunukunukuapua'a? That’s Hawaii’s official state fish.
Go on, you deserve it. Treat yourself to an exotic, once-in-lifetime getaway to Raja Ampat, located in Indonesia's West Papua province. With the greatest concentration of marine life for a region of its size and 75% of all known coral species in the world, it’s hard to find anywhere else in the world that compares. The waters of this archipelago, made up of 50,000 square kilometers of islands and water, contain more than 1,000 different species of fish, sea turtles, sharks and manta rays. Each day snorkeling brings a brand new adventure.
Now all you need to do is pick which destination start with first. Then pack your bags, and your Super Snorkel of course, and you are set for an unforgettable adventure.