Winter is coming (or has arrived at some other places!) and this may be a little bit out of topic. But maybe, just maybe, some of you might be planning to spend your holiday season off some posh island somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea. Or perhaps you may want to get more cultural and more private at some Southeast Asian beaches to snorkel. If those sound like your grand holiday plan, then read on.

Here are the top spots where you can best wear your snorkel, mask, fins, and wetsuit. Are you ready? Here we go!

5. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The largest of the three Cayman Islands, this British territory boasts of its stunning shorelines. The Seven Mile Beach, for example, is a stretch of coral-sand beach known for its natural beauty and clear, warm, Carribean water. It is open to public and anyone can just walk along the coastline, whichever hotel they might be staying in. Go straight to the end of Seven Mile Beach and a lot of flourishing snorkeling spots are conveniently located. One of the most favorite snorkeling destinations here is the Stingray City. This place allows snorkelers to have a more intimate interaction with stingrays that have grown habituated to interacting with humans. But you can’t only see stingrays but also other tropical fishers like triggerfish, puffer fish, angel fish, and cowfish. Other popular snorkeling sports are Eden Rock and the Wreck of the Cali.

4. Ilha Grande, Brazil

This beautiful Brazilian wilderness may have been invaded by modern tourism as a lot of hotels have emerged. But it manages to stay nature-based and has maintained its extensive forest coverage. The monkey-filled jungle surrounded the crystal clear turquoise waters that are home to the most spectacularly colored fishes, makeup to the attractiveness of the island. When you snorkel off the Blue Lagoon (Lagoa Azul), you will get to swim with seahorses and angelfishes, follow turtles and see some underwater coves and sunken jungles. You will also get to see dozens of shipwrecks that are the remnants of the war between Portuguese and the pirates.

3. Palawan, Philippines

This long island along the West Philippine Sea is not a very popular snorkeling destination but little did most people know that Palawan is big and has diverse eco-system and amazing marine and wildlife. You will never run out of choices and a one-week gateway maybe too short. In El Nido alone, you have all the options for island hopping where you can snorkel and see breathtaking, healthy coral reefs, urchins, clownfish (Nemo) and lots of other colorful fishes. In Coron, a separate island from the mainland Palawan is another destination of its own. You can plan another trip here and explore more coral reefs and other marine creatures.

2. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye is the most popular snorkeling destination in Belize. The beach is only one mile from the reef! This reef, by the way, is the longest barrier reef outside Australia. When you snorkel there, you will get to meet eels, rays and all kinds of dazzling colored fishes up close and personal. The Shark Ray Alley gives you the experience of exciting encounters with varieties of nurse sharks, rays, and wonderful corals. If you fancy swimming with the sharks, this is the place for you! The Hol Chan Marine Reserve will let you meet bigger species and the Tres Cocos will let you swim with lots of corals and fishes in a shallow area on the barrier reef. Those are only a few so consider snorkeling here soon!

1. Palau, Micronesia

Micronesia is made up of a bunch of islands scattered across the Western Pacific Ocean. Not many people may have been aware that Palau, one of its island, is actually a haven to snorkelers. The abundance and variety of this small island’s marine life are more than breathtaking. Its giant coral lagoon is a barrier reef that nurtures more species of marine life than you can imagine. The Rock Island Southern Lagoon, a world heritage site, has more than 385 coral species. Its most popular destination, the Jellyfish Lake allows you a blissful otherworldly experience by snorkeling among the floating, gelatinous creatures. These golden jellyfishes have been in the lake for hundreds, if not thousands of years! You need to be careful because they have amazingly poisonous stings! This and the countless of a wide array of rainbow colored fishes, sponges, and corals make up the list of why you should pack your bags and visit this island very soon to snorkel!


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