Wonders just below the surface
One of the most fantastic activities to do on any beach or island holiday is exploring the underwater world around your chosen destination. Seeing bright coral architecture, amazing marine life, mesmerising schools of fish and even the occasional shark makes for an unforgettable travel experience. While scuba diving lets you go to significant depths it often requires training, licenses and expensive gear, putting it beyond a casual ’have-a-go’ experience.
Snorkelling, on the other hand, requires just a snorkel and mask set and can be done by anyone who knows how to swim. It’s a great way to observe marine life while you float near the water’s surface and provides some exercise while on holiday too. Though it’s true that you can snorkel in almost any spot with shallow, clear water, some places are definitely better than others for this.
The Flexicover Team lists some of the best snorkelling destinations in the world where you can make the most of this enjoyable activity.
This island offers one of the best spots in the Caribbean for snorkelling because there’s a wide variety of aquatic life not far from the shore. Both the west and south coasts provide excellent opportunities for snorkelling, including Carlisle Bay Marine Park, Mullins Bay and Dottins Reef. There are also plenty of shipwrecks to explore that attract myriad marine species. Plus the island is renowned for having some of the best kept coral reefs in the area giving you the opportunity to spot lionfish, eels and turtles.
Indonesia is home to some of the best diving sites in the world and offers incredible snorkelling opportunities. Raja Ampat, part of the Coral Triangle, is the best place to snorkel and lets you see amazing coral formations alongside numerous fish species. The island of Bali is also popular and there are shipwrecks to float leisurely over, as well as swimming with turtles in the azure waters. Other great sites include Komodo (home to the Komodo dragon) and Wakatobi. From clown fish to whale sharks Indonesian waters offer a vast range of aquatic spotting experiences.
When you think of India images of snorkelling may not be the first that come to mind. However, the country has spectacular islands that offer some of the best snorkelling in the world. The Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal, boast pristine coral reefs and a huge variety of marine life such as hawkbill turtles, parrot fish, sea squirts and scarlet soldier fish. Neil Island and Havelock Island, in particular, are snorkelling hotspots that sport beautiful beaches as well as surrounding coral reef gardens.
With the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the, lesser known but equally incredible, Ningaloo Reef Australia teems with superb snorkelling sites for you to explore. One of the best places to go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef is Heron’s Island where you can start your aquatic journey right from the beach itself as there are several shallow reefs just metres from the shoreline. The island is also a national park and its waters abound with turtles, manta rays and various species of marine invertebrates alongside around 900 species of reef fish native to the area.
If the thrill of spotting aquatic creatures in the wild is a good lure, then the Bahamas could offer the best snorkelling destinations for you. The islands here offer superb snorkelling and some amazing sights. Visit Nassau for Caribbean sharks, Bimini to spot hammerheads and playful dolphins and Cat Island for white-tipped sharks. Of course there are excellent beaches and coral reefs to explore as well, especially Andros which has the third-largest barrier reef on Earth. Furthermore, there’s always the now infamous “pig beach” to experience. Here locals and tourists regularly bring food to the pigs who run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats and are also more than happy to frolic in the surf with those that jump into the crystal clear waters.
Wherever you decide to go on your snorkelling holidays, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.