The best snorkeling in the world is an often debated and subjective subject that there are no right answers to. While everyone has their favorites, today we look at some of our favorites and tell you why as we span the globe in search of the best snorkeling the planet earth has to offer.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
These 50,000 square kilometer group of islands located in Indonesia’s West Papua province are hard to get to but well worth the trouble. Featuring over 1,000 species of marine life as well as over 75% of all known coral species the world has to offer. Its remote location means snorkelers who make the trek often have the place to themselves making for an incredibly unique experience.
Pigeon Cay, Honduras
This uninhabited island is just a 45-minute boat ride from the crowded Rotan but may as well be in another time zone. The crystal clear water mixed with the plethora of sea life make for an incredibly memorable experience and is some of the best snorkeling in the world.
Palau Reef, Micronesia
Palau reef is home to Jellyfish Lake where you can swim with jellyfish without the fear of getting stung by one of them. After a short boat ride and hike, the isolated lake paired with Palau’s healthy offshore reef provides some of the most unique and best snorkeling in the world.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
You can’t make a list of the best snorkeling in the world without mentioning Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Stretching more than 2,000 kilometers and made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem is estimated to have been around for a half million years. Its warm waters and shear size make it a great destination for snorkelers of all skill levels.
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Ever wanted to snorkel with sharks but afraid of the danger? Look no further than Isla Holbox where you can swim and snorkel with harmless whale sharks, most the size of a school bus. The best time of year to snorkel here is the summer, when the whale sharks feed near the surface.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
Beyond the postcard-type images you will see from photos of Belize, it is also home to some of the best snorkeling in the world. Featuring water no deeper than 10 feet, snorkelers can swim with nurse sharks and sting rays while hovering over some of the most stunning coral reef in the Caribbean.