Take a few seconds to perform a google search for “top diving destinations” and you’ll get enough hits to keep you reading for months. Not everyone is a certified diver, though. Snorkeling doesn’t require a certification, and many of those great “diving” locations also cater to snorkelers. If you’re looking for some of the hottest spots this summer to explore without scuba gear, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of the top summer snorkeling destinations to visit this summer.
We’ve touched on Ambergris Caye before, and there’s a reason it keeps showing up on our lists. Belize has the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, and that means snorkelers have a LOT of real estate to explore. There are hundreds of great cayes and coves to explore along this stretch of coast, and snorkelers will see a plethora of wildlife including rays, eels, and more colored fish than you could possibly ever count.
The Big Island
When it comes to fantastic snorkeling opportunities, you really can’t go wrong with any of the Hawaiian Islands. However, if we had to pick one to call the best, it would be The Big Island. A big reason for that is that, well, it’s the biggest, so it offers the most opportunities. Any of the hot spots around The Big Island offer snorkelers the chance to swim with colorful fish, turtles, and dolphins. For an entire day of snorkeling adventures both in the water and out, check out the state park at Kealakekua Bay.
Komodo Island is a pretty popular vacation destination. However, it’s not necessarily the sea life that’s drawing visitors, it’s the giant lizards that stroll around on dry land. The reptiles are certainly a cool reason to put this spot on your bucket list, but do yourself a favor and work in a little snorkeling, too. There are several great spots around the island (like Komodo National park and Pink Beach) that offer the chance to swim with countless species of fish, sharks, rays, whales, and coral.