Discover the best coral reefs in the world to explore as well as where to stay.
Big Blue Unlimited outfitters [offsite link]
Big Blue Unlimited offers small group and private snorkel and dive outings as well as other eco-tours of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Bonaire Has Great Snorkeling [offsite link]
Bonaite offers scores of nearby snorkel sites.
Cozumel and Los Cabos, Mexico’s Coasts
Cozumel, along Mexico’s Caribbean, offers white sands as well as first-class snorkeling and diving. In Los Cabos on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the desert meets the sea and jagged mountains rise. The sands turn coral in the sun and blue waves send plumes of white spray crashes against the shore.
Sailing the British Virgin Islands
For a laid-back, boating getaway where you can snorkel and sun on secluded beaches, head to the British Virgin Islands. This nation of more than 60 islands, counting the small, uninhabited cays, offers hundreds of off-the-beaten-path coves within a radius of 80 nautical kilometers.
Snorkel and Dolphin Adventures, Honduras
Roatan, one of Honduras´ Bay Islands, offers extraordinary diving and snorkeling. Another bonus: swim with dolphins and learn about them at Anthony´s Key Resort, home to a marine institute.
We’re on a treasure hunt in Bonaire, a Caribbean island 50 miles north of Venezuela. Forget about beaches—there aren’t many here—or lush, tropical landscape—Bonaire is arid and desert-like. But the island does teem with underwater jewels: myriad reefs rich with coral and colorful tropical fish.
Snorkeling the Turks and Caicos Islands
The reef that wraps several of the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos Islands offers rewarding snorkeling. We see trumpet, parrot, trigger fish and a school of blue tangs as we float above brain, purple fan, fire coral and large stag horn formations that nearly reach the surface.
Virgin Islands National Park [offsite link]
Trunk Bay inthe Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, has an underwater snorkel trail. While Turnk Bay isn´t what it used to be because of the many visitors, the reef here still has enoughfish and coral to delight first-time snorkelers.
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