Some of the best places to see on earth are actually not on the earth. A snorkel is one way to enjoy the magical underwater reefs, wildlife, and the occasional shipwreck and crater. Unlike scuba diving, snorkeling requires very little equipment. All you need is a diving mask and fins and an ability to swim. If underwater exploration is something that excites or interests you, here are some places that should be on your bucket list.
Top 10 Places to Snorkel in the World
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
One of the most stunning examples of underwater beauty can be found in the waters of Raja Ampat, or Four Kings, located in Indonesia’s West Papua province. One of the major reasons for this: it is home to 75% of the world’s known coral species. Snorkelers who come to the region can have encounters with more than 1,000 different species of fish, sea turtles, sharks and manta rays. There’s so much to see, you can go snorkeling every day of the week and experience something new each time.
New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
Located a little off the beaten trek, this remote island in the Pacific Ocean is a unique place to encounter marine life you likely haven’t seen before. Scientists believe that Kimbe Bay is home to more than 820 species of coral reef fish and is home to the Coral Triangle, with 76 percent of the world’s coral species.