7 Lesser Known Destinations for Quality Snorkeling

In recent times, deep sea diving, scuba diving, and snorkeling have emerged as the most popular underwater recreational activities for interested individuals.

Snorkeling is fast emerging as a popular underwater recreational activity

The first two are intended for experienced divers as they require specialized equipment as well as training. For a blog about scuba diving, try poolschoolinparadise.com. Snorkeling, on the other hand, is something that even novices and children can undertake, assuming it is under expert supervision, of course. All you need is a diving mask, swim fins, a breathing device called a ‘snorkel’, and a good understanding of how to use them. And you are ready to explore the wonders the oceans hold inside their waters.

Some of the most popular places to snorkel include:

  • The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • Komodo National Park in Indonesia
  • Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
  • The Maldives
  • Maui & Big Island in Hawaii
  • Belize

But here, we’ll introduce you to some lesser known places that offer just as good a snorkeling experience.

Plage de la Palud, South of France

Located in Port Cros National Park in the Mediterranean, Plage de la Palud is known for its vastness of sea life. This is probably the only place in the world where you can spot dusky grouper, huge gilt-head bream, greater amberjack and brown meagre at depths as shallow as 2 meters.

Ghar Lapsi, Malta

A little difficult to reach but a must visit if you happen to be in Malta. An ideal place to snorkel towards the end of summers if you love quietness, clean deep waters, and a picturesque seabed.

Silfra Fissure, Iceland

You’ll need a dry suit to keep you warm in the icy cold water, but the adventure is totally worth it for the unique experience of snorkeling between the North American and the European continental plates. With underwater visibility of up to 300 feet, Silfra has one of the cleanest waters anywhere in the world.

Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure, Iceland
Snorkeling between continents in Silfra Fissure, Iceland (Source: icelandadvice.is)

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska Riviera is a 60 km long coastline between the towns of Brela and Gradac. There are dozens of snorkeling spots with seasoned, professional guides available. Starfish, octopus, and a number of other unique fish species can be easily seen up close.

The Medes Islands, Spain

The islands are part of a protected Natural Marine Reserve. Medes is a group of 7 islets located off the coast of Costa Brava in northeastern Spain. Amidst views of colorful sea vegetation, you are likely to spot sea horses, sea basses, barracudas, sea stars, moray eels, red mullets, groupers and plenty of other fish

Ningaloo Reef, Australia

The reef is home to an abundant amount of marine and coral life. Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is famous for sightings of humpback whales, dolphins, sharks, and if you’re lucky, even dugongs.

Key Largo, USA

Key Largo in the US state of Florida offers multiple remarkable snorkeling spots. It is famous for its stunning coral reefs, including the 3rd largest in the world. The rich sea life you can explore includes tropical colored fish, sea turtles, starfish, eels, lobsters, conchs, rays and much more.