West off the coast of Los Angeles, the snorkeling off Catalina Island is popular for its diverse marine life among the rock reefs and kelp forests. During Catalina snorkeling, you may encounter bright orange Garibaldi fish, black-tipped reef sharks, Eastern Pacific green sea turtles, abalone, eels, octopus, sea stars, anemones and sea slugs.
North of San Diego and Pacific Beach, the snorkeling in La Jolla is best known for its leopard sharks, sea caves and cold water. The La Jolla peninsula is a rocky outcropping in the west coast situated between two sandy beaches.
West of Key West, the snorkeling at Dry Tortugas is popular with tourists coming from Key West by ferry and seaplane. The main landing point in the Dry Tortugas archipelago is Garden Key, which is the site of old Fort Jefferson.
Northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, the snorkeling in Bora Bora is well-known for it calm conditions and biodiversity. The main island of Bora Bora is surrounded offshore by an atoll barrier reef.
East of Honolulu and southeast of Kuapa Pond on Oahu, the snorkeling at the Hanauma Bay Beach Park in the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park is known for its horseshoe bay filled with reefs to explore. The bay is a old volcanic crater and contains flat algae-covered reefs.
South of Maalaea and west of Makena off Maui, the Molokini crater snorkeling is popular for the water clarity and diverse marine life. The crescent-shaped Molokini Island Reserve is a partially submerged extinct volcanic crater, of which, only a semi circle is still above water.
On the western point of St Martin, the snorkeling at Maho Bay is best known for reef formations off an ironshore. The best Maho Bay snorkeling is right off the deck of the Sunset Beach Bar.
Southwest of Key West, the snorkeling off Sand Key is popular for its extensive staghorn coral and fire coral in waters with good visibility. The Sand Key is only exposed at low tide, but it is marked by a lighthouse and mooring buoys.
North of the airport on the northshore of Anguilla, the snorkeling at Shoal Bay Beach is highlighted by three coral reef formations offshore. For the most part, there are scattered, decaying coral heads in each of the three coral formations.
At the southwest end of Roatan, the snorkeling at West Bay Beach offers exceptional biodiversity, healthy coral growth and good water clarity. While there is good snorkeling along the entire West Bay Beach, the eastern end has more seagrass with the reef further offshore (about 600 feet).
On the north shore of Providenciales Island to the west of Grace Bay, the Bight Reef snorkeling is known for its dramatic reefs and coral formations with colorful fans and sponges. Also known as Coral Gardens Reef, the main snorkeling area is clearly marked by a large ring of orange buoys.
East of Kralendijk, the snorkeling at Lac Bay offers wonderful shallows filled with corals to explore and it is considered one of the best snorkeling sites on Bonaire. The only negative at Lac Bay is that it is quite popular with windsurfers, so you will need to exercise care while heading out to the main snorkeling dive site.
North of Kralendijk on Bonaire, the snorkeling at Buddys Reef is a good beginner snorkel dive site. This is the house reef for the Buddy Dive Resort.
South of Kralendijk on Bonaire, the snorkeling at 18 Palms offers some of the best reefs and marine life on the western coast of Bonaire. It is also a great beginners snorkeling dive site with easy shore access.
Our complete guide for learning to snorkel has ten tips for beginners. While snorkeling offers an amazing view of the underwater world, there are a few basic tips for beginners to ensure you have a positive, enjoyable experience. Learning to snorkel can be easy, if you follow our How To Snorkel Safely guide.
Cheap snorkeling gear or snorkel gear that fits improperly is the number one reason for a bad snorkeling trip. It can add to your anxiety when in the water and cut your snorkeling short. With a few simple tips, you'll be able to select the right snorkel gear and be prepared to thoroughly enjoy your snorkeling experience.
There are many challenges for children learning to snorkel. What may seem obvious to us adults, the process of snorkeling is much more complex for children. Our guide to successful snorkeling with kids will save you a lot of stress ensuring an enjoyable experience. While this process may seem excessive, it really works to save your vacation.
A review of the top dive masks for snorkeling of 2018. The annual snorkeling gear review was held on Grand Cayman Island across a dozen beach-accessed and boat-accessed snorkeling spots over eight days. Our experienced snorkeling staff reviewed and rated the best snorkel masks of 2018.
Full face snorkel masks are all the rage today. But are full face snorkel mask safe to use? Since their launch in 2015, they have become the most popular snorkel mask for beginners. While they have been promoted for their ease-of-use over conventional masks and snorkel tubes, there is a growing concern over the safety of full face snorkel masks.
A review of the top 10 best snorkel tubes of 2018. The annual snorkeling gear review was held on Grand Cayman Island across a dozen beach and boat-accessed snorkeling spots over eight days. Our experienced snorkeling staff reviewed and rated the best snorkel tubes of 2018.