Fertile waters of the turquoise blue Caribbean or the emerald green pools of a Mexican cenote are teeming with life waiting to be explored. To witness this delight sight, here are some of the top snorkeling spots in the west:
First of all, this Central American nation has the largest barrier reef outside Australia. There are many cays and atolls that dot the shoreline but the most famous ones are Ambergris Caye and Glovers Reef Atoll. Tiddly crabs hiding beneath rocks and brightly colored indigo hamlets pecking on reefs are common. Occasional stingrays will surely capture your attention. Spawning dog snappers and cubera snappers are an open invitation to predator whale sharks.
Turks and Caicos
This super-laid-back destination has all the elements for a perfect summer vacation with spectacular spots for snorkeling. Bight Reef off the coast of Providenciales will mesmerize you with its exceptional array of corals and a long list of colorful fish species. What is hidden in the crevices are spiny lobsters, banded coral shrimp, spotted moray eels, and sea cucumbers. Additionally, pay a visit to Gibbs Cay to interact with the docile stingrays. Moreover, you even get to feed them!
The entire Hawaiian archipelago is brimming with brilliantly colored fish, barracudas, reef sharks, and manta rays which is most noteworthy. Kealakekua Bay has a variety of fish species in a myriad of colors. There is some history lesson too as this was the spot where Captain James Cook first landed on the island. Big Island, Kealakekua Bay, and Kona are highly recommended. Apart from the turtles and dolphins, you will see tropical fish huddled amongst the reef curiously staring back at you.
The Caribbean and Pacific coastline of Mexico is a gold mine for snorkeling enthusiasts. The breath-taking turquoise ocean is one of the most scenic spots in the world to find colorful tropical fish, coral formations, turtles and stingrays. There is Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, and Cancun, waiting to offer you an unforgettable experience. While swimming in the ocean is fun, Mexico also offers you the thrill of swimming in natural freshwater pools hidden deep in the tropical jungles of Yucatan. In these caverns, emerald green reservoirs host mojarras, mollies, guppies, catfish, small eels, and frogs.
Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
With the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos Islands are a melting pot of marine species. It is the big mammals which rule the water here. We are talking about sea lions, sharks, dolphins, turtles, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, hammerhead sharks and even penguins. The coral gardens spread out underneath are teeming with tropical fish, moray eels, and even turtles.
Bimini, Elbow Cay, Nassau, Abacos, Exumas, Andros Island, and New Providence are Bahamian snorkeling pride. What makes snorkeling in the Bahamas a unique experience are not only the reefs but the plenitude of submerged shipwrecks. Nurse sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, groupers, angelfish, trumpet fish, and moray eels are just some of the long list of species that thrive here.
Do not miss snorkeling at Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island. It is the world’s second deepest sinkhole in the world with a depth of 202 meters. What is challenging is the pitch-black abyss which is eerily quiet but very magnificent to behold.
Visit these top snorkeling spots in the West this summer for a memorable underwater experience. Also, do not forget to carry the best underwater photography gear to capture these delightful moments as you will return home with pictures fit to be a screensaver.