This summer, head to any of the places mentioned below to unravel the vibrant sea life and technicolored coral reefs hidden beneath the waves. Here is a list of top snorkeling spots in the eastern hemisphere for this vacation:
As if the Komodo dragon which rules the land wasn’t fascinating enough, Indonesia scores high with respect to snorkeling experiences. It is a riot of colorful corals competing for attention from kaleidoscopic fish species zipping in all directions. Raja Ampat, Lembeh Strait, Komodo National Park, Siladen Island, Menjangan Island, North Sulawesi, and Bali offer amazing snorkeling spots. Sea anemones, sponges, blue ribbon eels, cuttlefish, coconut octopus, leaf fish, and more are a regular sight. While all this is exciting indeed, beware not to touch the adorable-looking blue-ringed octopus. It is highly venomous and can kill you within minutes.
The fabulously clear water of the Indian Ocean surrounding the Maldives offer the greatest sights beneath its waves. The visibility is very good and the water is rich with a variety of fish of all patterns, sizes, and shapes. It feels as though someone popped glittering party poppers underwater. A school of blue sturgeon fish and stripped surgeonfish will be pecking on reefs for food. Octopuses neatly camouflaged among the reefs change their colors in the blink of an eye. You can even dive with a marine biologist at Noonu Atoll so that you can understand the marine life of this region. Sail to Baa Atoll and dive into the water to witness manta rays. They will twirl and roll in the water while gorging on planktons.
Koh Kradan, Siladen Island, Banana Beach among others should be part of your Thai travel itinerary. It is not uncommon to find starfish washed up ashore when you walk on fine silky sand here. Depending on where you dive, you can spot whale sharks, blue-spotted lagoon rays, chevron barracuda, tuna, and other species. Snorkeling in Koh Yao Island and Phi Phi Islands is unlike any other. Because you will be swimming in emerald green waters with 300 ft tall limestone cliffs to add drama to the landscape.
Known mostly for its desert landscape and intriguing ancient history, the eastern coast of Egypt lining the Red Sea holds many treasures underwater. The warm water at Dahab, Tawa, Nuweiba, Sharm El-Sheikh and Marsa Alam are good places to camp. Blue cheek butterflyfish, dugongs, turtles, mantas, sharks and spinner dolphin are among the few that you can easily spot here.
Great Barrier Reef
Australian coral reefs need no introduction. The 2,300 km long coastline coupled with 2,900 individual reefs is home to a diverse range of fish, sponges, hard and soft corals. The colors underwater are eye-popping. Barracudas, manta rays, starfish, sea horses, mollusks, sea turtles, sea snakes, blennies, cowfish, pufferfish and thousands more thrive in the ocean. The sight of the bright orange clownfish co-habiting with sea anemones and the royal blue tang seems as if the cast of Finding Nemo made its way to the reef.
Visit these top snorkeling spots in the eastern hemisphere for a memorable time underwater. Ensure you carry reef safe and eco-friendly sunscreens and an underwater camera.