Being able to explore in the water on a holiday is one of the best things about going abroad. The clear blue seas that you can find in places like the Caribbean are a far cry from the likes of Scarborough or Brighton! But what can be a pain is if you head off to do diving, swimming, or snorkelling, and all you can see is tourists in life jackets and flippers in your face. Which is why you need to pick your destination wisely. It can be tricky to find a secluded but still safe area to snorkel and enjoy watersports, but not impossible. Here are some of the best spots to visit, but shhh! Don’t tell everyone!
West Papua, Indonesia
The area of Raja Ampat in the West Papua province of Indonesia is a sight to behold. Other places like Bali can be overrun with tourists, but this is a hidden gem of a place. It has one of the greatest concentrations of marine life for the size of the space, so there are plenty of things that you will see, that is relatively untouched. There is more about Raja Ampat on the Indonesian tourist site, here: http://indonesia.travel/gb/en/home. You will come face to face with a whole variety of fish swimming in all directions, as well as sea turtles, small sharks, and manta rays.
The Galapagos, Ecuador
If you are looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track with plenty of wildlife to boot, then the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin made his discoveries, is going to tick all of the boxes. It is much less about fish and coral, though, with more sealife like sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and penguins. Because the islands are so remote, it means the sea creatures are pretty friendly, as they aren’t inundated with tourists.
Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
You can’t think of snorkelling and not think of Hawaii, right? There are so many amazing beaches on the islands, all with stunning, clear waters. But the Kealakekua Bay is one of the best of the bunch. While you can fly out there from the UK to make it a stand alone holiday, you could even think about making the trip around Hawaii as part of a cruise, much like the ones on the https://www.loveitbookit.com/ site. Then you could get to experience all that there is. However you do it, Kealakekua Bay is a must, as it is a small bay that is protected, with access only by kayak or through the jungle.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Can you even talk about snorkelling without mentioning the Great Barrier Reef? But the good news is that the reputation does stand up to the hype. The barrier is huge, nearly 2,500km and has one of the largest marine ecosystems in the world. The sad news is that climate change is causing some of the coral to die, as the water is so warm. Good news for divers, not so good for the coral. Have you ever been to any of these? They’re pretty much bucket list destinations. It would be great to hear if you have though.