The oceans of the world are fascinating. Both mysterious, vibrant and teeming with life, we have always been intrigued by the earth’s waters. One of the best ways to explore them is via snorkelling. So to celebrate World Oceans Day, we have compiled a list of the best places to explore across all over the world.
The Southern section of the Atlantic Ocean is where you will find the island chain of Bimini. It is comprised of three isles—North Bimini, South Bimini and East Bimini. As a unit, it is only a mere seven miles long, but in this short stretch, you will find a beautiful coastline, bustling with amazing sea life. If you’re very lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the rare ‘smalltooth sawfish’. Additionally, snorkelling is great for these areas there as there’s lots of wreckage to explore, including the famous SS Sapona.
Langford Island, Whitsundays, Australia
Just south of the Pacific Ocean and to the left of the Coral Sea is Queensland, the second largest state in Australia. It is also the location of The Great Barrier Reef. There are many places to choose from in this massive expanse but Langford Island stands out as an ideal spot for snorkelling. This is due to there being so many different types of coral to see. You will also be able to swim among sea turtles and other marine life.
It’s funny how in such a small area of the world there can be an abundance of natural beauty. The Maldives in the Indian Ocean has a plethora of underwater sights to behold. In terms of marine life, you will be able to share the waters with oriental sweetlips, jackfish and spotted eagle rays. You will also be able to get close to whales, dolphins and sea turtles. The surrounding corals also look captivating and range in many vibrant colours.
Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Way out in the Pacific Ocean, you can find the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. In this volcanic archipelago, there are many little isles of paradise. Monuriki, for instance, was the setting for the film Cast Away due to its secluded feel. It is a great illustration of the country’s beauty and is perfect for snorkelling. As a place where turtles lay eggs, it’s often possible to witness this event first hand before joining the reptiles back in the water. The island is also enveloped by a coral reef that is great to explore in Fiji’s clear waters.
Many may raise an eyebrow when they are told that the stereotypically milder temperature of Norway is a good place to plunge yourself in the deep. But the Lofoten Islands are considerably warmer than most areas of Scandanavia, making the prospect of snorkelling less daunting. It is home to the Røst Reef—the deepest coral reef in the world. It is also possible to see killer whales in the area.
Have you got any favourite snorkelling spots? Let us know in the comments.