AFTER Antartica, Melbourne, Finland, India, and Dubai, your wanderlusting soul must be itching for the next destination to scratch off your bucket list. But in the spirit of packing lighter, how about jetting off to one of our recommended snorkelling spots where you can show off your new Vilebrequin shorts?
Besides, summer is coming up soon, and what’s a better way to freshen up that tan than with schools of the most colourful fishes? Here are five snorkelling destinations, from the nearby Ko Tao island to the remote reefs of Belize, so you should start checking out air tickets now! Remember to pack sunscreen.
01 Ko Tao Island, Thailand
In Thailand’s Chumphon Archipelago is the little island of Ko Tao, also known as “Turtle Island”. Here, you can embark on a full-day snorkelling trip around the island that will take you to some of Southeast Asia’s most quiet and scenic shorelines. Adventurers should make a visit to Shark Bay, frequently visited by blacktip reef sharks (no promises that they’ll swim next to you, though).
02 Coron, Philippines
The holy trifecta for snorkelers would be crystal clear waters, shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs, all of which are ever present in the sleepy beach town of Coron. While it is more famed for divers, the lagoons of Coron still draw a respectable snorkelling crowd year on year. Be sure to head to Barracuda Lake and explore its dreamy underwater cliffs and formations.
03 Moreton Island, Australia
While the Great Barrier Reef is a no-brainer, those seeking a bit more of an adventure can instead detour to Moreton Island in Queensland. Brisbane’s only shipwreck site, the Tangalooma Wrecks, are located here and can be accessed via a ferry. If you’re a strong swimmer, you can reach the wrecks yourself. Otherwise, you can arrange for a tour with the Tangalooma Island Resort for a snorkelling tour of the shipwrecks.
04 Oahu, Hawaii
A snorkelling listicle that doesn’t include Hawaii is no valid listicle. Besides the famous Waikiki Beach, Oahu is home to many picturesque beaches, bays, and coves that will fill your little snorkelling hearts with delight. During the summer, you can visit Shark’s Cove towards the northern edge of the island, or go down to the southeastern part of Hanauma Bay to swim with the fishes.
It might be on the other end of the world, but a vacation to Belize will make all your Instagram followers green with envy. Its year-round tropical climate is ideal for an all-day snorkelling fest. Take a day trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (near the Ambergris Caye) and swim alongside sharks and stingrays, or travel to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most iconic underwater sinkholes, for a tranquil soak in dark blue waters.