Paradise 1 — Mabul, Borneo, Malaysia Hotels 4.5-5

  • ​Alice Semporna Backpackers Hostel - 5/5
  • Cube Bed Stationtrk (Semporna) - 5/5
  • Best Bunk Beds (Semporna) - 5/5
  • Rooms (Tawau) - 5/5
  • City Garden Hotel (Tawau) - 5/5
  • Tabin Lodge (Lahad Datu) - 5/5
  • Bike and Tours Bed & Breakfast(Lahad Datu) - 5/5
  • Mabul Water Bungalows – 5/5 https://www.mabulwaterbungalows.com/en/
  • Sipadan-Kapalai 4.8/5 http://sipadan-kapalai.com
  • Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa(Pulau Sipadan) - 4.5/5
  • House 11 - Borneo Home (Lahad Datu) - 4.5/5
  • Atine Backpackers Hostel (Semporna) - 4.5/5
  • The Reef Dive Resort(Mataking) - 4.5/5
  • Scuba Tiger Semporna Holiday Resort - 4/5
  • My Inn Hotel(Tawau) - 4/5
  • VS Guest House (Tawau) - 4/5
  • Sipadan Mangrove Resort (Tawau) - 4/5
  • T Hotel (Tawau) – 4/5
  • Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna) - 4/5
  • Bubble Backpackers (Semporna) - 4/5
  • Poga Backpackers (Semporna) - 4/5

Bligh Water, Fiji Somosomo Strait — Fiji

Grand Cenote, Tulum - By anjči from London, UK - Grand Cenote, TulumUploaded by Alfie↑↓©, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12668173

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Diving in Curacao - https://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/cura-ao
  • ​Go West Diving Curacao - http://www.gowestdiving.com
  • The Dive Bus http://www.thedivebus.com
  • ​Ocean Encounter Curacao - http://www.oceanencounters.com/en/
  • Atlantis Diving Curacao - ​http://www.atlantisdiving.com
  • ​The Diveshop Curacao - http://www.thediveshop-curacao.com
  • ​B Diving & Watersports - http://www.bdivingcuracao.com
  • ​Curious 2 Dive - http://www.curious2dive.com
  • ​Divers of the Caribbean - http://www.diversofthecaribbean.net
  • ​TwinDivers - http://www.twin-divers.com/eng/
  • ​Scuba Store & More - http://www.scubastoreandmore.net/index.html
  • ​Goby Divers Curaçao - https://www.goby-divers.com
  • ​Scubaçao Diving Adventures - http://www.scubacao.com
  • ​Scuba Lodge & Suites - http://www.scubalodge.com
  • ​Dive Center Pietermaai - http://www.scubalodge.com
  • ​Scuba Do Diving - http://www.divecenterscubado.com
  • ​Lions Dive and Beach Resort - https://www.lionsdive.com
  • ​Duikcentrum van de Ven - http://www.duikcentrumvandeven.com/en/
  • ​Dive Wederfoort - http://www.divewederfoort.com
  • ​Relaxed Guided Dives - https://www.relaxed-guided-dives.com
  • ​Viator - https://www.viator.com/Curacao-tours/Snorkeling/d725-g17-c58?pref=02

Also check out:

  • Pacific blue adventure (Huahine, French Polynesia): Top Tips Before ...  - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g309692-  d4344862-Reviews-Pacific_blue_adventure-Huahine_Society_Islands.html
  • SCUBA Diving in Huahine, French Polynesia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NMFfmSj0AI
  • Huahine Diving Information from Tahiti Tourisme North America - www.tahiti-tourisme.com/diving/huahinediving.asp
  • Rates and Package at Pacific Blue Adventure Diving Center in ... - divehuahine.com/Nouveau%20site/VersionUS/%20tahiti-   tarifsUS.htm
  • Scuba Diving, Huahine Activities | Tahiti.com - http://www.tahiti.com/activities/diving-3137
  • Rurutu Island Scuba Diving with Rurutu Dive Map, and Rurutu Dive ... - http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/diving/rurutudiving.asp
  • Rurutu diving and whale watching, French Polynesia | Diving in rurutu ... - http://www.diving-world.com/tahiti-rurutu.html
  • Rurutu Island Scuba Diving with Rurutu Dive Map, and Rurutu Dive ...
  • Island-Hopping in Tahiti and French Polynesia | Scuba Diving


Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Dive Maldives: Hanifaru Bay - Manta Rays and Whale Sharks - http://www.dive-the-world.com/reefs-and-parks-maldives-hanifaru.php
  • Hanifaru Bay for whale shark and manta - Maldives Finest -https://maldivesfinest.com/hanifaru-bay
  • Fun Azul, Maldives 10/10
  • Scubaspa Yang, Maldives 9.6/10
  • Carpe Vita, Maldives  9.6/10
  • Azalea Liveaboard, Maldives 9.6/10 http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/azalea
  • Ocean Divine – 9.6/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/ocean-divine
  • Carpe Diem Liveaboard, Maldives - 9.5/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/carpe-diem
  • Carpe Nova, Maldives  9.5/10
  • Theia Liveaboard, Maldives - 9.4/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/theia
  • Scubaspa Ying, Maldives 9.4/10 - 
  • Sachika Liveaboard, Maldives - 9.3/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/sachika
  • Princess Dhonkamana, Maldives - 9.3/10- http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/princess-dhonkamana-
  • Emperor Atoll, Maldives 9.3/10 -http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/emperor-atoll
  • Manta Cruise, Maldives - 9.2/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/manta-cruise
  • Soleil 2, Maldives – 9/10 http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/soleil-2
  • Princess Handy - 9.3/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/maldives/princess-handy​

Fiji is known as the soft coral capital of the world and is one of the premier places in which to scuba dive. But Bligh Waters is unequivocally the best place to dive in Fiji.  Found between the two main islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu the area is the home of liveaboards, limitless marine animals and year round diving. It gets it name from the infamous Captain Bligh of Mutany on the Bounty. The larger of the two islands, Viti Levu, has a reef that skirts the island that runs about 100 km along the south coast.  The area is inhabited by incredible marine plant and attracts larger animals that feed on plankton, such as mantas and whales between July and October to breed.  The Great Sea Reef, Fiji’s largest, is the third greatest in the world, next to the GBR of Australia and the Belize Reef.  Because of the winds and the tides between the islands, this is an area best suited for the experienced scuba diver but not particularly suited for the snorkeler.  Its relatively uncrowded sites and unspoiled conditions are a perfect playground for those seeking incredible photos and seeing nature at play. 

Whether you are snorkeling or diving the cenotes of Mexico, it is always a memorable experience.  I was fortunate to snorkel some cenotes north of Tulum, as they can be found all over the Riviera Maya between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.  However I never knew about the Gran Cenote until I studied it for my travel certificate.   This cavern is one of the most popular sites in the Riviera Maya and draws people from all over the world.  Gran Cenote is a favorite of both snorkelers and divers, but only advanced divers can dive down and explore the stalagmites, columns, stalactites, and tunnels found in this system of inter-connected of caves. This is a unique eco system of more than 300 miles that provides both snorkelers and divers alike with something that is totally unique in the world of water adventure.

Superior Producer, The cabin at 25 meters De Alexflink de Wikipedia en sueco - Transferido desde sv.wikipedia a Commons., Dominio público, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1421184

Something Special — Bonaire Hotels 4.5-5:

  • Coral Paradise Resort - 5
  • BnBBonaire – 5
  • Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn - 5
  • Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel – 5
  • Harbour Village Beach Club – 4.5/5
  • Plaza Resort Bonaire – 4.5/5
  • ‪Courtyard Bonaire – 4.5/5
  • Port Bonaire Resort – 4.5/5
  • Sonrisa – 4.5/5
  • Caribbean Court Bonaire - Breezy Bonaire – 4.5/5
  • Tropical Inn Bonaire – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147267-Bonaire-Hotels.html

Also check out:

  • ​Australia (Tourism) - http://www.australia.com/en-us/places/qld/qld-diving.html
  • ​Dive the Reef (Reef reports)  http://www.divethereef.com/News.asp?date=19+Jan+11
  • Cairns – Tips for a great day of diving on the GBR — divebuzz.com - http://divebuzz.com/cairns-tips-for-a-great-day-of-diving-on-the-great-barrier-reef/
  • Cairns - Dive Report - http://www.divereport.com/locations/australasia/australia/cairns-and-great-barrier-reef/

Caymans, Photo by Vicki Kralapp

Flamenco Beach, Culebra Dive sites at the beach By http://www.flickr.com/people/dejeuxx/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dejeuxx/6792175235/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22017361

Mary’s Place — Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras Hotels 4.5-5

  • Seagrape Plantation Resort - 5
  • Barefoot Cay - 5
  • Cocolobo - 5
  • ‪West Bay Lodge and Spa - 5
  • Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive - 5
  • Mayoka Boutique Hotel - 5
  • ‪Puerta Azul - 5
  • The Beach House - 5
  • Xbalanque Resort - 5
  • ‪Blue Bahia Resort‪ - 5
  • West Bay Lodge and Spa - 5
  • Half Moon Resort – 4.5/5
  • Reef House Resort – 4.5/5
  • Island Pearl – 4.5/5
  • Sea Vue Luxury Condominiums – 4.5/5
  • CoCo View Resort – 4.5/5
  • Mariposa Lodge – 4.5/5
  • Splash Inn Dive Resort – 4.5/5
  • ‪Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort – 4.5/5
  • Infinity Bay Spa and Beach – 4.5/5
  • Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort – 4.5/5
  • ‪Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Bananarama Beach and Dive Resort – 4.5/5
  • ‪Paya Bay Resort‪ – 4.5/5
  • Las Verandas Hotel & Villas – 4.5/5
  • Pristine Bay Resort – 4.5/5
  • Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas – 4.5/5
  • Sueno Del Mar Resort – 4.5/5
  • Villagio Verde – 4.5/5
  • Anthony's Key Resort – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g292019-Roatan_Bay_Islands-Hotels.html

Corn Islands, Nicaragua


Manta rays (Manta birostris) taken at Himandhoo Manta Point, Maldives By Jun V Lao -

Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.  wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52936973

Bimini Islands and Ray of Hope, Bahamas Hotels: 4.5-5

  • Resorts World Bimini, Tarpon 8 - 5
  • Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina – 4.5/5
  • Sea Crest Hotel and Marina – 4.5/5
  • Weech's Bimini Dock and Bay View Rooms – 4.5/5
  • ‪Bimini Sands Resort and Marina – 4.5/5
  • Atlantis Rejuvenation Center (The ARC) – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147426-Bimini_Out_Islands_Bahamas-Hotels.html

Wherever you snorkel in the Caymans you are going to find beauty.  There are very few places in the world that will provide so much color and marine life.  The Caymans are part of an undersea mountain range and provides a home for thousands of sea creatures.  According to the late Jacques Cousteau it is by far the best snorkeling in the world.  On a dive or simply snorkeling one can find a wide array of marine creatures including moray eels, stingrays, barracudas, groupers sharks, turtles, silversides, and tarpon gliding just beyond your reach along with brilliant corals, sponges and sea fans decorating the ocean floor.  Of all the places that I have snorkeled in the world this is one of my favorites and I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Cousteau.  My sister and her family have made it their second home and vacation there whenever possible.

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​The New Caribbean - Tobago - The Sisters | Scuba Diving​ http://www.scubadiving.com/travel/caribbean-atlantic/new-caribbean-tobago-sisters
  • Tobago Dive Sites recommended by Tobago Dive Pirates -  www.tobagodivepirates.com/sites.htm
  • Tobago Dive Packages - Manta's Garden & Tropikist Hotel‎http://www.caribbean-sun.com/Tobago/package/28/Diving%20in%20Tobago.html
  • Tobago Dive Sites - underseatobago.com - www.underseatobago.com/dive-sites
  • Zoe Snorkeling Charters - http://www.snorkeltobago.com
  • Caribya! - http://caribya.com/tobago/snorkeling/

Also check out:

  • SCUBA Dive The Sisters Inside – Tobago - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhsiNoDsS_8
  • Tobago Dive & snorkel Sites - dive sites in the Upper Caribbean region of Tobago​ http://www.mytobago.info/diving07c.php
  • Great snorkeling - Review of Buccoo Reef, Tobago, Trinidad and ...http://www.mytobago.info/snorkelling.php
  • Where To Snorkel in Tobago | PanamericanWorld
  • SNORKEL Bucco Reef – Tobago (U-tube)


WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Bicolor rabbitfish By Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble - fiji rabbitfish Siganus uspiUploaded by Amada44, CC BY 2.0, https:// commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25253218

Lutjanus monostigma from French Polynesia By Hectonichus -

Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/

index.php?curid=43440600

Also check out:

  • US Virgin Islands: Home - http://www.visitusvi.com
  • $300.00 voucher http://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions?mbid=synd_foxnewstravel
  • Virgin Islands Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews and Reports - http://www.undercurrent.org/UCnow/dive_reviews/Virgin_Islands

Also check out:

  • ​​Diving Kimbe Bay: Overview, Dive Sites and Logistics ... http://www.indopacificimages.com/index.php/papua-new-guinea-2/the-complete-guide-to-diving-kimbe-bay/
  • Papua New Guinea scuba diving travel guide, dive resorts ... http://www.bluewaterdivetravel.com/papua-new-guinea-scuba-diving-travel

Also check out:

  • Turks and Caicos Tourism Official Website - http://turksandcaicostourism.com/salt-cay-accommodation-2/
  • https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g656910-d150112-Reviews- Salt Cay (Turks and Caicos): Top Tips Before You Go – TripAdvisor Salt_Cay-Salt_Cay_Turks_and_Caicos.html
  • Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands Visitor's Guide http://www.saltcay.org

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Culebra Divers -http://www.culebradivers.com
  • Culebra Snorkeling and Dive Center - https://culebrasnorkelingcenter.com
  • Tripadvisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g580453-d1815863-Reviews-Culebra_Divers-Culebra_Puerto_Rico.html
  • DiveBuddy.com - http://www.divebuddy.com/divesite/1332/flamenco-beach-playa-flamenco-puerto-rico/
  • Sea Ventures Dive Centers - http://www.divepuertorico.com
  • Pure Adventure, Snorkeling and Diving Center - http://pureadventurepr.com
  • Isla Nena Scuba - http://islanenascuba.com
  • Scuba Dogs - https://www.facebook.com/Scuba-Dogs-94852198581
  • Aqua Adventure - http://www.scubapuertorico.net/scuba_diving_sites.html


 

Bali 5 star Resorts and Hotels Ratings

  • Mulia Villas Nusa Dua
  • AYANA Resort and Spa (5 stars)
  • RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA  
  • Kuta Paradiso Hotel 
  • INAYA Puri Bali
  • Grand Inna Kta
  • Hard Rock Hotel Bali
  • Komaneka at Rasa Sayang Ubud Hotel
  • The Lokha Ubud Resort
  • Alaya Resort Ubud
  • The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel
  • Citadines Kuta Beach Bali Aparthotel
  • Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
  • Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort & Spa
  • Komaneka at Bisma Ubud
  • Le Grande Bali
  • The Trans Resort Bali
  • Kajane Mua Villas
  • Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Spa by L'Occitane
  • Bulgari Resort Bali
  • Bali Dynasty Resort
  • Kajane Mua Villas
  • Le Grande Bali
  • Bisma Eight Ubud


And I could go on and on, the list is seemingly endless.  Check it out at https://www.agoda.com/?cid=1731668 or https://www.tripadvisor.com.


Hostels or good hotels for the backpacker or budget conscious -

  • From $3 USD a night on up at hotels.com   
  • or $5 a night Hostels in Bali at  https://www.tripadvisor.com.


Diving and snorkel packages -

  • ​Diving Menjangan Island - http://www.menjangan-diving.com
  • Aqua Marine Diving - Bali http://www.aquamarinediving.com/bali-diving/dive-sites/menjangan/
  • Wakatobe Eco Dive Resort - ​https://www.wakatobi.com/home/?gclid=CI-AocDriNMCFQmqaQody_0CPQ
  • Book Your Dive - https://www.bookyourdive.com/blog/2014/5/15/scuba-diving-menjangan-island#

The cenote IK KIL is one of the most recognized worldwide - 

By Rhuesca - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.

org/w/index.php?curid=52858489curid=52858489

Domincican Republic - Photo by Vicki Kralapp

View of resort (Turtle Bay) from helicopter - Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13928475

Kelp forest and sardines, By w:en:Aquaimages

(talk | contribs) - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18288763

Bimini Island from space, June 1998 By NASA - Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is (was) here11:34, 9 September 2005 Darwinek 640x640 (85,877 bytes)Original picture by NASA, Public Domain, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=800001

Contact Info

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Big Blue Scuba - http://www.bigbluevanuatu.com
  • Nautilus Watersports - http://www.nautilus.com.vu
  • Aquamarine - http://aquamarinesanto.com
  • Devil's Point Dive - ALLAN POWER DIVE TOURS
  • ALLAN POWER DIVE TOURS - http://www.allan-power-santo.com
  • Aore Adventure Sports & Lodge - http://www.aoreadventures.com
  • Oceanwalker Vanuatu - http://www.oceanwalkervanuatu.com
  • Vanuatu Resorts and Guides - www.resort-vanuatu.com/snorkeling_vanuatu.htm
  • Big Blue Vanuatu http://www.bigbluevanuatu.com/snorkeltrips.html
  • Dive Adventures - http://diveadventures.com.au/pages/destinations/Vanuatu/

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Stingray City and Pat’s Wall, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Hotels 4.5-5

  • ​Caribbean Club - 5/5
  • ‪Sea Palm Villas - 5/5
  • Turtle Nest Inn - 5/5
  • Britannia Villas Grand Cayman - 4.5/5
  • ‪Cobalt Coast Grand Cayman Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪Sunset House - 4.5/5
  • Wyndham Reef Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa - 4.5/5
  • ‪The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman - 4.5/5
  • ‪Sunshine Suites Resort - 4.5/5
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort - 4.5/5
  • Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach - 4.5/5

​​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147365-Grand_Cayman_Cayman_Islands-Hotels.html

Happy travels, Ciao!  😎

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Red Seas Dive Trips - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/red-sea?tag=179418205626&gclid=COvz4_yCidMCFcSLswodasEOsQ
  • ​Dive the World - http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-egypt-ras-mohammed.php
  • ​TripAdvisor - Ras Mohamed Red Sea Cruise and Snorkeling
  • TripAdvisor - Boat Trip to Ras Mohamed from Sharm
  • Viator - ​(Ras Mohamed Red Sea Cruise and Snorkeling) https://www.viator.com/tours/Sharm-el-Sheikh/Ras-Mohamed-Red-Sea-Cruise-and-Snorkeling/d827-3124SSH02
  • ​Big Blue Dahab - http://www.bigbluedahab.com/thistlegorm-ras-mohamed/
  • Memphis Tours - https://www.memphistours.com/Egypt/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Excursions-and-Trips/Sea-Tours/Wreck-Diving-to-SS-Thistlegorm
  • Diving Ocean College - http://www.ocean-college.com/dive-packages.aspx
  • Snefro Love, Egypt - 10/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/snefro-love
  • Blue Liveaboard, Egypt - 10/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue
  • Seawolf Felo, Egypt - 9.6/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/seawolf-felo
  • Seaworlf Dominator, Egypt- 9.6/10 – (Liveaboard)
  • http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/seawolf-dominator
  • Emperor Superior, Egypt– 9.5/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/emperor-superior
  • King Snefro 5, Egypt – 9.4/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/king-snefro-5
  • Snefro Pearl, Egypt  – 9.3/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/snefro-pearl
  • Red Sea Aggressor, Egypt – 9.2 - – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/red-sea-aggressor
  • Blue Planet 1, Egypt – 9.2/10 – (Liveaboard)  http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue-planet-1
  • Blue Seas Liveaboard, Egypt– 9.2/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue-seas
  • Blue Fin Liveaboard, Egypt- 9.1/10
  • http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue-fin
  • Red Sea Adventurer, Egypt - 9.1/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/red-sea-adventurer
  • Blue Pearl Liveaboard, Egypt – 9.1/10 http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue-pearl
  • Blue Melody, Egypt – 9.3/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/blue-melody
  • Emporer Elite, Egypt – 9/10 – (Liveaboard) http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/egypt/emperor-elite


 

Chac mool2 - CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=644304

View of L'Estartit port. - Door Lambda drive - Eigen werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4508583

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Diving Center - Diving - Hotel Illes Medes a la Costa Brava
  • La Sirena Diving Center (L'Estartit, Spain): Top Tips Before You Go ...

        https://www.tripadvisor.com › ... › Costa Brava › L'Estartit › Things to Do in L'Estartit

  • Costa Brava Divers l'Estartit- Come to dive to the Natural Park Montgrí ...
  • Scuba Diving and PADI Certification with Calypso Diving Estartit Costa
  • Dive Center...http://www.calypsodivingestartit.com/english.html​
  • Diving Center El Rei del Mar, l´Estarit,

Medes Islands - www.elreidelmar.com/

A small island off of the Mainland in Belize - Photo by Vicki Kralapp 

Also check out:

  • The diving school - Hotel Les Illes - L'Estartit - Costa Brava - www.divinglesilles.com/EN/29/The-diving-school.html
  • Diving Costa Brava Spain: Medes Islands, L'Estartit - Real Costa Brava http://www.real-costa-brava.com/scuba-diving-  costa-brava-  spain-medes-islands.html
  • Estartit Tourism, Leisure & Vacation, Information Hotels, Campsites - http://www.visitestartit.com/en/22/L-Estartit-html
  • Estartit Diving Illes Medes Costa Brava https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3rgIhCbk0

Curacao is a brilliant alternative to the typical Caribbean dive.  Part of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) Curacao is more reflective of it’s European heritage than many others with names like Willemstad and Christoffelberg. 

Curacao once again offers amazing dives and snorkeling opportunities for almost anyone who can don a mask and fins.  The important dives off shore include: The Superior Producer, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful dives, Beacon and Barracuda Point, Snake Bay, Porto Marie the double reef system in Curacao and the not to be missed Mushroom Forest (Watamula).  Most of the shore dives lie off the southeast and southwest part of the island, but the two that are truly not to be missed are the Superior Producer and Mushroom Forest.

Superior Producer is a very popular shipwreck off just off Willemstad, which is now totally covered with corals and sponges and surrounded by reef fish and other sea creatures.  Sunk in 1977, the wreck is accessible by both shore and boat.  However, if you are going to make this dive, it is advised that you have an advanced diving certification and go with a guide.  This shipwreck and the Mushroom Forest, provide sanctuary to the barracuda, sea turtles, dolphins, moray eels, groupers, and numerous other sea creatures, which live in this incredibly beautiful part of the world.  Aptly named because of hard corals that have grown to look like giant mushrooms, the Mushroom Forest lies just off of Santa Cruz near the northwestern tip of the island.  All of this is waiting for the avid sea-explorer.

I have scheduled 3 days on the island of Oahu, before my friend joins me to work on my snorkeling sea legs, so to speak.  One snorkel spot is just about 10 miles to the east of Honolulu off the south coast highway, called Hanauma Bay.  It is an amazingly beautiful place that has remarkably affordable packages.  But first I will be going to the Ko Olina Lagoons because of the calm waters and easy snorkeling.  

Maui

Although I will not be going to Maui, I would like to make a trip to the Molokini Crater to snorkel.  But we will see how the finances hold out!

L'Estartit, Costa Brava, Spain Hotels - 4/5 - 5/5

  • Apartamentos Rodamar – 5
  • Centremar - 4.5/5
  • La Costa Golf & Beach Resort(Pals) - 4.5/5
  • Aparthotel Arenal (Pals) - 4/5
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Emporda (Gualta) - 4/5
  • RV Hotel Palau Lo Mirador (Torroella de Montgri) - 4/5
  • URH Moli del Mig (Torroella de Montgri) - 4/5
  • Restaurant Hotel Picasso (Torroella de Montgri) - 4/5
  • Nereida Hotel - 4/5
  • Raco Del Mar - 4/5
  • Apartamentos Salles Beach - 4/5
  • Sol Ric Villas - 4/5
  • Hotel Panorama - 4/5
  • Bell Aire Hotel - 4/5
  • Medes II - 4/5
  • Hotel Santa Anna - 4/5
  • Apartamentos Sa Gavina Gaudi - 4/5
  • Pierre & Vacances Residence L'Estartit - 4/5
  • Hotel Les Illes - 4/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g644326-L_Estartit_Costa_Brava_Province_of_Girona_Catalonia-Hotel-Deals.html 

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Diving Packages:

  • Scuba Diving Gran Cenote Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico
  • http://www.grancenote.com/cenote_info.htm
  • Pro Dive Mexico - https://prodivemex.com/dive-site/gran-cenote/
  • Go Cavern Diving http://www.gocaverndiving.com/caverns/gran_cenote.asp?DS=gran_cenote
  • DCM Dive Cenotes Mexico Scuba Dive Shop - Gran Cenote - http://www.divecenotesmexico.com/gran-cenote

Tobago is another place that doesn’t disappoint with regard to diving and snorkeling.  Located near South America, Tobago is truly one of the treasures of the Caribbean.  The huge profusion of coral and fishes in the area draws not only tourists to dive and snorkel, but to fish as well.  The coral reef surrounding the island is one of the best in the area and is home to over one million species of coral and countless varieties of fish including jacks, tarpon, barracuda, tuna, sharks, trigger fish, manta rays, sea turtles, brain and barrel coral.

Buccoo Reef is the largest coral reef in the Tobago waters and consists of 5 reefs divided by channels.  Although this system of reefs is for both divers and snorkelers, it is by far more accessible to snorkelers.  Among the other popular areas to dive and snorkel are: The Rock, Cove Crack, Majeston, Divers Dream, Flying Reef, Stingray Alley and Ketchup reef.

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

The Maldives is at the top of my list for places to snorkel. However, because of it’s prohibitive cost, I will probably never get there in this lifetime.  But that doesn’t mean that I cannot window shop!  Hanifaru Bay is a in protected marine area, on an uninhabited island in the Baa atoll.  By far the smallest area of all those discussed on this page, it is only the size of a football field.  Because of its location, the waters collect plankton, which in turn attract whales and manta rays, the area has become one of the hot spots for photographers and video photographers to capture the habits of these huge creatures.  Although feeding season is from May to November, the best time to visit is from the end of July to early October.

If you are planning on scuba diving in this area, you will have to look elsewhere as a recent ban has been enforced on the bay to preserve its natural beauty.  Not only that, but snorkeling has been restricted in this area as well because of its small size.  So if you wish to see Hanifaru Bay, you will have to plan ahead and book your tour early.  However, besides the atoll, there are many other areas nearby that one can find brilliant soft corals and schools of reef fish as well as manta and whales on their way to their feast.

Bonaire, By User:janderk - Own work,

Public Domain, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=743572

Also check out:

​http://www.themenjangan.com

Dive Zone (Best diving sites and reviews) - https://divezone.net/diving/pulau-menjangan

Espiritu Santo - Champagne Beach, North Santo By Jae Lee - Own work (Original text: self-made), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7103685

Molokini Crater Recreation Snorkeling (Maui) By Bossfrog - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45428829

Close-up of the hawksbill's distinctive beak By Tom Doeppner - http://www.cs.brown.edu/people/twd/home.html, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2226375

Menjangan Island, Bali

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Red Hook Dive Center - http://www.redhookdivecenter.com
  • Cane Bay Dive Shop - http://www.canebayscuba.com
  • St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures - http://www.stcroixscuba.com
  • Admiralty Dive Center - http://www.admiraltydive.com
  • St. Thomas Diving Club - http://www.stthomasdivingclub.com
  • Aqua Marine Dive Shop at Bluebeards Beach Club - http://www.diveaquamarine.com
  • Low Key Watersports - http://www.divelowkey.com/index.htm
  • Aqua Action Dive Center- http://www.aadivers.com
  • N2theBlue Scuba Diving - http://www.n2theblue.com
  • Coki Dive Center - http://www.cokidive.com
  • Blue Island Divers - http://www.blueislanddivers.com
  • St. Thomas Scuba and Snorkel Adventures - http://www.blueislanddivers.com
  • Underwater Safaris - http://www.godivevi.com
  • JJ Divers St Thomas http://www.stthomasscubadiving.com
  • CLASSIC http://classiconlinestore.com
  • Dive Experience - http://divexp.com
  • Wreck Life Dive Center - http://www.wrecklife.com
  • AQUAMAN Virgin Islands - http://www.aquamanvi.com
  • Blue Water Divers - http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com
  • Sweet Bottom Dive Center US http://www.sweetbottomdive.com
  • VITAL Freediving – US http://vitalfreediving.com

Also check out:

  • Scuba Diving in Maldives - Holidays in Male and Ari Atolls, and More
  • Diving in the Maldives | PADI​ - https://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/maldives
  • Maldives Dive Report - Island Dreams Travel

Champagne Beach, local children - By Bkj1000 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39994133

Moray eels' face By Izuzuki - http://www.izuzuki.com/, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32120151

Mary’s Place — Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Also check out:

  • Dive Bimini | The Official Site of The Bahamas http://www.bahamas.com/islandinterestdetail/dive-bimini
  • Bimini Islands - Dive Spots
  • http://www.divespots.com/scuba-diving-spots/bahamas/bimini/
  • Diving Bimini - Dive Report http://www.divereport.com/locations/caribbean/bahamas/bimini/
  • BIMINI DIVING 2015, with Hammerhead Sharks
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AhAtOb43jo

Snorkeling, Diving and Ferry Packages:

  • ​Ferry to Catalina - https://www.groupon.com 
  • Dive Catalina - ​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29121-d1840234-Reviews-Dive_Catalina-Avalon_Catalina_Island_California.html - 
  • Catalina Island Company - ​http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/boating/scuba
  • Catalina Tours - ​https://www.catalinatours.com/tour/guided-snorkel-and-eco-tour/
  • Catalina Island Explorer - http://catalinaislandexplorer.com

Also check out:

  • Wind, waves & weather forecast Little Corn Island – Windfinder
  • Scuba diving around the Corn Islands | Nicaragua | ViaNica.com

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Dive Friends Bonaire  http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com
  • Blue Water Travel - ​http://www.bluewaterdivetravel.com/bonaire-scuba-diving-travel
  • Bonaire Dutch Caribbean (Snorkeling and diving everything!) - http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv01.htm
  • ​Buddy Dive Resort - http://www.buddydive.com
  • http://www.harbourvillage.com/diving-en.html
  • Diving on Bonaire AB-Dive - https://www.ab-dive.com/Reservations/?gclid=CIbKk4S8jtMCFQ61wAodTJkCEQ
  • Bonaire Dive Trip - Aqua Hut - https://www.aqua-hut.com/Travel/bonaire5.htm
  • Bonaire's Snorkel Sites | InfoBonairehttps://www.infobonaire.com/snorkel-sites/
  • Snorkeling - Caribbean Club Bonaire http://www.caribbeanclubbonaire.com/en/watersports/diving/

Gran Cenote — Riviera Maya, Mexico

Also check out:

  • ​Egyptian Tourism Authority - http://www.egypt.travel/attractions/ras-mohammed-national-park/
  • Lonely Planet - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/egypt/ras-mohammed-national-park
  • ​SS Thistlegorm (Background info)  http://www.ssthistlegorm.com/en
  • Diving Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula dive site directory - http://www.divesitedirectory.co.uk/dive_site_red_sea_sharm_el_sheikh_wreck_thistlegorm.html
  • Diving in Egypt and the Red Sea | PADI - https://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/egypt-and-red-seaU.S. DIVE TRAVEL: Planning primer for Red Sea dive trips. - http://www.usdivetravel.com

Catalina Island, California, U.S.

Coral reefs in Papua New Guinea By Brocken Inaglory, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11999463

L'île de Bunaken vue de l'île de Manado Tua (Indonesia) By Btv70 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7996870

Bimini Islands and Ray of Hope, Bahamas

​​Catalina Island hotels 4.5-5 Ratings

  • The Avalon Hotel - 5 
  • Snug Harbor Inn - 5
  • ​Hotel Vista Del Mar - 4.5/5
  • The Edgewater - 4.5/5
  • Catalina Lodge 4.5/5
  • Portofino Hotel 4.5/5
  • Aurora Hotel 4.5/5
  • Pavilion Hotel 4.5/5​

 

Turtle Bay Beach at Caneel Bay (US Virgin Islands) By Fred Hsu (Wikipedia:User:Fred Hsu on en.wikipedia) - Photo taken and uploaded by user, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6876827

Also check out:

  • Dive Advisor - http://diveadvisor.com/curacao
  • ​Caribya! Snorkeling Around Curacao - http://caribya.com/curacao/snorkeling/
  • Tripadvisor - (Diving advice) ​https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147277-i583-k9595621-Curacao_diving-Curacao.html

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

The Sahl Hasheesh Bay (On the Red Sea) - By Joshfdrake - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37618387

Also check out:

  • ​3 Top Dive Sites in Vanuatu - Diving – PADI - http://www2.padi.com/blog/2015/05/27/3-top-dive-sites-in-vanuatu/
  • A Guide to the Best Scuba Diving Vanuatu | Dive Advisor - http://diveadvisor.com/vanuatu
  • Vanuatu Diving Information - TravelOnline https://www.travelonline.com/vanuatu/diving

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Dive Salt Cay Divers, scuba diving, Salt Cay, Turks Caicos Island - http://www.saltcaydivers.tc
  • Caicos Diving Adventures - CaicosAdventures.com‎ - www.caicosadventures.com/‎
  • Turks Caicos Packages - Book Together and Save - expedia.com‎www.expedia.com/Packages/Turks_Caicos‎
  • Turks and Caicos Liveaboard - Explorer Ventures Book Direct‎ https://www.explorerventures.com/turks-caicos-liveaboard/?gclid=CN2SuvzCkNMCFYS4wAodX6oCew
  • TURKS AND CAICOS AGGRESSOR II - https://diviac.com/liveaboard/turks-and-caicos-islands/turks-caicos-aggressor-ii/
  • TURKS AND CAICOS EXPLORER II​ - https://diviac.com/liveaboard/turks-and-caicos-islands/turks-caicos-explorer-ii/
  • Caicos Adventures - http://caicosadventures.com

Flamingo Beach is not just an incredibly beautiful beach, but an amazing spot to snorkel as well!  Just a short swim into the turquoise waters and the journey begins.  The reef in this area has all of the beauty of the Caribbean, with an amazing array of coral and sea life, including manta rays, lobster, turtles, stingrays, and schools of tropical fish.  Culebra is Puerto Rico’s smallest island that is inhabited by people, and with the western coast protected from the easterlies, one can spend a whole day snorkeling or diving in the sparkling clear waters.

Hypseleotris compressa (empire gudgeon) New Guinea - By Frank M. Greco - http://www.fishbase.us/photos/ThumbnailsSummary .php?id=22755, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32428368

Solomon Bay from Honeymoon Beach - By Bradley Furlow - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/

w/index.php?curid=48634159

Elkhorn coral - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1524945

Ko Olina Resort - By Alakea1100 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48258937.

Big Island, Hawaii, Maui, and Makaha Beach Park, Oahu, U.S.

Superior Producer — Curaçao

​Come see the world with me!

Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado (Indonesia) By Sakurai Midori - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4505454

Punaluu Beach Park — with black sand beach and coconut palms, on the island of Hawai’i - Big Island. - CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1427257

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Pro Dive Cairns & Great Barrier Reef - http://www.prodivecairns.com.au
  •  ​Diving Cairns - https://www.divingcairns.com.au/packages
  • Australian Sky - http://www.divethereef.com/News.asp?date=19+Jan+11
  • Cairns Diving - https://www.getyourguide.com/-l298/-tc56/?cmp=ga
  • Dive The Reef - http://www.divethereef.com/DiveSelection.asp?_vsrefdom=googleppc&gclid=CJqlstiWi9MCFQqPaQodpB0B1A
  • Visit Cairns - http://visitcairns.com.au/store/Product.aspx?ProductID=8ee50cd6-16d2-4692-b705-e762f6dd2933&gclid=CNX3yemWi9MCFQa1wAoduloItg
  • Pro Dive Store - http://www.prodivecairns.com
  • Pro Dive Cairns Training Centre - http://www.prodive-cairns.com.au
  • Tusa Dive - http://www.tusadive.com
  • Mike Ball Dive Expeditions  - http://www.mikeball.com
  • Cairns Dive Adventures - http://cairnsdiveadventures.com.au
  • Things to do in Cairns - http://thingstodoincairns.com.au
  • Silverswift - Cairns Reef Dive Tours - http://www.silverseries.com.au/swift.htm
  • DiversWorld - http://diversworld.com.au
  • Down Under Cruise and Dive - http://downundercruiseanddive.com.au
  • Snorkeling Excursions - To The Best Snorkeling Sites‎ - Oceanic Society - https://www.oceanicsociety.org/expeditions/type/designed-for-snorkelers?gclid=CIz2zoGbi9MCFYaIswodnwIKow
  • Seastar Cruises - http://www.seastarcruises.com.au
  • Reef Experience - https://reefexperience.com.au
  • Quicksilver - http://www.quicksilver-cruises.com/index.php

Parlatuvier Bay - North central coast of Tobago, West Indies.  In the distance

is a dive site named "The Sisters". By Kalamazadkhan - Own work, CC BY-SA

4.0, https:// commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42112697

A Stoplight Parrotfish in Providenciales By Tim Sackton - Flickr: Stoplight Parrotfish, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19892836

Laughing Bird Caye, Half Moon Caye — Belize

Turtle Cove Providenciales Beach By Tim Sackton - Flickr: Tropical Paradise, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

/w/index.php?curid=19892368

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Nowhere else on earth can you snorkel in an inland lake filled with non-stinging jellyfish.  However the waters around Palau offer great opportunities for the diver and snorkeler in the waters off its coast as well.  The Blue Corner is THE place to go to snorkel or dive in Palau.  Palau is a chain of islands in the western Pacific numbering some 200, lying southeast of the Philippines. 

Palau has everything that any diving or snorkel fanatic could ever want; countless shipwrecks, beautiful and healthy coral reefs, sharks and fish, fish, and more fish and sharks!  Most people are shocked by the sheer number of fish within this portion of the Pacific.  This is an area where three of the world’s major currents come together, so it makes sense that the waters should be so full of these creatures.  Within the crystal clear waters the visitor will find a kaleidoscope of over 1,500 species of fish and some 700 types of corals.  One can be sure that a visit here will be a trip of a lifetime.

Also check out:

  • ​snorkel - Dominica Forum – TripAdvisor- https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147281-i801-k594155-Snorkel-Dominica.html 
  • Complete Guide to Dominica - Activities, Attractions, Dominica Hotels ...http://www.avirtualdominica.com
  • About the Commonwealth of Dominica | Essential Information - http://cbiu.gov.dm/welcome-to-dominica/about-dominica/
  • Diving in Dominica: A divers guide to diving in Dominica - DIVE.in - https://www.divein.com/dominica/diving-in-dominica-the-whale-watching-capital-of-the-caribbean/

When I first learned that the Red Sea was one of the best places to snorkel and dive in the world I could hardly believe what I was reading.  But yes, it is always on the list of top spots and one of the most dived places in the Red Sea is the HMS Thistlegorm, in Ras Mohammed.  It is not only one of the best sites to dive in the Red Sea, but the best wreck dive in the world.   This shipwreck, from WW2, can be found in the Strait of Gubal and is considered a challenging dive therefore is only for advanced divers.  There is so much to explore, from tanks to spare parts for cars, that one needs 2 dives to see it all!

Diving the Thistlegorm is great if you also love marine life.  The fishes and other creatures in and around the wreck include; barracudas, jacks, turtles, snappers, lionfish and all manner of reef fish.  If you love to dive wrecks, this is the place for you!

Snorkeling in Roatan - Photo by Vicki Kralapp

Half Moon Caye
Like it’s sister island, Half Moon Caye is home to its own bread of birds, the boobies who nest there much of the year.  If you are a diving enthusiast, this area will provide plenty of opportunity to see the amazingly diverse habitat in the ocean.  The reef off shore is second only to the barrier reed in Australia, but in my experience provides a much clearer and more colorful experience.  The marine life is both exotic and breathtakingly beautiful and the waters provide challenges for the skilled diver and safety for the beginner, like me.

Moorea reef - Photo by Vick Kralapp

​​​​​Fiji hotels and resorts:

Tripadvisor.com - https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g294331-Fiji-Hotel-Deals.html

  • Tokoriki Island Resort (5)
  • Matangi Private Island Resort (5)
  • Taveuni Island Resort & Spa (5)
  • Paradise Cove Resort (5)
  • Nanuku Auberge Resort (5)
  • Likuliku Lagoon Resort (5)
  • Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island  (4.5/5)
  • Grand Pacific Hotel (4.5/5)
  • Bedarra Beach Inn (4.5/5)
  • Qamea Resort And Spa Fiji (4.5/5)
  • Matamanoa Island Resort (4.5/5)
  • The Warwick Fiji (4.5/5)
  • Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (4.5/5)
  • Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa (4.5/5)
  • Musket Cove Island Resort (4.5/5)
  • Royal Davui Island Resort (4.5/5)
  • Octopus Resort (4.5/5)
  • Lomani Island Resort (4.5/5)
  • Sheraton Denarau Villas (4.5/5)


Also check out:

  • Hotels.com
  • Travelocity.com
  • Trivago.com
  • Vacation.hotwire.com
  • Orbitz.com
  • Expedia.com - https://www.expedia.com/Fiji-Hotels-All-Inclusive-Hotel.0-0-d6023598-tAllinclusiveHotel.Travel-Guide-Filter-Hotel/

Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=646951 Montastraea cavernosa polyps with tentacles extended

Curacao, Playa Porto Marie - By SkitterPhoto - http://skitterphoto.com/?portfolio=curacao-playa-porto-marie, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34480748

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Scuba Diving in Palau, Micronesia: Blue Corner, Peleliu, Jellyfish ... - www.dive-the-world.com › Dive Destinations
  • 2 Blue Corner - Scuba Diving Palau with Fish 'n Fins - Dive Sites https://www.fishnfins.com/v2/en/dive-sites/blue-corner.html
  • Sam's Tours Dive Center Palau - www.samstours.com/
  • Thorfinn Liveaboard, Micronesia – 9.6/10 - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/micronesia/thorfinn
  • Palau Aggressor II, Micronesia – 9.2/10 http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/micronesia/palau-aggressor-ii
  • Rock Islands Aggressor, Micronesia – 9.2/10http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/micronesia/rock-islands-aggressor - 9.2/10 www.samstours.com/palau-diving/dive-sites
  • Palau Siren, Micronesia – 9/10 http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/micronesia/palau-siren
  • Scuba dive Palau with Palau Dive Adventures - Book Your Dive​. - https://www.bookyourdive.com
  • ​Palau scuba diving travel guide, best dive resorts, liveaboards, best ...www.bluewaterdivetravel.com

Menjangan Island, from the west By myself - I created this work

entirely by myself., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/

index.php?curid=23078043

Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado, Raja Ampat, Blade, Southeast Sulawesi (Wakatobi), Indonesia Hotels 4.5-5

  • Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa - 5
  • Mamaling Resort Bunaken - 5
  • The Village Bunaken – 4.5/5
  • Living Colours Dive Resort – 4.5/5
  • Panorama Diving Resort – 4.5/5
  • Grand Luley Manado – 4.5/5
  • Bahowo Lodge – 4.5/5
  • Cocotinos Manado – 4.5/5
  • Siladen Resort & Spa – 4.5/5

​​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1071666-Bunaken_Island_North_Sulawesi_Sulawesi-Hotels.html

The bicolor parrotfish - (CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=293543

The Corn Islands are part of the country of Nicaragua.  Laying off the Caribbean coast roughly 90 Kilometers east of Bluefields, Big Corn and Little Corn lie amidst an area of great marine biodiversity that any diver or snorkel fanatic will appreciate.  There are many spots around these two islands that warrant a close look, some of these include, White Holes, Casa II, Grant's Cave, Jake's Place, Yellowtail, Tarpon Channel, and Turtle, Blowing and Jeff’s Rock.  Each has its own special draw and play host to a wide variety of skill levels; some contain tunnels, some are deeper than others, but all contain a wide variety of abundant marine life.  On an average day one can see a colorful array of fishes including hammerheads and barracuda, stingrays, puffer fish, eels, innumerable numbers of coral fish and several variety of turtles. One may even spot a bull shark on a good day. 

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Nudibranch (Nembrotha cristata), a shell-less mollusk in the waters of Bunaken National Park (Indonesia) By Mindmaker at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10522727

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park (Hawaii)- By Kevin512 at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Quadell using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18017554

  • Also check out:
  • Bunaken national marine park guide information manado bunaken ... https://www.sulawesi experience.com/news/bunaken-national-marine-park.html 
  • Dive Sites of Bunaken National Park in Indonesia - by Tasik Divers - http://www.tasikria.com/dive_sites.html
  • Manado and Bunaken dive travel guide | Bluewater Dive Travel
  • Bunaken National Marine Park Dive Sites Overview - sulawesi ...
  • Snorkeling Bunaken Island, Sulawesi - Snorkeling Report

 

 

Also check out:

  • Caymans Department of Tourim (Weather) - http://www.caymanislands.ky/divecayman/dive-in/weather.aspx
  • ​Cayman Activity Guide - (Snorkel Sites) http://www.caymanactivityguide.com/Snorkel1.htm
  • Trip Advisor (Best places to snorkel)

        https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147365-i261-k1855182  

  • Seven unmissable dive sites in the Cayman Islands https://www.lonelyplanet.com/cayman-islands/travel-tips-and-articles/seven-unmissable-dive-sites-in-the-cayman-islands
  • Cayman Islands Weather Dive Conditions and Cayman Weather ...http://www.grandcaymansdiving.com/weather.php
  • Questions about Cayman Island Diving | FAQs | Cayman Turtle Divers - http://www.caymanturtledivers.com/FAQs  Best_places_to_snorkel-Grand_Cayman_Cayman_Islands.html


Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Seaventures Dive Rig – http://seaventuresdive.com
  • Billabong Scuba – http://www.billabongscuba.com
  • Big John Scuba - http://bigjohnscuba.com
  • https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g1137936-Pulau_Mabul_Semporna_District_Sabah-Hotel-Deals.html
  • Borneo Speedy Dive - http://www.borneospeedydive.com/index.php/diving-and-snorkeling
  • Budget Snorkeling Packages – Sipadan.com - http://www.sipadan.com/Budget-Non-Diving-Packages.php

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Although I have never been there, Jost Van Dyke seems like it would be a bit like snorkeling or diving off some of the smaller isles of the Belize Reef; relaxed, personal and accessible.  Whether you are someone who dives every year, or it has been seven years since your last splash in the surf with fins, like myself, Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost will make all your snorkel and scuba dreams come true.  Caribbean marine life abounds in the ocean waters surrounding these two islands, with a wide array of reef fish, crabs, lobsters, rays, dolphins, turtles, hiding among the corals and sea fans and whales sounding their presents to all. Jost Van Dyke has something to challenge all skill levels with its caves, wrecks, and walls and the availability to snorkel off the shore. 

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Some great places to dive and snorkel around Catalina are: Blue Cavern Point, Eagle Rock, Farnsworth Banks, Italian Gardens, Long Point, Rock Quarry, Ship Rock, all around the Two Harbors area, West End Cove and near Little Gibraltar.

I hope to be visiting this site on my way home from the Big Island of Hawaii in October!  I will be writing more and updating this site at that time.

Diver exploring the El Aguila wreck Roatan, Honduras Photo By w:en:Aquaimages (talk | contribs) - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18288526

A view of the winch setting on the deck By Woodym555, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2550121

Table coral Acropora latistella, From the Coral Triangle By

Nhobgood Nick Hobgood - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5773499

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Huahine, is another beautiful island in the cluster and the clear Pacific waters that surround it provide a home for oh so many species of plants and sea creatures.  Along with the whales that visit the neighboring isles, sea turtles, stingrays, clownfish and butterfly fish inhabit the lush coral reefs surrounding this island.  It is a relatively secluded place for snorkelers, divers and the photographer to spend a day in nirvana.

Catalina Island is one of eight channel-islands 22 miles off the mainland of San Pedro and the coast of southern California.  It reminds me a bit of Mackinac Island in Wisconsin, as cars are banned, and the atmosphere heralds back to a much simpler time.  Santa Catalina really has it all for those who want to be restored by both land and water.  Not only is the island inviting, the waters are teaming with marine life and there are shipwrecks for the more experienced divers to explore. 

Around the island one can find giant forests of kelp everywhere hiding predators such as bat and torpedo rays.  Mantis shrimp, octopus and moray eels lurk in holes among the coral or lie in wait for lunch to pass by.  Angel, horn and leopard sharks scour the area, while sea fans, kelp and coral decorate the floor.  Slower creatures, such as nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, anemones, sea urchins lie in the depths, as do the quicker moving hermit crabs, and spiny lobsters.  A beautiful cacophony of fish including the garibaldi, sheephead, colorful gobies, jack mackerel, yellowtail giant sea bass, and butterfly fish are constant company for the marine and photo enthusiast alike.  Harbor seals, which can be found in the shallower waters, meet and bid the visitor a fond adieu. 

Also check out:

  • Islands of Puerto Rico

        http://islandsofpuertorico.com/puerto-ricos-best-snorkeling-beaches/

  • The Scuba Diving Resource - https://www.scubadivingresource.com/destinations/caribbean/puerto-rico/

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Safari Tours and Travel

http://www.manadosafaris.com/bunaken/

  • Murex Dive Resorts
  • http://murexdive.com/indonesia-diving/snorkeling-bunaken-bangka/
  • Scuba Diving in Manado / Bunaken National Park, Indonesia ...
  • https://divebooker.com › Indonesia
  • Raja Manta
  • https://divebooker.com/indonesia-manado-eaz17696
  • Diving in Bunaken Island, Manado - Sulawesi, Indonesia: Lekuan ...
  • www.dive-the-world.com › Dive Destinations › Indonesia
  • Dive Resort Manado with daily dive trips to Bunaken National Marine ...
  • Dive Sites Bunaken - Two Fish Divers
  • www.twofishdivers.com/diving-manado/bunaken/dive-sites/
  • Best Diving sites in Bunaken, Manado – Indonesia Scuba dive reviews ... https://divezone.net › Destinations › Indonesia › Bunaken, Manado

Laughing Bird Caye
One of the most beautiful of the Islands in Belize, this Isle is located 11 miles off short from Southern Belize and is one of the most ideal places for scuba diving and snorkeling.  The island gets its name from the laughing gulls, which inhabit the island.  Another aquatic paradise, the waters are home to sea turtles, sting rays, eel, grouper, parrot fish  lobsters, crabs and barracudas.  Between the marine and plant life, and the beauty of the land, this should be on the top of every snorkeler’s and diver’s list.

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Caribbean Reef Squid Sepioteuthis sepioidea, Bari Reef, Bonaire, BES Islands. By Betty Wills - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44669283

Curaçao Hotels 4.5-5

  • Baoase Luxury Resort – 5
  • Bayside Boutique Hotel – 4.5/5
  • The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort – 4.5/5
  • ‪Curacao Suites Hotel – 4.5/5
  • ‪Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao – 4.5/5
  • BijBlauw – 4.5/5
  • Scuba Lodge & Suites – 4.5/5
  • Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao - 4.5/5
  • Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Curacao Suites Hotel – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147277-Curacao-Hotels.html

A typical underwater landscape of Baa atoll, with a hawksbill turtle and a Maldivian clownfish. By Ahmed Abdul Rahman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34663851

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Although Mabul is very small compared to others mentioned on this page, it is known as one of the premier diving sites in the world because of its unique and interesting marine life.  Paradise 1 and 2 are very popular among the tour companies along with the other dive sites of Eel Garden, Lobster Wall, Nudibranch Center, Panglima Reef, Gurnard Point, and Ray Point, but the Paradise sites are by far the best.  On a dive one can expect to see plenty of marine life including gobies, octopi shrimp, eels, lobsters, rays, cuddlefish, nudibranchs, coral and plenty of other small, unique sea creatures that call this home.

Bull Shark (Palau) By Albert Kok - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2831750

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Big Island Divers - https://bigislanddivers.com
  • Jack's Diving Locker - https://www.jacksdivinglocker.com
  • Kona Honu Divers - https://www.konahonudivers.com
  • Jack's Diving Locker (Harbor Shop) - https://www.jacksdivinglocker.com
  • Kohala Divers Ltd - http://www.kohaladivers.com
  • Kona Diving Company
  • http://www.konadivingcompany.com
  • Boss Frog's Snorkel, Bike & Beach Rentals
  • Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii - https://www.mantaraydiveshawaii.com
  • Pacific Rim Divers Ltd - http://www.pacificrimdivers.com
  • Nautilus Dive Center Inc - http://www.nautilusdivehilo.com/site2/
  • TripAdvisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductDetail?product=5137_Hawaii Snorkeling - W0033&d=109549&aidSuffix=tvrm&partner=Viator
  • http://www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com
  • Oahu Snorkeling Tours – Hanauma Bay Snorkel Fun  http://www.hanaumabaysnorkelfun.com/main_page.html?gclid=CPyVjMyAi9MCFQodaQodSZkLJA
  • Hawaii Snorkeling - http://www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com/oahu_snorkel_tours.html
  • ​Fairwinds Big Island Ocean Guides - https://www.fair-wind.com/kona-snorkel-tours/?gclid=CPbQpL_y7dICFdW2wAod4xoHZg 
  • Coral Reed Snorkel Adventures ​- http://www.coralreefsnorkeladventures.com/?st-t=adwords&vt-k=%2Bsnorkeling%20%2Btours%20%2Bbig%20%2Bisland&vt-mt=b&vt-ap=1t2&gclid=CO2xzfzy7dICFYaDaQodcx0Ang 
  • ​Adventure Maui – Molokini Snorkel Tours http://adventuremaui.com/molokini_snorkel.htm?gclid=CMrmwIn-itMCFVCAaQod8UwDQw
  • ​Hawaii Scuba Diving - 100% Best Price Guarantee - liveaboard.com‎
  • Two-Tank Scuba Dive Off the Big Island - Big Island of Hawaii‎
  • Hawaii Scuba Diving Big - Island Dives - Tom Barefoot's Tour
  • Diving in Hawaii | PADI
  • Kona Honu Divers: Manta Ray Dive Kona - Kona Diving
  • Best Scuba Diving in Hawaii - Meet the Islands' Unique Marine Life ...
  • www.aloha-hawaii.com/things-to-do/activities/scuba-diving/
  • ​Snorkeling and Diving Packages - Maui:
  • Dive Maui - goscubadivemaui.com‎
  • Maui Dreams Dive Co. - Diving - mauidreamsdiveco.com‎
  • Lahaina Divers: Scuba Dive Lanai, Molokini, Molokai, and Maui
  • Maui Dreams Dive Co: Scuba diving guides, training, sales, service ...www.mauidreamsdiveco.com/
  • Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures – Maui Diving & Snorkel Adventures
  • Maui Scuba Diving - Mike Severns Diving - An Incredible Experience ... - www.mikesevernsdiving.com/
  • Maui Diving Scuba Center Snorkel Shop - http://www.mauidiving.com
  • Maui Snorkel Molokini - Make Your Vacation Better – Adventure Maui ‎ - www.adventuremaui.com/‎
  • Wakatobi Dive Resort - www.wakatobi.com/Snorkeling‎
  • Maui Snorkel Molokini - Make Your Vacation Better - adventuremaui.com‎ - www.adventuremaui.com/‎javascript:void(0)
  • Maui Snorkeling Tours - Explore Hawaii - mauiactivities.com‎
  • Snorkeling In Maui - FourWindsMaui.com‎​
  • Best Scuba Dive Shop On Oahu - Experience The Best of Nature‎
  • Hawaii Snorkeling Tours Oahu - Book 5-star Oahu Snorkel Tours‎
  • Oahu Dolphin Swim - Make Your Vacation Better.‎
  • Snorkel Oahu - Oahu Snorkeling Tours - Best Oahu Snorkeling Spots https://www.tombarefoot.com/things-to-do-in-   hawaii/island.../oahu/3/snorkeling.../1/
  • Hanauma Bay Snorkel Adventures - Affordable Tours

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Also Check Out:

  • Maui Snorkeling Secrets! The Complete Guide to Snorkeling in Maui www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com/maui_snorkeling.html
  • Maui Snorkel Tours (Kihei, HI): Top Tips Before You Go - TripAdvisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com › ... › Hawaii (HI) › Maui › Kihei › Things to Do in Kihei
  • Maui Snorkel Map - Favorite Maui beaches for snorkeling.www.maui-vacation.net/snorkelmap.html
  • Hawaii Weather Today » Hawaii Snorkel and Scuba Diving Report www.hawaiiweathertoday.com/dive-and-snorkel/
  • Maui Snorkeling by Boss Frog's | Snorkel Report - Maui Snorkeling by ... mauisnorkeling.net/snorkel-report/
  • Weather - Maui Dreams Dive Co www.mauidreamsdiveco.com › Resources
  • Maui snorkel - Best Snorkeling Spots - Snorkeling Tour Optionshttps://www.tombarefoot.com/things-to-do-in-    hawaii/island.../maui/2/snorkeling.../1/​
  • Recommended Maui Snorkeling Spots - By Experienced Snorkelers - www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/maui-snorkeling.html
  • Best Places For Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Hawaii |
  • GoHawaii.com https://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/guidebook/underwater-world-of-hawaii/
  • 5 Best Dive Sites of Hawaii - Leisure Pro
  • Big Island Divers' Top Must-Dives - Islands
  • Best Places For Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Hawaii | GoHawaii.com
  • ​Oahu Snorkeling Secrets! The Complete Guide to Snorkeling Oahu! www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com/oahu_snorkeling.html
  • Oʻahu Beaches | Hawaii Beach Safety - hawaiibeachsafety.com/oahu
  • ​Independent Travel Cats – Savvy Travel Advice http://independenttravelcats.com/2013/09/23/big-island-snorkeling-guide-snorkeling-big-island-hawaii/

 Blue ribbon Eel fish on Pom Pom Island, Celebes resort, Sabah (Borneo) By Profmauri - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18006572

Stingray City and Pat’s Wall, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Scott's Head Village, taken from Scott's Head (Dominica) - By Aneil Lutchman - https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneil4lom/22760536687/in/dateposted-public/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45245518

Scorpionfish stare (Borneo) - By Nhobgood - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5615148

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Aerial view of Port Vila - By Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand - Central Port Vila, Vanuatu, 29 Nov. 2006, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3165511

HMS Thistlegorm, Ras Mohammed — Egypt, Red Sea

Scuba Diving in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - By Summitandbeach - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42295587

Rurutu and Huahine, French Polynesia

Something Special — Bonaire

Two snorkelers swimming with a Green sea turtle in Kahaluu Beach Park - By Vlad & Marina Butsky - http://www.flickr.com/photos/butsky/357944052/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10530129

​Panoramic view of the Islands of St. Thomas, (C) Sunil Pereira - By Sunil Pereira - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30493259​

Sciaena umbra (Spain) By SUBnormali Team The original uploader was Yoruno at Italian Wikipedia - Transferred from it.wikipedia to Commons by Dryke using CommonsHelper.(Original text: subnormali-team.blogspot.com), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4487193

South Caicos Island’s Reefs. 

(Turks and Caicos) By Dirk2112 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27892926

Travel and The

Solo Woman

A scuba diver looking at a giant clam on the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) Public Domain, https:// commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php curid=1706604

Violet sea fans in Belize - Photo by Vicki Kralapp 

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Also check out:

  • Jost Van Dyke travel guide – Wikitravel  http://wikitravel.org/en/Jost_Van_Dyke  
  • British Virgin Islands Diving Information - Scuba Diving Resource https://www.scubadivingresource.com/destinations/caribbean/british-virgin-islands/
  • ​U.S. Virgin Islands - http://www.visitusvi.com/stcroix/diving?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=scuba%20diving%20us%20virgin%20islands&utm_campaign=USVI%20Marine%20Sports
  • Jost Van Dyke Scuba (British Virgin Islands): Top Tips ... – TripAdvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g580449-d1371571-Reviews-Jost_Van_Dyke_Scuba-Jost_Van_Dyke_British_Virgin_Islands.html
  • Scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands travel guide – Wikitravel -http://wikitravel.org/en/Scuba_diving_in_the_British_Virgin_Islands
  • British Virgin Islands Weather - Bareboats BVI - http://www.bareboatsbvi.com/charter-information/bvi-weather.php

Roatan is one of the most pristine places to snorkel and dive in the Caribbean.  Part of Honduras, Roatan lies off the coast and because the island is so sparsely inhabited, the diving and snorkeling is absolutely fabulous.  One of the most spectacular dives, called Mary’s Place, is found just a few minutes off the Barefoot Diver’s shore, between Coxen Hole and French Harbor.  Mary’s Place extends deep into one of the many volcanic crevasses in the area down to about 95 feet and because of its depth, this dive is for the advanced diver only.   Within the confines of this crack, one can find the walls swarming with fish and plant life, including black and wire coral, blue barrel sponges, sea fans and turtles, silversides and gobies.

Snorkelers are in for a treat as well.  Although Mary’s place is certainly an area that is suited for scuba divers, the surrounding smaller nooks and cracks play host to a whole army of marine creatures as well.  This was a favorite of mine and I took many photos during my afternoon swim.

Papua, New Guinea Hotels 4-5

  • Grand Papua 5 Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea – 5/5
  • Airways Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea – 5/5
  • Gateway Hotel Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea – 4/5
  • Holiday Inn Port Moresby Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea - 4/5
  • Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea - 4/5
  • Gazelle International Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea - 4/5
  • Flag Bird Of Paradise Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea - 4/5
  • Lamana Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea - 4/5
  • Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea - 4/5

Diver and Napoleon fish/humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) at Blue Corner, Palau. By LuxTonnerre - Flickr: Palau_2008030818_p1020130, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24518557

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Aerial view of Corn Island By The original uploader was Oliverhenriquez at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2138799

A needlefish is being cleaned by a cleaner wrasse, Labroides phthirophagus - By Brocken Inaglory - Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3903781

Also check out:

  • Bonaire Official tourism site - http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites
  • Infobonaire (Bonaire information site, updated daily) https://www.infobonaire.com/scuba-diving/
  • Dive Buddy – (Information and discussion) http://www.divebuddy.com/divesite/4374/something-special-aka-pali-grandi-bonaire/
  • Bonaire Dutch Caribbean – Dive sites http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv04.htm
  • Top 10 Dive Sites in Bonaire | Sport Diver http://www.sportdiver.com/photos/top-10-dive-sites-bonaire#page-8
  • Bonaire Dive Sites - Bonaire Official Tourism Site
  • http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites
  • 7 'Must Dive' Sites of Bonaire - Travel – PADI  -http://www2.padi.com/blog/2015/03/24/7-must-dive-sites-of-bonaire/
  • Bonaire Dive Site Map - Dive Friends Bonaire http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/about-bonaire/dive-site-map/
  • Scuba Shore Diving Site Page for: Something Special of Bonaire -...http://www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireN/Something_Special/index.htm
  • Snorkeling - Bonaire Official Tourism Site - http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-activities-events/details/snorkeling
  • Feel Bonaire - http://www.feelbonaire.com/scuba-diving/


Tobago Cays Marine Park from the air By Igbgrant at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6434946

Calibishie, Dominica, W.I. By © Hans Hillewaert /, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=863713

Snorkelers observing fish in Cozumel, Mexico. - By Julie aka Piper from Southern Michigan, USA - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=665443

The Bimini Islands are a series of islands that lie about 50 miles from Miami, but over 100 from Nassau.  These islands include North and South Bimini and a handful of smaller islands and cays and are surrounded by an area that has it all for anyone who enjoys diving, snorkeling or photography, regardless of skill level or interest. 

When diving the many sites around Bimini, the following sites are always found at the top of the list; Rainbow and Victory Reefs, Moray and Tuna Alleys, The Road to Atlantis, Little Caverns, The Strip, Turtle Rock and the Continental Shelf.   On virtually any afternoon one can expect to encounter a smorgasbord of reef fish including Angelfish, Parrotfish, Peacock Flounder, grunts, grouper, and Trumpet fish darting in and around the exquisite colors of hard and soft corals.  Other larger inhabitants of the reef include various rays and sharks.  An observant diver can spot lobsters, octopus, crabs and eels hiding in the cracks and holes of the reefs.

Those who like to dive shipwrecks are in for a treat in Bimini as the area is filled with carcasses of old ships sunk during the 19th and 20th century, but mostly from the later part of the 1900’s. The Sapona, also known as a Liberty ship, and The Bimini Barge, are just two of the sites one can expect to find in the waters around Bimini that will provide the shipwreck diver a one in a lifetime thrill.

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Vanuatu is a system of 83 islands, perfect for divers and snorkelers alike.  Found in the South Pacific, it is home to the SS President Coolidge at Espiritu Santo, the Star of Russia at Port Vila and Million Dollar Point at Espiritu Santo along with a whole host of fishes and marine life.  Of these three wrecks, the SS President Coolidge is by far the most captivating and famous.  The Coolidge and the Star of Russia are shipwrecks, but Million Dollar Point is an area of collected wreckage from WWII that is perfect for the curious.  All three sites are home to corals, reef fish, barracuda eels and turtles.  If you are a wreck diver, this is one place that will provide many days of interesting dives!

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Fish in corals, Culebra Puerto Rico By Thomas Shahan - Flickr https://flic.kr/p/BsDUss, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46926277

Rurutu and Huahine, French Polynesia Hotels 4.5-5

  • ​Camping Hiva Plage - 5
  • Family Hotel Fare Vai Nui (Uturoa) - 5
  • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (Bora Bora) - 5
  • Tifaifai et Cafe - 5
  • ​​Le Manotel (Rurutu) - 4.5/5
  • Pension Teautamatea (Rurutu) - 4.5/5
  • Hotel Atiapiti (Opoa) - 4.5/5
  • Maitai Lapita Village Huahine - 4.5/5
  • Bora La Perle de Tahaa (Tahaa) - 4.5/5
  • Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa(Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui(Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • Sunset Hill Lodge (Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • InterContinental Bora Bora  - 4.5/5
  • Le Moana Resort(Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island (Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort (Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • Le Meridien Bora Bora(Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa(Bora Bora) - 4.5/5
  • Pension Fare Ara - 4.5/5
  • La Perle de Tahaa (Tahaa) - 4.5/5

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g609154-Rurutu_Austral_Islands-Hotels.html

​​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294338-French_Polynesia-Hotels.html

Champagne Reef, Dominica 4 ½ - 5 star Hotels and Resort Ratings

Trip Advisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g147282-d2178329-Champagne_Beach-Roseau_Saint_George_Parish_Dominica-Hotel-Deals.html  

  • Casa Phillipe (5)
  • Secret Bay(Portsmouth) (5)
  • Narakiel's Inn (4 ½) 
  • La Bou Country Cottage (Soufriere) (4 ½) 
  • Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments (Mero) (4 ½) 
  • Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge (Rosalie) (4 ½) 
  • Rosalie Bay Resort (Rosalie) (4 ½) 
  • Sea Breeze Inn (Castle Bruce) (4 ½) 
  • Sunrise Farm Cottages (Castle Bruce) (4 ½) 
  • Roots Jungle Retreat (Marigot) (4 ½) 
  • Hibiscus Valley Inn (Marigot) (4 ½) 
  • Serenity Lodges Dominica (Marigot) (4 ½)  
  • Coffeeriver Cottages (Marigot) (4 ½)  
  • Classique International (Marigot) (4 ½)  ​
  • Hotels.com
  • Travelocity.com
  • Trivago.com
  • Vacation.hotwire.com
  • Orbitz.com

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Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Panorama (Of Jost Van Dyke) - Door Legis auf English Wikipedia - Legis, Publiek domein, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4144589

Acropolis — Queensland, Australia Hotels: 4.5-5

  • Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments - 5
  • ‪Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort - 5
  • Tyrconnel Historic Goldmine - 5
  • Tropical Heritage Cairns – 4.5/5
  • Reef Palms – 4.5/5
  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino – 4.5/5
  • Coral Towers Holiday Suites – 4.5/5
  • Cannon Park Motel – 4.5/5
  • Cairns City Palms – 4.5/5
  • Comfort Inn Cairns City – 4.5/5
  • Cairns Aquarius – 4.5/5
  • Waterfront Terraces – 4.5/5
  • Mid City Luxury Suites – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g255069-Cairns_Cairns_Region_Queensland-Hotels.html

Aerial view of Hanauma Bay - By ErgoSum88 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3542464

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Dolphins at AKR ( Roatan) By Roatanavi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23252299

Come see the world with me,
footloose and fancy free!

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Dive Tahiti Blue - http://divetahitiblue.com/islands/huahine.htm
  • Mahana Dive Plongee, Scuba Diving, Snorkling in Huahine - http://mahanadive.com/en/
  • French Polynesia Master, Polynesia - http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/polynesia/french-polynesia-master
  • Pacific Blue Adventure V4
  • RURUTU - Whale Watching Expedition - Tahiti Travel Connection http://www.tahititravel.com.au/rurutu-whale-watching-expedition
  • Dive Quest – https://www.divequest-diving-holidays.co.uk/French-Polynesia-  Rurutu-Austral-Islands-Dive-Holidays-Liveaboards
  • Snorkeling Excursions - To The Best Snorkeling Sites‎ - https://www.oceanicsociety.org/expeditions/type/designed-for-snorkelers?gclid=CNqpp7qgkNMCFQsKaQodC-sLMQ
  • FRENCH POLYNESIA MASTER
  • AQUA TIKI II​ - https://diviac.com/liveaboard/french-polynesia/aqua-tiki-ii/

In Australia, back in 1988, when I was in Queensland, I decided that being in that area meant a obligatory trip out to the Outer Reef to see Australia’s beloved Great Barrier Reef.   We set out from Port Douglas on the Quicksilver for the journey.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t yet savvy with oceans, and being another rough day I quickly became seasick.  They put out quite a spread, and even though I downed ice chips and ginger tablets, I was forced to pass on lunch, (which included some of my favorite seafood by the way) and was forced to lie down until it passed.  After a while, I was able to go aboard a submarine and view the marine life through portholes in its sides.  I remember a couple of small squids shooting by my window and a giant clam on the floor of the ocean.  I pushed through the rest of the seasickness I was then experiencing to have ½ hour of wonderful snorkeling off the side of the ship’s platform.  That was it and I was hooked!  Now, I know better and modern medicine has caught up with those of us with squeamish stomachs with the seasick patch.  The last trip that I took was seasick free.

The second time that I went snorkeling was many years later off the Dominican Republic in Punta Cana.  It was another adventure that I would never care to repeat.  We were taken by boat out to some areas good for both snorkeling and diving, and left us off for about 45 minutes.  Time slipped away from me as I was mesmerized by the marine life and the ocean itself and as I was the only one snorkeling, I decided that it was time to get back on board.  I lifted my head up and to my surprise, I was quite a distance from the boat.  The water was choppy with winds stirring up swells and I began to panic, as I could not keep my head above water.   I began to yell for help.  Finally, what seemed like an eternity, (and was in all probability a few minutes) I was thrown a line from the boat and was pulled aboard.  I was told to lie down to get my wind back.  But after lunch, I was back at it nearer to shore, only this time with a vest on.  I learned that no matter how good of a swimmer you are when in new waters, always wear a safety vest!  I have never gone without one since.

 

Two manta rays feeding at night (Hawaii) By Paul Hirst - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1007779

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Mary's Place - Honduras Travel - http://sidewalkmystic.com/Roatan-Diving-Mary%27s-Place.htm
  • Black Pearl Divers - http://www.blackpearldivers.com/diving/roatanshoreexcursions/?gclid=CNPtkKThkNMCFci2wAodnNADeg
  • Dive Shop Located in West End‎ - http://roatansplashinn.com/en/dive/?gclid=CISigubhkNMCFQ6paQodjEUGMA
  • West Bay Divers http://www.westbaydivers.com/diving/dive-sites/
  • Sport Diver http://www.sportdiver.com/destinations/honduras/honduras-12-best-dive-sitesThe Best Dive Sites in Roatan • Scuba Diver Life http://scubadiverlife.com/the-best-dive-sites-in-roatan/

Gran Cenote — Riviera Maya, Mexico Hotels 4.5-5 (And many more!)

  • Posada Luna del Sur - 5
  • Rosewood Mayakoba - 5
  • El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel - 5
  • Alaya Tulum - 5
  • Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - 5
  • Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum - 5
  • Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel - 5
  • Casa Malca - 5
  • Azura Boutique Hotel - 5
  • Teetotum Hotel - 5
  • The Royal Playa del Carmen – 4.5/5
  • ‪Gran Porto Resort – 4.5/5
  • La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik – 4.5/5
  • Hotel Casa Ticul – 4.5/5
  • ‪Aventura Mexicana – 4.5/5
  • Be Playa Hotel – 4.5/5
  • ‪Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun
  • Soho Playa Hotel – 4.5/5
  • Acanto Boutique Hotel and Condominiums Playa
  • del Carmen Mexico – 4.5/5
  • Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla – 4.5/5
  • Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – 4.5/5
  • ‪Excellence Riviera Cancun – 4.5/5
  • La Tortuga Hotel & Spa – 4.5/5
  • Excel Sense Playacar Boutique Hotel – 4.5/5
  • Fairmont Mayakoba – 4.5/5
  • Mahekal Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Hotel Riu Palace Mexico – 4.5/5
  • Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun – 4.5/5
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya – 4.5/5
  • Royal Hideaway Playacar – 4.5/5
  • Petit Lafitte – 4.5/5
  • Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen – 4.5/5
  • ‪Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun‪ – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g659488-Riviera_Maya_Yucatan_Peninsula-Hotels.html

Hypselodoris bullocki off Sipadan. (Borneo)By Jens Petersen - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1536811

Shooting underwater video on scuba (New Guinea) - By Jenny from Taipei - Jenny& Anemone& video, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22478584

Table coral - By Yumi Yasutake, NOAA - http://www.hawaiianatolls. org/research/Sept_Oct2007/FFS.php, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4209726

Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos hotels 4.5-5

  • Oceanfront Cottages As Seen On House Hunters Inter - 5
  • Pirates Hideaway Guest House on Salt Cay - 5
  • Castaway, Salt Cay - 5
  • ZaZen Villa - Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos - 5
  • The Last Resort - 5
  • Tradewind Guest Suites on Salt Cay - 4.5/5
  • The Regent Grand (Providenciales) - 5/5
  • The Oasis at Grace Bay (Providenciales) - 5/5
  • The Venetian on Grace Bay(Providenciales) - 5/5
  • GrandView on Grace Bay (Providenciales) - 5/5
  • The Tuscany Providenciales) - 5/5
  • Seven Stars Resort & Spa (Providenciales) - 5/5
  • Inn at Grace Bay (Providenciales) - 5/5
  • Grand Turk Inn (Cockburn Town) - 5/5
  • Sailrock Resort (South Caicos) - 5/5
  • Blue Horizon Resort (Middle Caicos) - 5/5
  • The Meridian Club Turks & Caicos (Pine Cay) - 5/5
  • Grace Bay Club (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Le Vele Resort (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Blue Haven Resort (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • The Atrium Resort (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Caribbean Paradise Inn (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Villa del Mar (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Ocean Club Resort (Providenciales) - 4.5/5
  • Tradewind Guest Suites on Salt Cay - 4.5/5
  • Bohio Dive Resort (Cockburn Town) - 4.5/5
  • Salt Raker Inn (Cockburn Town) - 4.5/5
  • Turks Head Inne (Cockburn Town) - 4.5/5
  • Hollywood Beach Suites Turks and Caicos - North Caicos) - 4.5/5
  • East Bay Resort (South Caicos) - 4.5/5
  • The Shore Club (Long Bay Beach) - 4.5/5
  • Pelican Beach Hotel (Whitby) - 4.5/5
  • Osprey Beach Hotel (Grand Turk) - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g656910-Salt_Cay_Turks_and_Caicos-Hotels.html

This is a country that I have gushed about before.  Belize has one of the best reefs in the world, next to the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia, unfortunately becoming the top as the Land Down Under is quickly losing its reef to global warming and bleaching...As I have already stated, I have been fortunate to have snorkeling in Belize, but unfortunately it was far too short for my taste, only wetting my appetite for more. The thing that I remember mostly about my snorkeling adventure was the brilliant color of all the marine life: the coral, the purple sea fans, innumerable reef fish and the relative ease of snorkeling because of the relatively even lay of the ocean floor.  The Belize Reef is about 185 miles long with more than 400 islands and is the second largest in the world.

Laughing Bird Caye is a snorkeler’s heaven, according to most people who have been there.  (And I wholeheartedly agree!)  The Caye can be found about 11 miles from Placencia Village and located in the south part of Belize. Along with being a perfect snorkel spot, it is a paradise for the serious diver as well.  Some of the best places to snorkel or dive around Placencia include; Gladden Spit Marine Reserve, Silk Cayes Canyon, Laru Beya, Placencia Outer Reef, and the world famous Blue Hole.

The laughing gulls, which give the caye its name, visit the island once and year to mate. They share the surrounding waters with a spectrum of reef fish including trumpet fish, barracuda, angelfish, blue tangs and sergeant majors, the larger stingrays, manatee and dolphin.  These marine fish and animals find food and shelter among the various corals, including elkhorn and staghorn and provide refuge for other crustaceans that roam the sea floor
 
One of the reasons why this area has remained so pristine is that it was declared a protected area 1981 and on 1996 it was placed on the World Heritage list with Laughing Bird Caye National Park as the primary site.

Panorama of Hapuna Beach, island of Hawaii. - By Footwarrior - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26548044

Anemones, Catalina Island, By The original uploader was Aquaimages at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1997380

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The titan triggerfish, Fihalhohi, Maldives - By Photographed by Jan Derk - Photographed by Jan Derk, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=696692

Laughing Bird Caye, Belize. By satanoid - http://www.flickr.com/photos/satanoid/5857668583/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24956159

The Sisters — Tobago

The Medes Islands seen from the Montgrí Massif. By Vincent van Zeijst - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19223212

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Kimbe Bay Liveaboards ‎ http://www.liveaboard.com/diving/papua-new-guinea/kimbe-bay?tag=160793824781&gclid=CKi0yNDvitMCFQcJaQodofcCUA
  • Dive Adventures
  • Walindi Plantation Resort  http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/west-new-britain-province/kimbe-bay/guest-house-and-hosted/x,1,2389/walindi-plantation-resort.html
  • Walindi FeBrina - http://www.walindifebrina.com
  • Dive Worldwide http://www.diveworldwide.com/locations/new-britain-kimbe-bay
  • PNG Value Tours http://pngvaluetours.com/?gclid=CMbJ9o_yitMCFcq2wAodUZMEiQ

If I had only known of the beauty beneath the waves surrounding French Polynesia, I would have taken more advantage of snorkeling and exploring the waters surrounding the island. In 1988 I visited Papeete and Moorea for five days and found the beauty of Moorea to be enchanting in spite of my circumstances.  The island is surrounded by a coral reef, which allowed me to walk and swim out to enjoy the beautiful waters and some of the creatures that ventured within.  Although my timing was off to witness the humpback annual migration and the birthing of the new generation (July through October), I did enjoy the pristine clear waters and the warmth of the beach. 

Rurutu, another of the Polynesian Islands, is well known as the Island of Whales, also attracts whales that mate, then give birth within the protection of the surrounding coral reef.  Because of the amazing clarity of the surrounding water, it is a paradise for underwater photographers and divers wishing to get a close up view.

Acanthemblemaria spinosa (Spiny Headed Blenny)By Nhobgood - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11543712

Diving the Thistlegorm By Asser Salama - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7710239

Part of the seascape in Belize - Photo by Vicki Kralapp 

L'Estartit, Costa Brava, Spain

Tobago  Hotels 3.5-4

  • Coco Reef Tobago 4/5
  • Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort 4/5
  • Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort - 3.5/5
  • Blue Haven Hotel - 3.5/5
  • ‪Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort  - 3.5/5
  • Mount Irvine Bay Resort - 3.5/5
  • Crown Point Beach Hotel - 3.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147392-Tobago_Trinidad_and_Tobago-Hotels.html​​



Along with Belize, this country is on the top of my bucket list.​  Menjangan is a snorkel and diving paradise for both the beginning and advanced adventurer.  It’s clear, calm waters and abundant fishes have led Discovery Channel to rate it the third in the world for snorkeling.  However, the 30 to 60 meter drops along the wall, with its abundant sea life and coral, allow those who are looking for a beautiful, yet challenging wall dive as well.  Here, because the water is so crystal clear and the deep dives so inviting, you will have to watch out for decompression sickness. Just take it easy and do not travel for 24 as recommended.   The best beaches to snorkel from in Bali are Padangbai (East Bali), Nusa Lembongan (Nusa Islands), Menjangan Island and Pemuteran (North Bali) , Nusa Dua (Nusa Dua), and  Amed and Tulamben (East Bali).

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Blue and yellow fish at Blue Corner, Palau By LuxTonnerre - Flickr: Palau_2008030818_p1020147, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24518300

President Coolidge — Vanuatu 

Also check out:

  • Diving Roatan Mary's Place – YouTube
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0rwSgdAi-o
  • Best Roatan Diving Locations | Sport Diver
  • http://www.sportdiver.com/keywords/sport-diver-honduras/roatan-where-to-dive
  • Trip Advisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g292019-d1936979-r125592859-Barefoot_Divers-Roatan_Bay_Islands.html
  • Scuba Diving in Mary's Place, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras - Dive
  • https://divebooker.com/marys-place-baz13517
  • Great shop to dive Mary's Place with - Review of Barefoot Divers ... https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g292019-d1936979-r125592859-Barefoot_Divers-Roatan_Bay_Islands.html
  • Roatan Dive Site Map | West End Divers | Caribbean Scuba Diving

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Diving the Cayman Islands - https://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/cayman-islands
  • Living the Dream Divers - https://www.livingthedreamdivers.com
  • ​Dan Foster's Dive Caymans - http://www.donfosters.com
  • Dive Tech Grand Cayman​ - https://www.divetech.com
  • ​DNS Diving Grand Cayman - http://dnsdiving.com
  • ​Deep Blue Divers - http://www.deepbluediverscayman.com
  • Dive Cayman Islands - http://www.caymanislands.ky/divecayman/home.aspx
  • Scuba Diving - http://www.scubadiving.com/cayman-islands
  • Viator - https://www.viator.com/Cayman-Islands-tours/Snorkeling/d31-g17-c58?pref=02
  • Grand Cayman Tours - TripAdvisor
  • Cayman Private Snorkeling Tours with Living the Dream Divers - https://www.livingthedreamdivers.com/private-snorkel-tours
  • Captain Marvins | Stingray City Operator - https://www.captainmarvins.com

Paradise 1 — Mabul, Borneo, Malaysia

Snorkeling in Belize

Kralapp Archives

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Jost Van Dyke Snorkeling | Caribya! - http://caribya.com/jost.van.dyke/ snorkeling/
  • Jost Van Dyke Scuba – British Virgin Islands http://jostvandykescuba.com
  • Jost Boat: Virgin Islands Snorkeling Charters and Island Tours -  http://www.jostboatvirginislands.com  
  • Diving in Jost Van Dyke - Divescover http://divescover.com/diving/british-virgin-islands/jost-van-dyke  
  • Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI Eco Tours, Belle Vue, British Virgin ... https://divebooker.com/british-virgin-islands-belle-vue-jost-van-dyke-scuba-bvi-eco-tours-caz14346
  • The BVI's Best Scuba Diving, Rentals, Snorkeling and Eco-Tours - http://bvi-ecotours.com
  • BVI Scuba Company - http://www.bviscubaco.com/find_us.shtml
  • Scuba Diving Liveaboard - British Virgin Islands‎ https://allstarliveaboards.com/cuanlaw/?gclid=CMagocmbjtMCFYm6wAod-iAD9w
  • Jost Boat - Virgin Islands Tours - http://www.jostboatvirginislands.com
  • Foxy's, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands  - http://www.b-v-i.com/JostVanDyke/

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Diving and Snorkeling | The official website of Tourism Fiji
  • Snorkel in Beautiful Fiji - Guided trips. Marine Biologist‎ http://www.snorkelinginfiji.com/?gclid=CI63gPS4idMCFVOewAod_0oKCQ
  • Home | Fiji Scuba Diving with Subsurface Fiji PADI 5 Star Dive Company

        http://fijidiving.com

  • Liveaboards in Fiji – https://diviac.com/liveaboard-diving/fiji/?nst=0&gclid=CLHn5Yu7idMCFQINaQodEqMGmA&gclsrc=aw.ds

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Aggressor - http://www.aggressor.com/bahamas.php?gclid=CI6Wr5PkiNMCFQQKaQodAmAJYA
  • ​Bimini Scuba Center - http://www.biminiscubacenter.com
  • Neal Watson Bimini Scuba Center - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147426-d3825795-Reviews-Neal_Watson_Bimini_Scuba_Center-Bimini_Out_Islands_Bahamas.html
  • ​Wild Dolphin Excursion - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147426-d149428-Reviews-Wild_Dolphin_Excursion-Bimini_Out_Islands_Bahamas.html
  • ​Bimini Boat Charters and Adventures - http://www.biminiadventures.com
  • ​Resorts World Bimini - http://www.rwbimini.com/bimini-superfast/water-activities/sapona-shipwreck-snorkeling-excursion

Scuba Diving in cenotes - By Ggerdel - Buceador y camarógrafo:

Gustavo Gerdel - BAB Buceo, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51424488

Emma Reef — Kimbe Bay, Papua, New Guinea Hotels 2.5-4.5

  • ​Walindi Plantation Resort 4.5/5
  • Liamo Reef Resort 4/5
  • Kimbe Bay Hotel 2.5/5

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1647514-Kimbe_New_Britain_Island_Islands_Region-Hotels.html

Acropolis — Queensland, Australia


Hanifaru Bay — Baa, Maldives

Something Special Bonaire truly lives up to its name.  Diving the pristine waters will surely be available for generations to come as the waters around Bonaire have been labeled an official marine park. This park encompasses the whole island with over 5000 acres of tropical paradise.  Bonaire’s marine paradise also has one of the most diverse marine populations in the world and an observant diver may identify up to 100 species in one dive.  Among others, a diver or snorkeler may see plenty of tangs and damselfish, angel and butterfly fish, along with grunts, snapper, jacks, eels, stingray and barracuda.  Occasionally the adventurist may find nurse sharks, tarpon, seahorses and dolphin, and nestled on the bottom all kinds of rays, anemones and coral.  Not surprisingly, Something Special Bonaire and the rest of the reef is a photographer’s paradise and something the avid diver or snorkeler must put at the top of their bucket list! 

White Bay im Südwesten der Inse Von Cemerp - (Jost Van Dyke) Eigenes Werk, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4605991

Part of the underworld beauty that is The Grand Caymans - Photo by Vicki Kralapp

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico hotels 4.5-5

  • ​Casa Resaca - 5
  • Island Charm Studios & Suites - Sea Turtle Studio
  • Fully Equipped villa for 4 guests with a Bay view
  • Club Seabourne - 4.5/5
  • Hostal Casa Culebra - 4.5/5
  • Casita Tropical - 4.5/5
  • Bravo Beach Hotel - 4.5/5
  • ‪El Blok Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Hacienda Tamarindo - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g580453-Culebra_Puerto_Rico-Hotels.html


President Coolidge — Vanuatu 4.5/5 Ratings

  • Barrier Beach House – 5
  • Paradise Cove Resort – 5
  • Eratap Beach Resort – 5
  • The Havannah, Vanuatu – 5
  • Moyyan House by the Sea – 5
  • Aquana Beach Resort – 5
  • Ripples on the Bay – 5
  • Sunrise Beach Cabanas Eco-Resort – 5
  • Iririki Island Resort & Spa - 4.5/5
  • Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu - 4.5/5
  • Nasama Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪Fatumaru Lodge - 4.5/5
  • Traveller's Budget Motel - 4.5/5
  • Ratua Private Island - 4.5/5
  • Sunset Bungalows Resort - 4.5/5
  • Hideaway Island Resort - 4.5/5
  • Village de Santo Resort - 4.5/5
  • White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa - 4.5/5
  • Aore Island Resort - 4.5/5
  • Mangoes Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu - 4.5/5
  • Pacific Lagoon Apartments - 4.5/5
  • Bokissa Private Island Resort - 4.5/5
  • Island Magic Resort - 4.5/5
  • The Terraces Boutique Apartments - 4.5/5
  • CoCo Beach Resort - 4.5/5
  • Cocomo Resort - 4.5/5
  • Lope Lope Lodge
  • Poppy's on the Lagoon - 4.5/5
  • Tranquillity Island Resort & Dive Base - 4.5/5
  • Benjor Beach Club - 4.5/5
  • Angelfish Cove Villas - 4.5/5
  • ‪The Espiritu - 4.5/5
  • Beachfront Resort - 4.5/5
  • Vila Chaumieres - 4.5/5
  • Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort - 4.5/5
  • Coral Motel & Apartments - 4.5/5
  • Quest Apartments - 4.5/5
  • Reef Resort - 4.5/5
  • Crystal Palace Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Tamanu on the Beach - 4.5/5
  • Ramada Resort Port Vila - 4.5/5
  • Erakor Island Resort & Spa - 4.5/5
  • The Sportsmens Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Laguna Vista - 4.5/5
  • Migotty Motel - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294143-Vanuatu-Hotels.html

​The Great Barrier Reef, or GBR as locals call it, covers more than 134,000 square miles off the east coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest living organism in the world.  Recently, because of global warming and bleaching, the corals have taken a hit, but the science world is working hard to help restore it.  While snorkeling or diving one might find several types of turtles, snakes and corals, giant clams and the more than 1,500 types of fish that live within its shelter.  Some of the other marine animals that can be encountered while snorkeling include the dugong, eels, manta rays and plenty of sharks.  Beware of the jellies in the Queensland area during certain seasons, as they can be deadly, especially the Box Jellies.  However, there are certainly others that you need to beware of as well. A few include the Blue Ringed Octopus, sea snake, Rockfish, Portuguese Man of war and Blue Bottle Jellies.  The GBR is the only living organism that can be seen from space and because it is so huge, each area of the reef will provide a different experience for the diver and snorkeler, with unique marine life and ocean bottom to explore. I have ridden a horse in the surf off Cape Tribulation and snorkeled the coast of Queensland near Port Douglas, with the Quicksilver and both have been exhilarating experiences, neither of which I will forget.

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Also check out:

  • The Scuba Diving Resource - https://www.scubadivingresource.com/destinations/central-south-america/belize/
  • Scubadiving Belize - Planning Your Trip

        http://www.scubadivingbelize.com/index.php?page=planning-your-trip

  • DIVE BELIZE, The Great Blue Hole, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Diving in ... https://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/greatbluehole.html
  • General Information about Diving on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Diving in ...

        https://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/diveinfo.html

  • Top 10 Reasons You'll Love Belize for Scuba Diving | Photo Gallery

        http://www.scubadiving.com/travel/caribbean-atlantic/top-ten-reasons-youll-love-belize

  • Belize World Class Diving, Turneffe Atoll – YouTube

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjy-A6upwI

  • Best Belize Snorkeling – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPYkMJIoA8U

Also check out:

  • Dive directory - http://www.divesitedirectory.co.uk/malaysia_borneo_sipadan.html
  • Weather conditions - https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g303996-i11714-k4558753-Weather_Water_Condition_in_mid_Jul-Pulau_Sipadan_Semporna_District_Sabah.html

Emma Reef — Kimbe Bay, Papua, New Guinea

Salt River Canyon, St. Croix and St. John — U.S. Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Hotels 4.5/5 Ratings

  • British Virgin Islands

  • Estate Lindholm - 5
  • Sea Shore Allure - 5
  • Grande Bay Resort - 5
  • Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel - 5
  • Hast Hill - 5
  • Sugar Mill Hotel (Tortola) - 5
  • Ke Villas (Carrot Bay) - 5
  • White Bay Villas & Seaside Cottages (Jost Van Dyke) - 5
  • Caneel Bay Resort - 4.5/5
  • Gallows Point Resort - 4.5/5
  • The Westin St. John Villas - 4.5/5
  • Coconut Coast Villas - 4.5/5
  • Concordia Eco-Resort - 4.5/5
  • Starlit Escape Villa - 4.5/5
  • Lavender Hill Suites - 4.5/5
  • Fort Recovery Beachfront Villa & Suites Hotel (Road Town) - 4.5/5
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (St. Thomas) - 4.5/5
  • Sebastian's Seaside Villas (Road Town) - 4.5/5
  • Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay (St. Thomas) - 4.5/5
  • Harbour Beach Villas (St. Thomas) - 4.5/5
  • The Sea Crest Inn (Jost Van Dyke) - 4.5/5
  • Two Sandals by the Sea Inn - Bed & Breakfast (St. Thomas) - 4.5/5
  • Paradise Cove Oceanfront Villas & Suites (St. Thomas) - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g147409-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands-Hotel-Deals.html

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Red Sea coral and marine fish - By Photo2222 at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3292512

Ras Mohammed — Egypt, Red Sea Hotels 4.5-5

  • Il Mercato Hotel & Spa - 5
  • Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Aqua Blu Sharm – 4.5/5
  • Monte Carlo Sharm Resort & Spa – 4.5/5
  • ‪SENTIDO Reef Oasis Senses Resort‪ – 4.5/5
  • Iberotel Palace – 4.5/5
  • Sunrise Diamond Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Jaz Fanara Resort & Residence – 4.5/5
  • Royal Grand Sharm Hotel – 4.5/5
  • Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach Resort – 4.5/5
  • Xperience St. George Homestay – 4.5/5
  • Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort – 4.5/5
  • Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g297552-Ras_Mohammed_Red_Sea_and_Sinai-Hotels.html

Bali, By Jun V Lao - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52835360

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

Snorkel spots

The Big Island - 

  • Anaeho'omalu ("A") Bay
  • Beach Club at Mauna Lani
  • Captain Cook Monument 
  • Hapuna Beach at the Hapuna Prince Hotel
  • ​Kahalu'u Beach Park
  • Kapoho Tide Pools 
  • Kealakekua Bay 
  • King Kamehameha (Kamakahonu) Beach
  • La’aloa Bay Beach
  • Leleiwi Beach Park
  • Pau'oa Bay at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel
  • Pau'oa (Mauna Kea) Beach
  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Richardson Beach Park
  • ​Spencer Beach Park
  • Two Steps (Honaunau)
  • ​The City of Refuge, Puuhonua O Honaunau
  • Waialea Beach (Beach 69)


Oahu - 

  • Kuilima Cove 
  • Kahe Point Beach Park 
  • Sharks Cove
  • Hanauma Bay 
  • Kaena 
  • ​Waimanolo Beach Park
  • ​Electric Beach
  • Sans Souci Beach
  • Ko Olina Lagoons


Maui - 

  • Ahihi Keanau Reserve
  • Black Rock
  • ​Coral Gardens
  • ​Honolua Bay
  • ​Kapalua Bay
  • Lana'i Island
  • La Perouse​
  • Makena Landing
  • Mokapu Beach
  • ​Molokini Crater
  • ​Napili Bays
  • Polo Beach
  • ​Turtle Town
  • Ulua​ Beach

While researching Costa Brava, I have gained a better appreciation for Spain, and the beauty of the waters surrounding it.  L'Estartit, a part of the Medes Islands ecosystem off the coast, is classified as one of the best natural reserves in the Mediterranean.  (One that I certainly plan to snorkel in years to come.) The area provides great diving and snorkeling experiences for all levels because of its varied terrain, as well as caves and tunnels for the advanced.  Some of the most notable of these include the Sardina, Vaca, and Dorf Nord caves and the Pedrosa tunnel.  Within range of the islands one can dive the Reggio Messina, a ship sunk in the later part of the 20th century.  The area is brilliantly colored with coral, seaweed and fish including mullets, sea bass, moray eels, octopus, lobster, starfish, barracuda, grouper, bream, as well as a myriad of other coral fish.  There are a number of videos on the internet that speak to the beauty of the ocean majesty of this place.

​​Champagne Reef, Dominica

Dominica is a beautiful island that has some of the worst beaches of the Caribbean.  It is all because of the volcanic activity in the area, which also is what gives the reef its name.  Located about 20 minutes from Roseau, the reef is in an area where the gas underneath the earth’s crust finds its way to the surface of the water in much the same way bubbles in a glass of champagne do.

The snorkeling and diving is top notch and among the colorful plants and coral, you can find lobsters, octopus, turtles, sergeant majors, trumpet fish, squid and seahorses and even an occasional canon.  The diving along the drop off brings countless views of fish swimming in  their coral back yards.

Blue Corner — Palau

Rurutu (French Polynesia) By Jonathan.burckel - Oma teos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5675682

Huahine (French Polynesia) By Jonathan.burckel - Oma teos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5675682


Our trip to Cancun the next year was spectacular and the snorkeling there superb beyond a doubt.  One of the best places was Casa  It was a cove that allowed fish to come in at high tide and many stayed.  This is now my happy place when I am stressed and when I close my eyes I can still see the striped Sergeant Major fish just a hand’s reach in front of me, their yellow and black bodies glinting in the sun.  As I drift off, I also remember the crunching sound of the parrotfish biting off bits of coral as I glided past and the barracuda that surprised all of us only a few yards away. 

Of all the places in the Caribbean, it would have to be a toss up between the Caymans, playing with the stingrays at Stingray City, the beautiful waters of Roatan, off of Honduras, and Belize.  But if I had to pick one, for me Belize topped them all because of its shallow waters, many places for snorkelers to spread out and the guides who were happy to take you on a private side excursion away from the madding crowd for a small tip.  I felt safe, was able to take beautiful pictures and I was able to avoid the kicking feet of the person ahead of me.  (A mistake that later in Cozumel made fast work of my underwater camera!)


I hope that this overview of some of the places around the world both educates you and encourages you to get out and see the beauty that lies beneath the waves of our planet.

A variety of colourful corals on Flynn Reef near Cairns (Australia) By Toby Hudson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11137678

Hanifaru Bay — Baa, Maldives Hotels 4.5-5

  • Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas - 5
  • Dusit Thani Maldives - 5
  • Finolhu - 5
  • Amilla Fushi - 5
  • Soneva Fushi Resort - 5
  • Anantara Kihavah Maldives - 5
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru - 5
  • Milaidhoo Island Maldives - 5
  • Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu - 4.5/5
  • Royal Island Resort & Spa - 4.5/5
  • Reethi Beach Resort - 4.5/5
  • Dhigufaru Island Resort - 4.5/5
  • Kihaad Maldives - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g298326-Baa_Atoll-Hotels.html

Garibaldi, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California. Image taken by Clark Anderson/Aquaimages.By Aquaimages at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Logan using CommonsHelper., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12854380

The Virgin Islands is the last of the areas I have to write about.  Although there are plenty of other amazing places around the world, one must stop somewhere!  St Croix, once again, has a little bit (Or a lot!) of everything for the underwater adventurer.  Located 1,100 miles southeast of Miami, St. Croix is the largest of the three US Virgin Islands and is the only place in the Caribbean that one can dive a shipwreck, a wall, a pier and a reef all in the same day. 

Marine life is everywhere in St. Croix as well as the other US Virgin Islands, with more than 500 species of fish and 40 some kinds of coral to catch the observant snorkeler and diver’s eye.  Schools of wrasses, gobies and tangs join in the undulating dance of sea life that populates this underwater landscape.  Among the many other creatures one can find hiding amidst the corals are rays and eels, turtles, octopus and lobsters.  Recommended dives include the Butler Bay Wrecks, Salt River Canyon and Buck Island Underwater National Monument.  The wrecks can be found all clumped together along St. Croix’s Northwest end with Salt River Canyon close by along its north shore whereas Buck Island Underwater National Monument is found along its western shore.

St John also has many dives that are worth seeing, but at the top of the list are Carval Rock, Eagle Shoals, found on the southeast coast, Tektite, located in Greater Lameshur Bay, Congo Cay is west of Carval Rock and Grass Cay.  Areas with sandy bottoms tend to attract stingrays and manta rays as well as sharks.  Around the massive growths of corals, one can find barracuda, parrotfish, butterfly fish several varieties of turtles, tarpon, octopus, lobsters and crabs just calling out for the underwater photographer to snap a picture.

If you are one of the fortunate ones to see one of these amazing places, take in every minute, then share your experiences with others that may not be so lucky.  I always welcome stories for my blog site and encourage the adventurer in all of you to come out and play!

Corn Islands, Nicaragua Hotels 4 - 5

  • ​Hotel Best View - 5/5
  • Sea Star Spa & Resort - 5/5
  • Aeropuerto De Corn Island, Regional Airport - 4.8/5 
  • Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa – 4.8/5
  • Sunrise Hotel – 4.7/5
  • ​Ensueños Little Corn, Nicaragua - 4.7/5
  • Arenas Beach Hotel - 4.4/5
  • La Princesa de la Isla - 4.3/5
  • Las Palmeras Beachfront Boutique Hotel – 4.2/5
  • Hotel BELLAVISTA – 4.1/5
  • Paraíso Beach Hotel – 4/5


Also check out:

  • Diving Palau - SCUBA Travel - www.scubatravel.co.uk/pacific
  • Map:Blue Corner -Splash Palau Dive Center​ https://www.splash-palau.com/eg/popup/map/BlueCorner.html
  • Diving Palau - Dive Report - www.divereport.com

View of the North Coast (Jost Van Dyke) By Photo: Henry A-W (Henry aw 23:34, 10 July 2006 (UTC)) - en:Image:Roadtown, Tortola.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1390025

St. Croix and St. John — U.S. Virgin Islands Hotels

4.5/5 Ratings

  • Estate Lindholm - 5
  • Sea Shore Allure - 5
  • Grande Bay Resort - 5
  • Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel - 5
  • Hast Hill - 5
  • Sugar Mill Hotel (Tortola) - 5
  • Ke Villas (Carrot Bay) - 5
  • Caneel Bay Resort – 4.5/5
  • Gallows Point Resort– 4.5/5
  • St. John Inn– 4.5/5
  • The Westin St. John Villas– 4.5/5
  • Coconut Coast Villas– 4.5/5
  • Concordia Eco-Resort– 4.5/5
  • Starlit Escape Villa– 4.5/5
  • Lavender Hill Suites– 4.5/5
  • Fort Recovery Beachfront Villa & Suites Hotel (Road Town) – 4.5/5
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (St. Thomas) – 4.5/5
  • Sebastian's Seaside Villas (Road Town) – 4.5/5
  • Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay  (St. Thomas) – 4.5/5
  • Harbour Beach Villas (St. Thomas) – 4.5/5
  • Two Sandals by the Sea Inn - Bed & Breakfast (St. Thomas) – 4.5/5
  • Paradise Cove Oceanfront Villas & Suites (St. Thomas) – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g147400-U_S_Virgin_Islands-Hotels.html


The lagoon triggerfish, which shares the Hawaiian name humuhumunukunukuapua'a with the reef triggerfish.(Oahu) By Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand - Reef trigger fish., CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/ index.php?curid=53170205

Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado, Raja Ampat, Blade, Southeast Sulawesi (Wakatobi), Indonesia

Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado - By Sakurai Midori - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4505454

Me in Cozumel - Kralapp Archives

A French Angelfish in Providenciales By Tim Sackton - Flickr: French Angelfish, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19892823

Typical day at Stingray Sandbar Grand Cayman - By Grahampurse - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55468876

Bunaken National Marine Park lies in Manado, Indonesia.  A vast area that is mostly water, but also includes the islands of Bunaken, Nain, Siladen, Manado, Tua and Mantehage.  The waters surrounding the islands are very deep and filled with numerous parrotfish, damsels, groupers, and butterfly fish; actually 70% of all the species found in the Indo-western Pacific.  They have found their home among the sponges and corals, and provide an exquisite dance in their pristine environment for both diver and snorkeler to enjoy, as well the perfect underwater canvas for the photographer.

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • ​Dos Tiburones Dive Shop
  • Corn Island Dive Center
  • Dolphin Dive
  • Dive Little Corn

Also check out:

  • Map of Gran Cenote Cavern Cave Riviera Maya Tulum Playa del ...http://www.grancenote.com/other_caverns.htm
  • Grand Cenote (Tulum, Mexico): Top Tips Before You Go - TripAdvisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150813-d669578-Reviews-Grand_Cenote-Tulum_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
  • Grand Cenote Diving, Tulum, Mexico - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_qzMuu8U8


‪Resorts in Belize -

  • Off The Wall Dive Center & Resort‪ (Glovers Reef Atoll)
  • ‪Hatchet Caye Resort‪ (Placencia)
  • ‪Belize Ocean Club Resort‪ (Placencia)
  • ‪Belizean Dreams‪ (Hopkins)
  • ‪Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa‪ (Hopkins)
  • ‪Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort‪ (Hopkins)
  • ‪Almond Beach Resort & Spa‪ (Hopkins)
  • ‪Xanadu Island Resort‪ (San Pedro)
  • ‪Cayo Espanto‪ (San Pedro)
  • ‪White Sands Cove Resort‪ (San Pedro)
  • ‪El Pescador Resort‪ (San Pedro)
  • ‪Las Terrazas Resort‪ (San Pedro)
  • Matachica Resort & Spa‪ (San Pedro)
  • ‪Coco Beach Resort‪ (San Pedro)

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g291959-Belize-Hotels.html


Diving and snorkel packages -

  • https://www.hatchetcaye.com/belize-scuba-diving-packages?gclid=COzFt5Lc1tICFQIaaQod6Z8JZA
  • https://www.belizeandreams.com/belize-dive-packages?gclid=CO30lb_c1tICFce2wAodkTQKBw

        https://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/belize

  • Belize Diving Resort - Hamanasi - ​http://www.hamanasi.com/belize-diving/?gclid=CPucnqbuiNMCFRW2wAodrHkMFg
  • Belize Aggressor- III

        https://diviac.com/liveaboard/belize/belize-aggressor-iii/

  • Belize Aggressor- IV

        ​https://diviac.com/liveaboard/belize/belize-aggressor-iv/

Once again, I have bitten off more than I can chew, as I have done many times in my life with this post.  It had taken me over a month of researching and getting photos of these places together for this post, so I hope that you enjoy it!


I have been fortunate to snorkel some of the best places in the world.  I was in port in Belize for only one day on my Carnival Line Cruise, but the impact of the port and the absolute beauty of it’s reef left me dreaming of more just about every night for months.  Now nearly seven years later, I am still dreaming of a return trip.  That’s how special the snorkeling in that part of the world is. 

For some of us, diving is not something that our bodies can handle and we must settle for snorkeling.   But the moment I began years ago in Australia, I was hooked.  Yes, I tried earlier in Jamaica once, but the skies were dark and the waters choppy and stirred up, so it wasn’t a fair start.

Blue Corner — Palau Hotels 4.5-5

  • Garden Palace Downtown Koror - 5
  • Mechang Lagoon Resort Palau - 5
  • Palau Pacific Resort - 4.5/5
  • Palau Plantation Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪COVE Resort Palau - 4.5/5
  • Palau Central Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Palau Paradise Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Palau Vacation Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Aliiibamou Resorts Carolines - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294135-Palau-Hotels.html

Aerial view of Waikoloa Beach and the Kuʻualiʻi and Kahapapa Fishponds - By Polihale - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7071319

Bodianus bilunulatus By NPS photo - Bill Eichenlaub - http://www. nps.gov/archive/kaho/KAHOckLs/KAHOreef/wras1a2.htm, Public

Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1345750

Found on the island of New Britain, Kimbe Bay is known world wide for its underwater show of brilliant marine life. With almost 200 reefs in and around the Bay, it is a snorkeler’s and diver’s nirvana.  The top sites include Christine’s, Susan’s, Emma’s, and Father's Reef, Kimbe Island Bommie, and the Witu Islands. However, the pride of Papau is Emma’s Reef.  Divided into North and South Emma, the reef has an incredibly diverse habitat with a cacophony of vibrant corals, hundreds of species of fish including Barracuda, Trevally, Tuna, Hammerheads and others.  Approximately seventy percent of all Indo-Pacific marine life can be found in Kimbe Bay and is known worldwide as one of the most famous underwater spots for photographers.

Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Photo By Kfulgham84 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9929374

Are You A Diving Or Snorkeling Enthusiast?

 

Diver on the "Hilma Hooker" ship wreck 

By Clark Anderson/Aquaimages - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:

6943 _aquaimages.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia. org/

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No matter where you go in Hawaii to snorkel, you can never go wrong, as it is a snorkeler lover’s paradise.  But it is best to go with a guide if it is rough or you are a novice.  Also, a lot of the really good sites are only accessible by boat or guided tour. 


Oaha

No matter where you go in Hawaii to snorkel, you can never go wrong, as it is a snorkeler lover’s paradise.  But it is best to go with a guide if it is rough or you are a novice.  Also, a lot of the really good sites are only accessible by boat or guided tour, so you will have to decide what is best for you. 

There are many sites on Oahu that one can go to but Makaha Beach Park is the place to go.  This site offers something for all skill levels.  People who go at Makaha Beach generally go there to see the turtles in their natural habitat, but one can see sergeant majors, tangs, moray eels and various types of corals as well. While snorkeling you will see the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Hawaii’s state fish), eels, as well as other sea creatures.  Although the area for snorkeling is along the mile of beach which makes up Makaha’s Beach Park, scuba divers can find challenges in the caverns that are further off in the bay.  The best time to snorkel is in the summer when the weather is calm.  Although you can stand up in the chest deep water and see the sea life circle around you, the best chance of spotting something interesting is in the deeper water along the edge of the reef.

The Big Island

Hawaii’s most popular snorkeling spot is in Kealakekua Bay, about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Kona Coast that you can only get to by boat.  This area is the home to a wide array of fish and tropical coral reef including dolphin, manta and eagle rays, parrotfish, octopi, and huge schools of yellow tangs and cowries.

Other prime snorkeling locations on the Big Island are: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kapa'a Beach Park, Puako Bay, Kiholo Bay, and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. I am heading to the Big Island in September with a friend and plan to go snorkeling with the manta rays and dolphins. However, there are so many places to snorkel on this big island that I am certain that I will come back with plenty of pictures and videos to upload to this site. 

Salt Cay is another place where there are so many varied opportunities that everyone can find something to do.  Truly one of the area’s best for diving and snorkeling, the clear waters provide a truly remarkable experience for anyone looking for underwater adventure.  Here one can find anything from sharks, manta rays and whales, to barracuda and parrotfish and sea turtles, with too many reef fish in between to mention.  Both the scuba and snorkeling are safe around these islands and with a wide range of challenging trips, no one will go home disappointed.

​​Big Island, Hawaii, USA Hotels 4.5-5 Ratings

  • ‪Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – 5
  • Kailua Village Resort – 5
  • ‪Kona Oceanfront Home‪ – 5
  • Kane Plantation Guesthouse – 5
  • Big Island Retreat – 5
  • Luana Inn - 5
  • My Hawaii Hostel – 5
  • Hawaii Forest and Trail – 5
  • Holualoa Inn – 5
  • Ohi'a Park Estate – 5
  • Hawai'i Surf and Kayak- 5
  • Island Goode's – 5
  • The Ohia House – 5
  • Hawaii Outdoor Guides – 5
  • ‪Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona – 4.5/5
  • Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort - 4.5/5
  • ‪Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona - 4.5/5
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph – 4.5/5
  • Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii – 4.5/5
  • Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel – 4.5/5
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalow – 4.5/5
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona - 4.5/5
  • Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations - 4.5/5
  • Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations - 4.5/5
  • Dolphin Bay - 4.5/5
  • The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort - 4.5/5
  • Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia - 4.5/5
  • Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort - 4.5/5
  • Pueo's Osteria - 4.5/5
  • Hapuna Beach - 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29217-Island_of_Hawaii_Hawaii-Hotels.html


Oahu, Hawaii, USA Hotels 4.5-5 Ratings

  • OAHU SURF/GOLF DREAM DEAL – 5
  • Makaha World Famous Surfing Retreat - 5
  • Beachfront Exquisite Remodel – 4.5/5
  • ‪Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club – 4.5/5
  • Turtle Bay Resort – 4.5/5
  • Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore – 4.5/5
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – 4.5/5
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu/Kapolei – 4.5/5
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – 4.5/5
  • Tropical Waters – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29222-Oahu_Hawaii-Hotels.html


Maui, Hawaii, USA Hotels 4.5/5 
​Ratings

  • Montage Kapalua Bay – 5
  • Wailea Beach Villas - 5
  • Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport  - 4.5/5
  • Maui Coast Hotel - 4.5/5
  • Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach - 4.5/5
  • Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui - 4.5/5
  • BEST WESTERN Pioneer Inn - 4.5/5
  • The Mauian Hotel on Napili Beach - 4.5/5
  • The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas - 4.5/5
  • Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers - 4.5/5
  • Hotel Wailea - 4.5/5
  • Andaz Maui At Wailea - 4.5/5
  • Aston Mahana at Kaanapali - 4.5/5
  • Mana Kai Maui - 4.5/5
  • Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui - 4.5/5
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - 4.5/5
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea - 4.5/5
  • Travaasa Hana, Maui - 4.5/5
  • Honua Kai Resort & Spa - 4.5/5
  • The Kapalua Villas, Maui – 4.5/5
  • Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui – 4.5/5

​https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29220-Maui_Hawaii-Hotels.html

Snorkeling in Roatan, Honduras Photo By Vicki Kralapp

Northwestern Flamenco Bay (Puerto Rico) By Katka Nemcokova - http://nemcok.sk/?pic=18296, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8666132

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g102873-Catalina_Island_California-Hotels.html

Also check out:

  • https://www.catalinachamber.com/where-to-stay-on-catalina-island/
  • ​https://www.expedia.com/Catalina-Island-Hotels.d6192.Travel-Guide-Hotels
  • ​https://www.hotels.com/de1649590/hotels-catalina-island-california/
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/los-angeles/catalina-island/hotels/a/lod/361784
  • https://www.trivago.com/avalon-60225/hotel/catalina-island-seacrest-inn-385031?sem_keyword=_cat%3Aunited%20states%2Fcalifornia&sem_creativeid=152949194105&sem_matchtype=b&sem_network=g&sem_device=c&sem_placement=&sem_target=&sem_adposition=1t3&sem_param1=&sem_param2=&sem_campaignid=278565629&sem_adgroupid=20693975429&sem_targetid=dsa-45429484259&sem_location=9019127&cip=11131&gclid=CODGrsHm6tICFQowaQodlfgC0A

Christiansted, looking north. - By Jpheym Jason P. Heym, Seascape Pool Center, Inc. - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13320940

Starfish on coral.By Copyright (c) 2004 Richard

Ling, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.

org/w/index.php?curid=78275

Spencer Beach Park on the South Kohala Coast - By AlaskaDave - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27952304

Snorkeling and Diving Packages:

  • Discover Dominica - http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/dive-operators?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=8&sobi2Id=47
  • Discover Dominica, the Nature Island - http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/day-trips?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=14&sobi2Id=117
  • Champagne Reef Snorkeling Shore Excursion in Dominica http://www.shoreexcursionsgroup.com/tour/champagne-reef-snorkel-dominica/CADOISACHPSNR
  • Caribya! - http://caribya.com/dominica/snorkeling/
  • Dive Dominica http://www.divedominica.com/snorkeling/

Next month I will be writing about  zoological

and plant  life in different countries of the world.  

See you on May 4, at 6:00 PM!

WHAT MAKES THE DIVING AND SNORKELING SO SPECIAL HERE?

By U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Source: [1], fetched September 2006. Caption on this USGS web page was, "Blue Hole: Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) located east of Belize.", Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1813649