I was reading the 10 Top Spots To Snorkel in the world. The list is as follows:
- Long Island, Bahamas
- St. Croix, USVI
- Crystal River, Florida
- Negril, Jamaica
- Pigeon Cay, Honduras
- Grand Cayman
- Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
- Bimini Islands, Bahamas
- Catalina Island, California
- Maui, Hawaii
So, yeah – maybe the list is a little biased/too heavy on North America/Caribbean. But it really got me thinking – what makes a spot the ideal snorkeling location?
I put together the following:
- Ease of entry (from the beach? Boat? Rocks? Walkable or must drive?)
- Clarity of water
- Variety and quantity of fish
- Variety, size, and quantity and quality of coral
- “Special” critters (whales, sharks, turtles, stingrays, etc.)
- Number of snorkelers (the fewer, the better)
As you can see, there are lots of factors. A spot you may love, others could hate. Make sure you decide which of the above is more relevant and important to you, and make your decision from there.
If you are looking for Turtles – head to Akumal. Stingrays? Venture off to Grand Cayman. Ease of entry right off the beach with no boats or rental cars? Roatan is a good choice.
What do you all think is the most important factor in deciding the perfect snorkeling spot?