The best snorkeling in the Caribbean: unexpected treasures of the underworld
You are working on your computer, for a job you don’t like, in a city far from being paradisiac, and you can’t stop coveting your screen saver, with the growing desire to jump into the clear blue water of those Caribbean beaches and to explore the magic of their marine life.
The Caribbean is probably the perfect place to fulfill your soul of an underwater explorer, providing the best beaches where the transparent waters feature a rich, accessible, and colorful marine life for every level of scuba divers. It doesn’t take much for you to live this immersed adventure of Caribbean snorkeling; pack a mask, a tuba, and palms, and there you go, ready to merge into the spectacular landscapes of the underworld.
This region of the Mexican golf is known for hosting some of the most stunning islands and beaches, and the Jack Sparrow sleeping in you probably wonders now which Caribbean island has the best snorkeling to conquer this utopian turquoise water; therefore, we made a shortlist of what are for us the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean to make your island vacation unforgettable.
The Britannic territory of Anguilla is not only famous for its stunning beaches and beautiful crystal-clear water but as well-known as one of the best Caribbean islands for snorkeling and diving. Featuring a long barrier-reef, few sunken wrecks, mini-walls, designated marine parks the territory is pretty easy to explore for beginners.
If you want to see colorful critters in caves or colossal coral gardens, the small island of Dog Island, hosting only 207 inhabitants, is a paradisiac and almost isolated destination. We recommend Sandy Island as well, where it’s common to bump into rays, turtles, lobsters, or moray eels during your diving exploration. And if you really have the soul or Robinson Crusoe and wish for more calm water, Prickly Pair features small pieces of deserted Islands, completely uninhabited, for peaceful exploration of the shallow water.
For a spectacular display of intense marine life, Bonaire is the destination you don’t want to miss; the depth of her pristine water hosting massive coral reefs, sponges, anemones, tons of multicolor fishes, ray, eels, seahorses, and if you are lucky, octopus.
It’s also recognized as the top destinations worldwide for sustainable tourism, and the Coral Restauration Foundation, a non-profit organization, volunteers every year to keep alive the impressive shining coral reef that made the reputation of the island. With nearly 60 walk-in dive sites, the snorkelers will enjoy the endless variety of Elkhorn and staghorn coral, and the explosive display of underwater colors; the paradise for divers.
The three western islands of the Caribbean Sea are the theatre for an intense underwater display, and divers from all over the world come here for its peculiar topography, to enjoy what is commonly considered as the leading dive destination, with more than 200 dive sites. In Grand Cayman, the dramatic scenery of the Wreck of the Cali, who drowned in 1940 under the weight of rice bags in the depths of the clear water, is now a joyful playground for Octopus, anemones, sea urchins, and eels, gamboling in the rusty ruins of the boat; a dramatic display you don’t want to miss.
In the north part of the capital, King George, you will enjoy sea turtles or butterflyfishes, swimming really close to the shore, a spectacular show accessible to everybody. You’ll be able to rest from your underwater gateway at one of the best Caribbean snorkeling resorts, the Retreat at Rum Point. In another dramatic configuration, Little Cayman Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, as its name implies, gives a vividly colorful and flamboyant show to the snorkelers, with impressive drop-offs, walls, and swim-throughs, conjugated with loads of corals and intense marine life.
According to PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), Dominica, also called the “natural island”, is one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world, hosting three diving reserves; Cabrits National Park, Salisbury Marine Reserve, and Soufrière-Scotts Head Marine Reserve.
Soufière bay is rated as the best diving site, and covers actually a submerged volcanic crater, which offers the extreme pleasure to snorkelers to swim in the bubbly and warm water of an active volcano, surrounded by seahorses, colorful coral, and sponge gardens; the feeling of a natural jacuzzi, in crystal-clear water and with great company.
Turks and Caicos
To finish, for the more adventurous snorkelers, the islands of Turks and Caicos feature a very wild undersea life, in which you will be able to meet sea turtles, lobsters, eels, eagle rays, and tons of tropical colorful fishes. If you are brave enough to venture yourself around the French cay, divers often report bumping into sharks and reef sharks, but beware, hammerhead or other dangerous sharks are also romping around between the impressive wall diving off the coast; be safe but be brave.
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