Your Best Remarkable Destinations for Snorkeling in Winter

Your Best Destinations

for Snorkeling in Winter

As sports and entertainment are essential components of MER lifestyle, in this piece we will tell you about the activity that combines them both. And that would be snorkeling.

Snorkeling is a type of scuba diving that involves the use of simple equipment: masks, fins and a breathing tube (snorkel). It allows the diver to be very mobile while enjoying the beauty of the underwater world at the best snorkeling destinations for a long time. Unlike scuba diving, snorkeling does not generate noise when a large number of gas bubbles are released, and therefore snorkelers do not scare off the underwater inhabitants.

Snorkeling is one of the most popular types of water activities since it does not require expensive and bulky equipment or complex training. To start the swim, simply put on fins and a mask with a snorkel. Besides, there is no need to dive to great depths. You can enjoy coastal swimming, which makes snorkeling popular among beginners and even children.

To get the best experience of underwater observation, it is best to visit places that have a diverse underwater flora and fauna. There are a great variety of such locations on our planet. However, there are a number of the most popular snorkeling destinations that can be considered a classic. Many snorkelers are drawn to these places, as it is there that they can enjoy the amazing underwater world. Among the many locations for snorkeling, we’ve gathered those that you can visit even in winter time.

To get the best experience of underwater observation, it is best to visit places that have a diverse underwater flora and fauna. There are a great variety of such locations on our planet. However, there are a number of the most popular snorkeling destinations that can be considered a classic. Many snorkelers are drawn to these places, as it is there that they can enjoy the amazing underwater world. Among the many locations for snorkeling, we’ve gathered those that you can visit even in winter time.

Best Places to go Snorkeling in Winter

 

Here are the best snorkeling spots in the world that you can visit in winter and still enjoy warm water and beautiful underwater scenery.

 

Bligh Water, Fiji

 

Fiji’s top snorkeling spots with beautiful reefs are located in a remote region called Blight Waters. It is known for the seamounts that are hundreds of feet high, stretching from the ocean floor to the water surface. When snorkeling in Fiji, be prepared to admire the schools of rainbow fish, colorful plumes of soft corals, and the macroworld of multicolored invertebrates that constantly get in the way, competing for people’s attention. The site is located quite far from the coast, and there are strong currents. Keep in mind that good swimming skills are a must if you want to go there.

Bligh Water - Fiji top snorkeling spots with beautiful reefs | MER

Silfra, Iceland

 

Snorkeling in Iceland is especially popular in winter. And the winter snorkeling destination there would be Silfra fissure. Silfra is a rift between the diverging North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is the only diving destination in the world where you can swim and dive between two continents. The crystal clear waters of Silfra offer an unrivaled underwater visibility. There are two reasons for this outstanding clarity. First, the water in Silfra is always very cold. Therefore, nature has little chance of supporting significant aquatic life here. But since fresh water constantly arrives at Silfra, it never freezes and remains 2° C – 4 °C all year round, which makes it a perfect place for snorkeling in winter.

Silfra, Iceland - winter snorkeling destination | MER

Maldives

 

When offering trips to the Maldives, agencies do not forget to mention snorkeling as one of the main tourist attractions that can provide unforgettable experience of admiring the seabed beauty. Maldives are famous for their rich marine flora and fauna that is perfectly visible in clear water at a depth of 25-30 meters, which makes it perfect for snorkeling. While winter snorkeling there, you can not only admire corals, colorful fish and huge turtles, and make high quality underwater photography, but also study the sunken ships.

Trips to the Maldives - Snorkeling | MER

Hawaii, Honolulu

 

Honolulu is located on the Oahu island. And when it comes to snorkeling in Honolulu, the best spot on Oahu island is the famous Hanauma Bay, whose amazing inhabitants attract visitors from all over the world. It is home to over 400 species of tropical fish, most of which you can spot while swimming. There is a coral reef in the bay that is also worth seeing while enjoying the best snorkeling in Honolulu. In addition to tropical fish and reef, you can see sea turtles and eels.

Snorkeling in Honolulu | MER

Phuket, Thailand

 

Snorkeling in Thailand is always a good idea. The water is clear, warm, and has great visibility. But to enjoy it to the fullest, you need to know the best snorkeling spots there. Snorkeling in Phuket is one of the options. Almost every tourist there has snorkeling equipment so that they can plunge into the depths of the sea and admire the wonders of the underwater world at any time.

Phuket, Thailand - good idea for Snorkeling

Bali

 

Bali is one of the best places to go snorkeling in winter, washed by the Indian Ocean from the south and the Bali Sea from the north. There are thousands of species of fish, 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles known to science, and an uncountable amount of different fish and underwater plants. Besides, it’s home to unique marine flora and fauna representatives that can be found only in this place of our planet. It’s hard to disagree on Bali being a real paradise for snorkelers and divers, even in winter.

Bali - best places to go snorkeling in winter

Zanzibar

 

Tourists consider Zanzibar to be the best place on the planet for snorkeling. This small archipelago off the eastern coast of the African continent is washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean and consists of many small islets whose beaches are ideal places to go snorkeling. Needless to say, the underwater world there is amazingly colorful and diverse. Tourists can admire rare species of coral, see butterfly fish, starfish, dolphins, turtles, an octopus, and much more.

Zanzibar - best place on the planet for snorkeling

Lord Howe Island, Australia

 

Australia is home to the southernmost coral reef in the world. The place mixes hundreds of different species of marine life from both tropical and temperate latitudes. At the Lord Howe Islands, you can catch the feeling of complete solitude and connection with nature. The best snorkeling places at this UNESCO World Heritage Site are found in the quiet, shallow waters of a wide lagoon off the west coast of the island.

Lord Howe Island, Australia | MER

Snorkeling in winter is an amazing experience! Due to a decreased number of tourists, you have more chances to see rare species and enjoy the beauty of marine life. Pick any spot you like and we guarantee you’ll have a fantastic trip. 

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