Snorkeling Excursions

Explore the magic beneath the ocean’s surface in these tropical snorkeling spots.

SnorkelingParadise Island, Bahamas

It’s better in the Bahamas. History and culture tours, gaming, shopping, carriage rides, perfect beaches- they’re all a backdrop to the spectacular blue waters. Rose Island Reef lies just three miles east of the island and offers one of the best places to snorkel in the Nassau area. Take a popular day trip by boat and enjoy a lunch and cocktails on the beach before heading into the water and viewing rays, eels, tropical fish, and swimming pigs!

Molokai, Hawaii

This well kept secret is a jewel in Hawaii’s extensive crown of corals and tropical fish. “The Friendly Island” beckons with unspoiled nature, sleepy coves, hiking trails, forests, and spectacular mountain vistas. This is the real Hawaii, and this is old Hawaii. Access reefs from different beaches or from a boat. The spots are rarely crowded and present swimmers with a beautiful palate of fish, eels, turtles, and other aquatic life.

Snorkeling1Marathon, Florida

The Florida Keys beckon with gorgeous Marathon, just west of Duck Key in the 10 mile long family-oriented middle Keys group of islands. The area is known for its seafaring traditions, classic Keys island lifestyle, great weather, sunny days, seafood festivals, and hidden escapes. Skip the sparse beaches and snorkel from a boat to see greater variety in coral formations and aquatic life. The area is known for an extensive spur-and-groove type coral and well developed patch reefs, both excellent for eye opening views of this underwater world.

Bermuda

Bermuda is a British island territory way out there in the North Atlantic ocean, which contributes to its diversity in sea life. The island is known for its pink sand beaches like Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Explore the underground Crystal Caves before taking a beachside yoga class, a horseback ride at sunset, or going Humpback whale spotting in the winter months. There’s also cycling, flyboarding, deep sea sportfishing, birdwatching and kayaking. Crystal clear waters with visibilities of 200 feet in the winter reveal shipwrecks, stunning coral reefs, and submerged caves in this snorkeler’s paradise.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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