The best islands for snorkeling – underwater dream come true


We all love the water and we often feel awe when we see the amazing sealife that’s just out of reach. One of the guys is snorkeling off of Malta right now and he’s been telling us of the amazing things he’s been seeing, from bright fish to wrecks. It makes sus realize that maybe that amazing sealife isn’t so far out of reach after all…

Snorkeling is a magical outdoor activity. On the scale of water sports that produce the most dopamine in your brain, snorkeling is at the top for sure.

The opportunity to swim around coral reefs and admire their colorful fish residents is simply incredible. Snorkeling gives you so much satisfaction because you get the chance to be a part of the underwater world even if it is just for a while.

It pulls you back into your childhood where the world was a place or wonder and adventure.

Some places are better than the others, so we are going to show you some of the best snorkeling islands that can offer an extraordinary underwater experience. Take your mask, snorkel tube and flippers and jump into the water and let your wonderful journey begin.

Snorkel gear 
Snorkel gear 

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii 

Hanauma Bay is Hawaii’s most famous snorkel destination. Its shallow waters offer a collection of vivid underwater colors. The views are unique and for some life changing. Hanauma Bay was once a volcano crater but now is an easily accessible bay with calm waters. Here you can see more than  50 types of Hawaiian sea creatures, such as milletseed, raccoon and threadfin butterflyfish.

Island Oahu in Hawaii – Author: Carissagallardo – CC BY 4.0
Island Oahu in Hawaii – Author: Carissagallardo – CC BY 4.0

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. The warm, crystal clear water attracts lots of people for their perfect summer vacation.

One of the main reasons why people like coming here is Stingray City. This is the place where swimmers are allowed to get close to stingrays and feed them. These majestic creatures are used to human presence and accept the food.

Snorkeling became a must-do for all the visitors of the island who like to experience something new.

Of course, the waters around the island teem with tropical fish, such as angelfish, puffer fish, trigger fish, and cowfish. For the easiest access go straight to the Seven Mile Beach where the coral reefs lie offshore.

Green Turtle
Green Turtle

Santa Catalina, California

West Coast folks don’t need to travel across the world to enjoy the best snorkeling. Some people are just lucky enough to live close to Santa Catalina, which is only 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

The island is home to a variety of sea life that you can see this summer if you get yourself out there. Surrounded by crystalline water and kelp forests, Santa Catalina is a home of many fish species including flying fish, Garibaldi (California’s state fish), perch, anemones and spiny lobsters. Casino Point Marine Park was the state’s first designated underwater marine park and offers spectacular snorkeling.

Catalina Island
Catalina Island

If you are a snorkeling fan, looking for the perfect island, look no further and start packing your suitcase.


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stef-zisovska is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival