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These Are Some of the Best Snorkeling Destinations in the World

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 30, 2016

These Are Some of the Best Snorkeling Destinations in the World

PHOTO: Swim with manatees in Crystal River, Fla. (photo courtesy Thinkstock)  

For those who want an up-close marine life experience but aren’t ready to don the equipment — and the expense — of scuba diving, snorkeling is the way to go. There are many stunning locales in the world that really put the wow factor underwater. 

The folks at the Active Times of put together some of the best places to go snorkeling, from the beautiful Great Barrier Reef to the chilly waters off Catalina. 

The wildlife-rich waters of the Galapagos are one of the most exotic places on the list — and Plaza Sur is one of the most popular areas for snorkelers. 

“The abundant and friendly sea lions – the largest animals on the islands, with adult males weighing up to 550 pounds – is why snorkelers go there. Covering the seabed you’ll also find damselfish, triggerfish, hogfish, sea stars and urchins,” notes the Active Times. 

Another worthy locale is the unspoiled marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island. 

Tucked along this bay are ancient religious temples and also the historic monument where world explorer Captain James Cook met his fate, according to Hawaii Activities.

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In Crystal River, Fla., visitors can swim with manatees.

“Reputable outfitters can take you to the manatees without disturbing their fragile habitat and provide all the gear you need, including wetsuits. The water temperature in the river is a brisk 72 degrees year-round,” notes the Active Times. 

These are just a few of the amazing snorkeling opportunities around the world. Read on for more suggestions here


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