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Top 5 Snorkelling Destinations in the World

Top 5 Snorkelling Destinations in the World
Snorkel masks at the ready, as we dive into the top 5 snorkelling destinations in the world. From the soft sands of St Lucia to shipwrecks in the Dominican Republic, snorkelling offers some of the most unforgettable luxury holiday adventures. 
Crisp and warm waters with extraordinary expeditions of some of the most popular coral reefs await. Bright colours, friendly fish, and out-of-this-world experiences invite you to explore these extraordinary oceans across the globe. 
Image of a diver snorkelling under water around the colourful corals

St Lucia

Incredible green landscapes alongside transcending waterfalls and azure ocean await your luxury St Lucia holiday. The exotic island life with a unique melting pot of French, African, and British culture will transport you to an island getaway you won’t soon forget. 
One of the best parts of any luxury St Lucia holiday is the snorkelling. The coral reefs off the coast of St Lucia are some of the best in the world. Like the Anse Chastanet reef that invites you to meet over 150 species of fish, seahorses, and infamous parrotfish. 
The water in St Lucia is pristine, with clear turquoise ocean welcoming visitors to hop in and experience the turtles, shipwrecks, and colourful coral reefs. One of the popular excursions includes the Coral Gardens, at the base of Gros Piton Mountain. 
Image of a couple of high peaked mountains surrounded by the sea in St Lucia


Private islands, sparkling ocean, and calm beaches with the softest white sand are what you can expect on your luxury holiday in the Maldives
Whether you’re after a romantic private sanctuary to soak up the sun with a loved one or a family feast of frolicking fun in the water, the Maldives has something for every holiday goer. 
Snorkelling in the Maldives is an amazing activity for everyone to enjoy. The water is warm and offers encounters with its many members of the Maldivian marine life, including dolphins and thousands of tropical fish that call the over 3,000 magical coral reefs home. 
The Maldives’ 26 atolls make exploring this island paradise a fun adventure that includes history and various ocean activities while taking in the incredible landscape. 
Plus, if you want to relax in the lap of luxury while getting a first-hand look at the local pods of whales and dolphins, the Maldives offer some of the best boating trips to soak up the phenomenal pastel sunsets while sailing leisurely alongside some of the most amazing marine life in the world. 
Image of a sandy beach with sunloungers and clear blue sea in The Maldives


Known for its luxury tranquil island getaways, Krabi offers over 32 diving sites, inviting guests to jump in and explore the exquisite reefs and coves. 
There are dozens of islands around Krabi with day trips galore. Spending a few days roaming the islands of Phi Phi Leh, the two Phi Phi islands, and Phi Phi Don will have you transported to a snorkelling haven. 
Along the way, you’ll be greeted by leopard sharks, turtles, and thousands of tropical fish making their way around the islands. 
The clear blue waters and soft white sands are one of the biggest draws to this island destination. Krabi is the place to be for a well-deserved relaxing getaway. 
Plus, the sunset brings incredible sights and sounds of the bays around Krabi that are out of this world when on the water.
Image of a vietnam longboat on the water


Exquisite blue waters and white sandy beaches invite you to the island paradise of Mauritius. The mountains and tropical jungles make this destination an adventure on land and in the sea. 
The warm, calm, crystal clear Indian Ocean awaits, with snorkelling excursions featuring colourful reefs and sea life that call the island home. You may even discover a shipwreck or two along the way. 
What makes Mauritius the ideal snorkelling destination are the creatures you can get up close and personal with. The dolphins, rays, and sea turtles bring the bays to life. Most of the waters near the island are shallow, making this the perfect spot for snorkelling beginners. 
If you’re travelling with those who prefer to stay dry, hiring a luxury yacht for the day will take you across the sea to the many neighbouring islands, where you can snorkel and explore the island’s culture on a one-day trip. 
Image of a boat and a catamaran with white sand and clear blue sea

Dominican Republic

The warm waters where pirates once explored the ocean welcome you to a snorkelling adventure in the clear Caribbean waters of the Dominican Republic
Whether you’re after romance in the sun or the family adventure of a lifetime, snorkelling in the Dominican Republic offers the best of both worlds. 
The Caribbean Sea is famous for its fantastic sea life that lives among the coral reefs and shipwrecks. The loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, and green turtles are common encounters. But they’re not alone, with the endangered West Indian manatee making an appearance on many snorkelling expeditions. 
If you’re in the North of the Dominican Republic between mid-January and March, keep an eye out for humpback whales. If you want an unforgettable whale-watching experience, loads of boat trips set sail from Punta Cana.
Image of a white sand beach covered in palm trees and turquoise seas

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