There are plenty of remarkable snorkeling destinations around the world. In fact, there are so many that it can be nearly impossible to pick a top spot.
One thing that all of the top spots have in common is that they usually give snorkelers access to some amazing coral reefs. The reefs are usually situated in relatively shallow water—perfect for snorkeling. Plus, reefs normally host a wide variety of wildlife that snorkelers would have a tough time seeing anywhere else in the ocean. However, thanks to environmental issues, many of the world’s best coral reefs have seen a severe decline in health. The good news is that the reef below the waters at our top pick is very much alive and healthy.
We’re talking about Indonesia, and specifically the adventures available through the Wakatobi Dive Resort.
The resort has won multiple awards through the years and prides itself on being eco-friendly and offering some of the best diving and snorkeling on the planet. That last part is no exaggeration, as the resort offers guided trips to more than 40 different pristine dive spots around the island on which the resort is located.
Divers and snorkelers can book a boat trip every day of the week to visit a number of reefs and sandy bays, but what makes Wakatobi our top pick is that you never have to leave the resort to get in some great snorkeling. There are plenty of dive resorts around the globe that have their own reefs right off the beach, but the truth is that most of those reefs get way too much pressure from guests, so all you normally see is stressed coral and a limited amount of wildlife.
That’s not the case with the Wakatobi Dive Resort.
The resort has over 3 miles of reef for guests to explore from the shore around the island. Many enthusiasts have called this stretch of reef the healthiest and most diverse in the world. You’ll see tons of colorful and healthy coral, plus a huge variety of wildlife, including turtles, stingray, sponges, and blue-ringed octopus.
Add to that the fact that the average water temperatures are between 78- and 84-degrees Fahrenheit and visibility in the water averages an impressive 114 feet and it’s not hard to see why this pristine location tops our list of great snorkeling destinations!