Wondering where you can enjoy the best snorkelling in the world? If you are longing to venture beneath the water without scuba diving equipment, snorkelling is a great way to take in some breath-taking sights.

Keep reading to get our list of our top places to enjoy the best snorkelling in the world.

Top Destinations for the Best Snorkelling in the World

Some of the top destinations to enjoy the best snorkelling in the world include the following:


With beautifully preserved coral reefs that have not been bleached, Mauritius offers some outstanding snorkelling. The shallow lagoon waters are home to a staggering number of species, including parrot fish, groupers, napoleons, sweetlips, angelfish, trumpetfish, clownfish, moray eels,  lobsters, nearly two hundred different species of corals, sponges and sea anemones. The deeper water around the island meanwhile are home to tuna, marlin, sea breams and sharks. Around Tamarin and Flic en Flac, you can see dolphins, while whales are seen during their migration to the south.


Sadly, certain parts of the Maldives has been impacted by coral bleaching and global warming. That does not mean you will not be able to see a wide variety of underwater wonders however. It does mean that reefs may be whiter here than other destinations. Things to see here include a variety of hard corals, anemonefish, giant clams, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, whale sharks, eagle rays, fusiliers, clown triggerfish, butterflyfish, bannerfish and octopus.


Mahe has some amazing shallow lagoons that are teeming with fish, while La Digue offers some of the best snorkelling. Although bleaching occurs in some parts of the island, other areas are pristine. Things to see in the Seychelles include whale sharks, hawksbill turtles, bottlenose dolphins, moray eels, parrotfish, barracudas, deep red anthias, blue damselfish, boxfish, angelfish and surgeon.


Some Thailand reefs have also been impacted by climate change. Some sites have even been closed to reduce further damage. Kata Beach in Phuket is an excellent beach for snorkelling. Things to see around these waters include clownfish in their anemones, butterflyfish, giant clams, small blacktip reef sharks, whale sharks and manta rays.


With over 350 different fish species to be found here, it comes as no surprise that Zanzibar snorkelling is rewarding. Highlights include humpback whales, whale sharks, butterflyfish, parrotfish, clownfish, boxfish, lionfish, angelfish, stingrays, turtles, dolphins, lobsters, squids, crabs, nudibranches, starfish cucumbers, sponges, shrimps, sea urchin and more.

Where is your favourite snorkel destination? Let us know which destination you have enjoyed the best snorkelling in the world.

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