Swimming and snorkeling can be great fun. It provides opportunity to
see myriad colorful marine life underwater. Moreover, apart from
enjoying a blissful snorkeling vacation, the activity will also let you
keep your body in shape. Snorkeling doesn’t need rigorous training. If
you are a good swimmer, then you can snorkel too. The pleasures of
swimming and snorkeling become simply fantastic when you do it in some
of the popular Island Beaches in the world. Here we have specially
curated for you world’s top 10 Island Beaches you should consider
heading for your snorkeling vacation.
Honda Bay, Palawan - Philippines
The reefs off Honda Bay are particularly great for snorkeling as they
are teeming with varied marine life, including ghost pipes, starfish,
seahorses, and three kinds of endangered turtles. You will find at least
400 species of coral and 800 fish species. The white sandy beaches in
Palawan also welcome avid snorkelers. If you plan deep-sea dive in
Palawan’s waters, you may be lucky to see dugong or sea cows as well.
Rakeedhoo, Vaavu Atoll - Maldives
Rakeedhoo shouldn’t be mistaken for a beach. It’s in fact a small island
in the Vaavu Atoll, which is flanked by broad coral shelves. An
impressive array of marine life and coral species are ready to welcome
you when snorkeling on the reef top. You will be thrilled to see
turtles, sharks, tuna, hump head parrot fish and blue-fin jacks.
Rakeedhoo Kandu being an excellent dive site in the Maldives is also
great for swimming.
Smith's Reef, Providenciales - Turks & Caicos
Smith’s Reef is situated in the Princess Alexandra National Park on
Providenciales’ northern coast. It is home to most diverse seascapes in Turks & Caicos Island. You will love snorkeling here. Get ready to
discover neon trumpetfish, yellowtail snappers, green parrotfish, purple
gorgonians, and colorful fan and brain corals. You will also come to
know about the reef’s marine life and ecosystem.
Carlos Rosario Beach, Culebra - Puerto Rico
If you want to skip the crowds at the beautiful Flamenco Beach, then
simply head to the Carlos Rosario Beach, which forms the part of the
Luis Peña Channel Natural Reserve. It is undoubtedly a good spot for swimming and snorkeling in Puerto Rico. The largest diversity of marine
life and coral are to be found here. Want to hit “The Wall”? Then just
swim a little north of the Carlos Rosario Beach to see the mile-long
stretch of colorful coral with plenty of turtles, urchins and tropical
Temae Plage Publique, Moorea - French Polynesia
You will find it too tempting to spend some time lying on the deserted,
silky shores of Moorea. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters
teeming with rich, diverse marine life. The splendid Temae Public Beach
or Temae Plage Publique is also a great spot to see colorful coral reefs
with hawksbill sea turtles, trumpetfish and stingrays.
Jellyfish Lake at Eil Malk, Rock Islands - Palau
The silky white sands at Eil Malk are stunning. But the real discovery
beneath its turquoise waters is its golden jellyfish or million
mastigias papua. They are concentrated in the appropriately-named
“Jellyfish Lake”. They are stingless, and therefore harmless. Snorkeling
among them is quite thrilling experience as you can get up close or
even touch them. Swimmers and snorkelers find it great with many reefs
off Eil Malk.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora - French Polynesia
Bora Bora’s Matira Beach is among the most beautiful island beaches in
the world. The clarity of water and temperature here makes it an
excellent spot for snorkeling. The diverse marine life at its
spectacular reef, including above 1,000 tropical fish species, octopus,
eagle rays and manta rays prompt snorkelers to go for a snorkel safari
and enjoy swimming among the reef sharks.
Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef - Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of snorkeling spots. It has
the world’s richest ecosystems and boasts of 2,900 individual reefs.
However, Lady Eliot Island is at the top of the list. You can look
forward to discover kaleidoscopic coral, carpet sharks, manta rays,
tropical fish species and sea cucumbers. Snorkeling between November and
March is the best as you will be able to spot green and loggerhead
turtles nesting on the beach.
Mnemba Island - Tanzania
The tiny Mnemba Island in Tanzania has been declared as a Marine
Conservation area. It is encircled by pristine coral reefs. The area
boasts of over 430 species of reef fish and marine life, including
turtles, stingrays, moray eels, and bottlenose dolphin.
Cayo De Agua, Los Roques - Venezuela
The Cayo De Agua forms the part of the Los Roques Archipelago National
Park. It is the Caribbean Sea’s largest marine park. Its waters are home
to around 280 species of fish, 200 species of crustaceans and 61
species of coral. You can enjoy leisurely laps in the crystal clear,
pool-like waters surrounding the arch-shaped cay, if you are not in
These are undoubtedly among the best island beaches in the world for
snorkeling and swimming. Plentiful marine life, gentle currents and
clear water – are all that you need to look out for a fantastic