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Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?  
User currently offlineUmfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

Hi guys!  wave 

Actually, I have never snorkeled before, but I am going to this year. Just got my flippers, mask and snorkel the other day. I am also getting a waterproof case for my camera and (hopefully) will get a few nice underwater shots. I will spend a few days at Sodwana Bay (about a 4 hour drive from my home) on our north coast during my annual leave. I hear it is a snorkeler's (and diver's!) paradise and has some really amazing reefs and marine life. The water temperature is usually above 20°C and can reach 29°C in summer and is due to the warm Mozambique current. Sodwana also has the southernmost coral reefs of the African Continent. Can't wait to go!

Where is your favourite snorkeling spots and if you have any pics, please feel free to upload!

Sodwana Bay

Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83684507@N00/53610727/

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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

That's an easy one for me. Hanauma Bay is a short 15 minute drive from home and is a protected marine sanctuary in the middle of an old volcanic crater.

http://www.aloha.com/~lifeguards/hanauma.html


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Aloha,
HALFA

[Edited 2008-03-02 12:49:39]


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User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

The British and U.S. Virgin Islands. I've snorkeled off the coast of St. John and Virgin Gorda. Exquisitely beautiful coral, exotic fish and couple of sunken ships in shallow water. I highly recommend the area for snorkelers.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1462 times:

Sebastin Inlet, FL.

Has good clear water. Just be sure to stay clear out of the channel.

Kinghunter



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

The best snorkelling spots I've been to (in order...)

1. Pink beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia - absolutely phenomenal and completely unspoilt. Visibility to the horizon.
2. Coral gardens, Bora Bora - again, crystal clear water and a million fish
3. Hol Chan marine reserve, Caye Caulker, Belize
4. Soma Bay, Red Sea, Egypt - the shear volume of fish was incredible - plus saw Lion Fish and Scorpion Fish
5. Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia - beautiful drop-off, saw manta rays.
6. Exmouth, Western Australia - swimming with whale sharks off Ningaloo Reef. Nearby Coral Bay is fantastic too.
7. Ile St. Something, tiny island off Praslin in the Seychelles - amazing clear water, but coral was badly damaged.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 14080 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

One place I liked were the coral reefs off Boracay Island in the Philippines. It was like swimming in a fish tank.

Another place I liked to go snorkelling in was outside the port of Kilkee, Co. Clare in Ireland. Granted, the water is cold (after all it is the Northern Atlantic, so you'll need a good wet suit), but there are underwater kelp forests with plenty of critters just off the coast.

Jan


User currently offlineAri From UK - England, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

I'm hopefully going to the Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia this summer!!  Big grin
I think that seems a really nice place to dive but only going by the pictures!hehe!  Silly
Anyone any experience of diving here?? I can't wait!!!

ari


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1445 times:



Quoting Umfolozi (Thread starter):
Where is your favourite snorkeling spots

Solomons Beach, St.John, USVI. Not necessarily because the snorkeling is outstanding, because it isn't.

"Known for nude sunbathing, illegal as it may be, Solomon's is a small and enchanting spot under the palms at the base of the trail leading from Cruz Bay town, up to a beautiful panoramic vista, and back down again to Solomon's Bay."
http://www.stjohnisland.com/beaches.htm

Salt Pond Bay on St. John has better snorkeling, but no nudity.  biggrin 


User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1443 times:

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User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Molokini, Hawaii and Cozumel, Mexico are my two favorite places.


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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1425 times:



Quoting KPWM (Reply 9):
Molokini, Hawaii and Cozumel, Mexico are my two favorite places.

Although I haven't been to Molokini (since you last brought it up, I am going to try and get there soon!) Hawaii, and in particular Kona is very nice. As well as Cozumel. Both for snorkeling and diving.



BUT, if you like fresh water, Tobermory is a great choice. Surprisingly warm and crystal clear waters.

This is a picture of the Wreck of The Sweepstakes. Easily accesible to snorkelers.



Liam spin 


User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1423 times:



Quoting AF340 (Reply 10):

Wow that does look amazing. The water is very clear.

Where on the island did you go diving in Cozumel?



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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1406 times:



Quoting KPWM (Reply 11):
Where on the island did you go diving in Cozumel?

From the good'ol logbook:

Yacab Reef and Paradise (wasn't as good as Yacab though...)



Liam  

[Edited 2008-03-02 19:42:32]

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

I've only been snorkling a few times, once in the Bahamas off of Nassau, and the most interesting, Mauna Lani Hawaii. The former Ritz-Carlton hotel, now the "Orchid" I think, has a man made lagoon, but you can swim out of the lagoon into the reef and see some interesting stuff, though the eels sort of scared me, poking out of their holes in the coral. But I hate snakes, so eels with teeth remind me of mean snakes!

UAL


User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

I won't care to mention the big ones such as the Great Barrier Reef, but I'll add a couple smaller unspoiled ones in my area.

My favorite has to be Little Salmon Bay on Rottnest Island outside of Perth, WA. I have been there a couple times and have never seen anyone else there, almost no one has heard of it, and it isn't one of the acclaimed snorkeling spots on the map. But, every time I have been there, there has been lots of fish of different sizes and colors, and I've seen stingray's every time. One time we even saw an octopus. The next one has to be Little Parakeet Bay on Rottnest as well. On one of the sides of the bay, there is a very rocky bottom with lots of fish hiding. In the middle there is a sudden deep well, almost like a small crater, with lots of fish (although it seems perfect for a shark hiding spot!). The other great thing about Little Parakeet bay, is that when you are not snorkeling it is better than Little Salmon bay, there is less wind, more beach to get a tan, and better for swimming and bringing a boat in. It is never packed, but there is always other people there.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Add to my list: The springs in Florida.

Kinghunter



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1375 times:



Quoting Ari (Reply 6):
Anyone any experience of diving here?? I can't wait!!!

I've been snorkelling at Gili Air, it was very nice - coral's a bit knackered but lots of fish. The local t-shirt hawkers are very annoying and won't take no for an answer.


User currently offlineUmfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1365 times:



Quoting CXfirst (Reply 14):
I've seen stingray's every time

Hear this guy's reaction when he suddenly comes face to face with a school of mantas! Big grin



User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

http://www.cslacey.co.uk/photos/?cat...thumbs=on&description=Barrier+Reef

some of a mate's pics from the Great Barrier Reef (and me in scuba gear!) We bought a disposable underwater camera, unfortunately it couldn't go deep enough when actually scuba diving  Sad Good snorkelling pics thought!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1356 times:



Quoting AF340 (Reply 12):
From the good'ol logbook:

Yacab Reef and Paradise (wasn't as good as Yacab though...)

If you go back, try the Palancar dives. Especially the reef and wall dives. They are incredible.


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