Umfolozi
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Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:38 pm

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!

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:46 pm

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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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:55 pm

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.
 
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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:13 pm

Sebastin Inlet, FL.

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

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:26 pm

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.
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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:31 pm

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.

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:12 am

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!!!

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:19 am



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 
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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:27 am

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:15 am

Molokini, Hawaii and Cozumel, Mexico are my two favorite places.
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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:53 am



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.



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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:56 am



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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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:41 am



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...)



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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:50 am

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!

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:17 am

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.

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:24 pm

Add to my list: The springs in Florida.

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:31 pm



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.
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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:28 pm



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

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:53 pm

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!

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RE: Your Favourite Snorkeling Spots?

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:01 pm



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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