SCUBA diving isn't the only way to get up close and personal with marine life. You may not get to go as deep without a tank, but if you know where to dive, a snorkel, mask, and fins are all you need to see the underwater world of coral, fish, and even whales and sharks. The best part: snorkeling requires minimal effort, time, equipment, and no certification. Here are thirteen of the best places in the world to mingle with sea creatures — no training necessary.
Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Belize
This classic tropical island – palm trees, white sand, blue water – is most famous as a stopping off point for trips to the Blue iconic Hole and its resident red-footed boobies. But thriving coral reefs right off the beach make it a snorkeler's paradise. The varied and abundant marine life includes staghorn and elkhorn coral, octopus, conch, parrotfish, yellowtail, tilefish, and many other small reef dwellers. Don't have all day? Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark-Sting Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks snorkel sites are just a few minutes from San Pedro. Day-long trips with Belize Dive Services include breakfast and lunch.
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