The rise of low-cost airlines across the globe has put holiday spots that were previously out of reach of the average man (or woman) within easy grasp. This includes places that many people could only dream of – including islands chains and coastal resorts where the opportunity to enjoy water sports is unrivaled.
For many who enjoy diving and snorkeling, this has raised the possibility of a dream vacation in some of the most naturally beautiful spots on the globe.
So if you want to explore undersea attractions where are the spots that should be on your bucket list?
1. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Indonesia may not be on everyone’s radar for an excellent diving and snorkeling destination – but it is world class. The reefs are undamaged, and those who choose to get their feet wet will be amazed by the diversity of the marine life. Experts say that the reefs are home to about 75% of the world’s known coral species. That makes for an exciting underwater experience.
2. Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Staying in Southeast Asia the Komodo National Park might be better known for its giant carnivorous lizards, but it has a wealth of underwater attractions as well. Unspoiled reefs set in colder waters brings the fish and reef dwellers to the attention of both snorkelers and scuba divers as well.
3. Silver Bank, Dominican Republic
Want to get up close and personal with Humpback whales, well Silver Bank in the Caribbean Sea is one of the few places where you can get up close and personal with these gentle giants.
4. Palau, Micronesia
If an exotic, out of this world experience is what you crave for your diving and snorkeling experience, then this is the place you want to be. Imagine swimming with harmless jellyfish all around you. It’s science fiction right here on planet earth. Jellyfish Lake will be a dream come true for those who want something different. There are also numerous reefs in the area that will prove incredibly rewarding for both scuba divers and those who are only interested in snorkeling and drifting among these fascinating creatures.
Of course, no list would be complete without at least mention of the Great Barrier Reef. For those who want a civilized underwater experience, complete with all the modern conveniences a trip to the jewel in Australia’s marine crown is an absolute must.