Snorkeling is great fun. This underwater activity is for young and old, everyone can do it! Where exactly is the best place to snorkel? We have listed the most beautiful snorkeling spots in the world for you. Would you rather stay in Europe? Our own continent is also discussed. We conclude with the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Europe!

1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It will come as no surprise to anyone that this area is number one. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and, according to many, the most beautiful coral reef in the world. You will find sea turtles, sea snakes, starfish and many tropical fish, including the well-known Nemo fish. In addition, the Great Barrier Reef consists of no fewer than 2,900 species of coral. 

2. The Blue Hole, Belize

Every year many snorkeling enthusiasts go to Belize to snorkel in the famous ‘Blue Hole’. This unique underwater cave is no less than 130 meters deep and is located in the middle of the sea. You will find thousands of different types of exotic fish here, each one more beautiful than the next. The beautiful stalactites in this underwater cave are also a unique phenomenon.


3. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypte

Egypt is one of the most beautiful snorkeling countries in the world. This country is known for its coral reefs and especially in the Red Sea area you will find the most beautiful places for snorkeling. In this unique sea you will find a coral reef of no less than 700 km long. This reef is over 500 years old and you will find everything that makes a snorkeler happy! Exotic fish, beautiful coral species and much more! The water temperature is pleasant all year round and you can be in Egypt with a few hours of flying!

4. Koh Tao, Thailand

Thailand has been a popular holiday destination for many years. The crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches attract millions of tourists every year. The island of Koh Tao is one of the most popular islands in Thailand, mainly because of the beautiful ocean. The Gulf of Thailand is great for snorkeling. You will find the most beautiful tropical fish here, the water is incredibly clear and of a pleasant temperature. An additional advantage: It is dirt cheap in Thailand!

5. Silver Banks, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a true paradise. White beaches, turquoise blue water and beautiful fish. You can snorkel here, especially at the beach in the Silver Banks. If you are looking for a unique snorkeling location then  you have to go to the Dominican Republic. This is one of the few places where you can snorkel with whales. Whales congregate every year to mate in the Silver Banks. The young grow up here before they make the step to the open sea. Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic is an unforgettable experience!

6. Palau, Oceania

Also in Palau you can enjoy great snorkeling while accompanied by… millions of jellyfish! Yes, you read that right! And it’s totally risk free. These jellyfish have no natural enemies. Because of this, these critters have evolved in such a way that they lost their dangerous tentacles. It may seem scary, but there’s nothing dangerous about it!

The most beautiful snorkeling spots in Europe

Would you rather travel within Europe? Then don’t worry, you will also find several places in Europe where you can enjoy snorkeling. We have listed the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Europe for you below!


You can enjoy snorkeling on this Canary Island. Tenerife is only a 4 hour flight away and it is wonderfully warm here all year round. You can enjoy the most beautiful fish, rays and monkfish under water. You will find the beautiful stingray here, but also impressive water turtles. You can also snorkel here between beautiful shipwrecks and volcanic rocks. There are also many diving schools here where you can learn even more about snorkeling and diving!