Hi. We are Galen & Nicole, a married couple who love snorkeling so much that we take several trips a year exploring the best snorkel spots the world has to offer.
Really, could there be anything more luscious in life than floating on warm salty waters and watching the beautiful sea life below flow by?
We get frustrated searching for the best snorkel spots when planning a trip. The information available for snorkelers just isn't satisfying. Websites and travel books only give a few sentences that don't tell us what we want to know; or they are trying to sell us something, like a boat trip. And much of it is focused on diving (with the term snorkeling thrown in), which is useless.
Frankly it drives us nuts. We crave better information, like:
So we threw in the towel, and decided we'd just have to do it ourselves. Travel to the world's most beautiful tropical paradises, snorkel the most alive reefs, snapping pictures of gorgeous colorful fish, and then share it all with you here. We give you as many details and pictures as we can, so that you can easily plan the best snorkeling adventures of your life. It's a tough job.
So, you know where your next trip is, but that's just the beginning of your questions. What type of sunscreen is best? What about that leaky mask? You wonder about how to know if you are in a current. There's much more than destination information here.
What we can't answer, someone from our website community likely can. And after you get back, join in, brag about your adventures and help answer questions.
Truth is, we have a long way to go, and lots of the world to snorkel. But we are off to a good start. Explore it with us.
Explore the destinations that we have visited below. For locations with lots of shore or beach access (free snorkeling), we provide a general overview, some suggested spots, and a highly detailed eBook guide that you can take with you. For destinations where the locations are accessed by boat, where an eBook guide would not be as useful, we make everything we know available on this website.
When you see one of these boxes on our site you will find more information about a location or topic shared by our site visitors. Click here for an index of all categories.
Moorea - World's Best
Turks & Caicos
Aruba Trip Report
Northern Bahamas Spots
St. Maarten Reviews
Puerto Rico - Culebra Island
Best Caribbean Beach Snorkeling
Florida's Southeast Coast
Bird If By Land, Snorkel By Sea
Where Do I Put My Keys When Snorkeling?
Dolphins At Two Steps - Big Island Hawaii
Night Manta Ray Encounter, Big Island
For many of the locations we have snorkeled we have written PDF eBook guides that are available in our book store. These well reviewed guides offer you the most detailed information available for a location. The most common complaint we have heard about our eBooks is that we don't have more of them... We're working on it:)
Life changing snorkeling experiences, wow moments, laughing so hard in our snorkels that our masks leak, that is what these experiences did for us. Check them out.
Have you ever had a leaky mask? No? It's miserable! Or gotten blisters from fins that don't fit? Or suddenly realized your electronic rental car keys are in your pocket, after you got in the water? Ouch! And did you know that waterproof sunscreen, really isn't?
We have experienced all of that and more, and know that good equipment makes a huge difference in our enjoyment. So read our highly detailed equipment tips. Even experienced snorkelers will likely learn a thing or two. Click the equipment home below to see all our equipment pages.
Want to bring home some beautiful underwater pictures from your next trip? It is really not as hard or expensive as it may seem. Small digital cameras just keep getting better, and cheaper, unless you keep buying new ones, like us. We take thousands of pictures underwater each trip and share with you some buying tips in the pages below.
We see news of a snorkeling death at least once a week. The ocean is a powerful moving thing that deserves great respect. To snorkel safely you need to learn some basic skills, gain experience, and evaluate each situation in the moment yourself.
Beginners will find our first time and how to pages useful.
Everyone will learn something from our pages about judging ocean conditions.