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Admiring the ocean from the sand might be relaxing, but nothing beats strapping on some fins and swimming with the fishes. If you love snorkeling or scuba diving, here are five destinations that should be on your radar.
Fort Myers, Florida
You don’t have to swim far past the shore in Fort Myers to catch a view of plenty of fish, crabs and more, but if you really want to experience the diverse marine life in the area, you’ll want to hop aboard a boat and venture out to deeper waters. Seahorses, turtles and even sharks await just a few miles from the shore. If you’re new to scuba diving, there are a number of great tour companies that can help you get started with your diving certification.
West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach’s reefs are just a short catamaran ride from the shore. This is one of state’s best spots for snorkeling. Not only is the reef itself a sight to behold, just wait until you meet the residents. As you swim through the clear blue water, you’ll find yourself face to face with everything from stingrays to graceful sea turtles. There are few places in the United States where snorkelers can experience such a variety of sea life.
Half Moon Bay, California
There are so many beautiful beaches to explore at Half Moon Bay, you may never get out of the water. Half Moon Bay is located along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a spectacular unspoiled stretch of protected marine areas. Because the area is protected, it’s bursting with a variety of marine life just below the water’s surface. After you’re ready to hang up for fins for the day, recount that day’s adventures over a glass of wine at one of the many wineries in the area.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is known for being one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world. What’s surprising is the number of travelers who visit Bora Bora, only to experience her crystal blue water from a lounge chair. A trip to Bora Bora is not complete without taking some time to explore the lagoon. Hundreds of tropical fish in every color of the rainbow await you as well as manta rays and reef sharks. You’ll be hard pressed to find water as crystal clear as in Bora Bora, making this one of the world’s best destinations for snorkeling and diving.
If you’re looking for underwater adventure in the Bahamas, look no further than Nassau Paradise Island. Nassau is just as breathtaking below the water’s surface is it above. It’s unique location between the Tongue of the Ocean and shallows of the Great Bahama Bank have made Nassau an exceptional destination for snorkelers and divers alike. Here you can explore shipwrecks, coral reefs and the famous Lost Blue Hole, a 200 foot wide natural opening in the ocean floor.