Strange fish dart all around you, sea turtles cruise in front of you
and a seal gracefully parks in front of you staring into your mask
as if trying to figure out what kind of animal you are.
A snorkeling vacation offers you these fun and exciting brushes with
exotic wildlife in places all over the world' the Galapagos Islands,
Southern California, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean
just to name a few hot spots.
You do need to be mindful of some minor risks involved, but it
doesn't take much skill to enjoy some basic overseas adventure
travel snorkeling experiences. Remember that when planning your next
There are some minor risks involved with snorkeling, but nothing
that should concern you if you use your common sense.
Common sense rule #1: never go snorkeling alone. Rule #2: learn
about any potential water hazards before snorkeling in a given area.
Rule #3: Stay within your abilities and don't do anything stupid.
Keep these things in mind, and you'll stay safe while having loads
Other minor issues include being aware of the time you spend with
bare skin exposed to the sun. You can get a nasty burn even if you
think your body has been protected by being slightly submerged.
Other risk considerations include sea creatures that might want a
piece of you (this is rare), getting cut by coral, dehydration
(believe it or not) and getting thumped by watercraft. So have an
awareness about you when you're in the open water.
Snorkeling is a pretty simple adventure travel activity. You don't
need any special training. All you really need to be able to do is
breathe through the snorkel and have the ability to swim well.
Breathing through the snorkel will take some practice, especially
learning to clear the water once you surface after swimming at any
depth. It's a good idea to get some basic instruction from an
experienced snorkeler, but you'll pick it up quickly. You should
also be able to clear the mask of water should the need arise...
another simple lesson you can easily learn.
Using fins will help you scoot through the water much faster, and
the resistance of the fin against the water can tire you out after a
while. So being in good shape and having some experience using fins
will really make your snorkeling vacation much more fun.
A snorkeling vacation is great fun for the whole family. Especially
when you go to a place where there's a lot to see in shallow water,
and there are countless places in the world that fit that
Donning a mask, snorkel and fins while taking a shallow dip is a
great way to relax, enjoy the water and satisfy your curiosity about
little sea critters and the underwater world in which they live.
For more experienced snorkelers who have the ability to free dive to
greater depths, the fun factor gets ratcheted up a couple of
Anytime you're in a watery destination that offers you a snorkeling
opportunity, don't think twice... go for a swim. It a guaranteed great
Popular places for a snorkeling vacation
Sometimes it's nice to shed the scuba tank and just do some shallow
water exploring. Here are some great snorkeling vacation adventure
destinations for you to consider.
Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Stingray World, Moorea
Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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