Here’s a great story from The Moorings about the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean, with a look at the BVI, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
Grab your fins and get your mask fog-proof ready because we’re kicking our way through nature’s island-hopping paradise to reveal the best snorkeling in Caribbean sailing destinations. But no matter what sun-and-sea activity you crave most on vacation, you can always count on the Caribbean for extreme relaxation, fun-filled adventures, and unforgettable memories.
This warm-weather wonderland is certainly not lacking in praiseworthy snorkeling spots but there are a handful of locations that really stand out, and they are conveniently sprinkled all throughout the idyllic cruising grounds. Regardless of where you’re headed on your next yacht charter vacation, a rave-reviewed snorkeling experience is within reach. And here are the 11 best Caribbean snorkeling spots to put on your radar right now.
Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean:
Nestled just off of Norman Island, the emerging rocks found at the Indians are popular among charterers so plan to arrive early for several hours of superb Caribbean snorkeling. The four wondrous rock formations are just as remarkable underwater as they are at sea level. Swim through unique narrow passages near the bottom of this protected area where a variety of coral, sea fans, and schools of reef fish flourish.
Another Norman Island snorkeling hot-spot, the world-famous Caves are located off of Treasure Point. This series of three caves is riddled with hidden gems but you’ll need to bring a flashlight with you for optimal treasure hunting in the areas that are deeper than the 4-foot average here. In addition to harboring colorful coral clusters and a vast marine population, this protected snorkeling site was once used by pirates so you may get lucky and find real buried booty.
Puerto Rico Snorkeling
Cayo Diablo National Park
Not far from The Moorings base in Fajardo, you can capture a once in a lifetime snorkeling experience at Cayo Diablo National Park. Feast your eyes on the elegant Elkhorn and Staghorn Coral distinctive of this top-rated location where your dream to swim with sea turtles will come true. Cayo Diablo’s healthy sea turtle population is the primary reason for this snorkeling destination’s claim to fame.
Sitting pretty in the middle of the unspoiled Spanish Virgin Islands off the east coast of Puerto Rico, Culebra is home to some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean, if not the world. Unpolluted waters, undisturbed reefs, and uncrowded cruising grounds offer the most impeccable snorkeling conditions in this best-kept secret Caribbean vacation sanctuary. Read more: