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There’s nothing quite as thrilling or beautiful as seeing a giant turtle resting right under your snorkel. The Caribbean is abound with incredible wildlife just metres off stunning clear-water coastlines. Captain your own vessel with a bareboat yacht charter to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving destinations, from underwater caves in the Bahamas to the family-friendly shallow water beaches of Barbuda. Snorkelling is an experience like no other. Here is a guide to unforgettable underwater destinations rich in colourful corals and curious fish.
Thunderball Grotto, Bahamas
This is one of the top snorkelling and scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean. An intricate network of high-ceiling caves off Staniel Cay lead the visitor through an underwater maze barely lit by the sun’s reflection. Experienced snorkellers will have no problem navigating the many caves, but beginners and those looking to beat the crowds are advised to head straight to the secondary rooms.
Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda
Barbuda is lined with 365 pristine pink sand beaches, unpopulated by commercial ventures and mega hotels, and so is a natural choice to visit for its diverse wildlife. Snorkel here to see brain and elk coral, anemones and an assortment of tropical fish in all imaginable colours.
Reduit Beach, Saint Lucia
For holidaymakers looking for a balance of underwater exploration and lazing around on a stunning beach, Reduit’s golden, sandy shoreline stretches over a mile long. As you might expect, Reduit is a popular destination for surfers and sailors alike, so be aware that, during peak season, finding a more secluded part of the beach can lead to safer, more peaceful snorkelling.
Snorkelling is one of the great pleasures of sailing the turquoise waters that surround the Caribbean. Discover a magical underwater paradise filled by strange and surreal coral reef and fish of every hue from deep blues to brilliant golds.