You can get a basic snorkel for a few bucks, which comes as a relief to parents paying for airfare to get to the best snorkeling destinations. Calm, clear waters in warm climates are the best places to snorkel, and these destinations aren’t always low-cost. The best places are Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Red Sea. To commune with whales, try Tahiti’s Rurutu.
However, many snorkeling enthusiasts will tell you that the experience of observing exotic flora and fauna in its native environment is worth the cost. Learning to snorkel is easy and requires little experience and minimal equipment, so even the smaller members of your family can join in. Ancient divers breathed through hollow reeds so they could remain under the water longer, and snorkeling hasn’t strayed far from its roots. A modern snorkel is simply a hollow tube with a mouthpiece. Usually a mask and swimming fins are also worn to aid the underwater sightseeing.
Swim with dolphins, take a dip at a pool casino and gaze at aquariums in your hotel room at this Bahamas mega resort.
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Visit this Bahamas Out Island, where you can enjoy solitude and get pampered at the same time.
Navigate your way through great beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island for quality sand, snorkeling, swimming, scuba and surfing.
Visit this British Virgin Island jewel—as part of a B.V.I. vacation or on a day trip from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The only way to get there is to swim ashore, like pirates of yore.
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Discover the natural beauty of the underwater coral chutes and the abundant caves on Cayman Brac.
Get close to nature at Grand Cayman’s environmental attractions, and learn more about how the island values its native plants and animals.
Explore beach luxury on Grand Cayman and rustic dive spots on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac on your vacation to the Caribbean trio.
Marvel at the coral-wall diving, learn about booby birds and relax with locals during your beach vacation on quiet Little Cayman.
Mexican cruises offer families warm temperatures, native art and culture, and plenty of adventure.
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From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.
Cabo activity options—from whale watching and deep sea fishing, to horseback riding and desert treks and more—are sure to fit any family itinerary.
Find seclusion on a private island vacation, where you can stay in luxurious accommodations and have an entire beach (or more) to yourself.
The Valley Isle of Maui offers adventures for the entire family—from diving and snorkeling to language and hula lessons.
Whether you go to the beach for fun, surf, sun or solitude, there’s a perfect one waiting for you on Oahu.
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Want to see the Caribbean the way it used to be? Put on your flip-flops and get away to the Bay Islands of Honduras.
Explore the natural and scientific attractions of this laid-back Panamanian archipelago oasis.
Alltournative’s tours are geared for the entire family. Our writer’s day-long adventure with her son featured kayaking, swimming in cenotes, a traditional Mayan meal and four-wheel fun.
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Baja California’s warm waters attract the gentle giant fish and adventurous tourists, who are willing to swim with them.
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Immerse yourself in the diverse cultural mix of Caribbean and Danish influences on a vacation to the most populated island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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