5 Best Places for Kids to Snorkel

snorkeling kidFamily vacations are a great way to create lasting memories. If a family is interested in introducing their children snorkeling, there are many excellent kid-friendly resources. When looking for the best places for kids to snorkel, it is a good idea to take their level of experience into consideration. A child who is new to snorkeling, for example, may be more confident in a structured environment instead of exploring on their own. On the other hand, an independent child may be quickly bored in the same situation.

Hawaii

Wonderful snorkeling for all ages can be found in the Aloha State. In addition to open ocean snorkeling, several hotels have their own private lagoons with lessons for beginners. Kapalua Bay, with its lovely beaches, is also an ideal spot for kids interested in snorkeling.

The Bahamas

While the entire Caribbean is home to colorful exotic fish and coral reefs, the island of the Bahamas are something special. Families can charter safe, kid-friendly snorkeling excursions, or simply snorkel directly off the beach.

Cabo San Lucas

The Pacific Ocean side of Cabo San Lucas is unsafe for swimming or snorkeling. However, the Sea of Cortez, also called the Gulf of California, offers world-class snorkeling for both kids and adults. The waters are calm, and the wildlife is plentiful.

Palau

Palau, in Micronesia, is still a largely untouched tropical paradise. It is home to a lake teeming with harmless yellow jellyfish. While diving is not allowed in Jellyfish Lake, snorkeling is allowed with a permit. Jellyfish Lake offers an unparalleled experience that will never be forgotten.

snorkel kidFlorida

Opportunities for saltwater snorkeling, as well as freshwater snorkeling, can be easily found in Florida. Whether a family chooses to explore the coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, or take advantage of the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, there are many snorkeling options. In addition to saltwater, there are also places to try freshwater snorkeling. Although freshwater snorkeling does not offer the same eye-popping colors as saltwater snorkeling, it is still a chance to peek at life under the water.

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Comments

  1. Give them a stick and glove. Teach them to play Underwater Hockey. Then you play, train and go on better safer vacations,

  2. Grandparents, too!

  3. Someone should teach this kid how to use a snorkle… it’s not in his mouth!

  4. My daughters began snorkeling at Baby Beach in Aruba which was a perfect environment for them. They graduated from that and we moved on to Bonaire which was even better. From there came their Open Water Certification.

  5. I would add St. John, USVI and Akumal, Mexico to this list.

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