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Top 25 Best Island Beaches for Swimming and Snorkeling (#5 to #1)

by Adriana Afonso May 24, 2017

Top 25 Best Island Beaches for Swimming and Snorkeling (#5 to #1)

Take a Snorkl and fins and slip into the waters of these amazing island beaches, voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the best in the world for snorkeling and swimming.

Here comes the 5 best places! (at last)

#5. Boracay, Philippines

Lying 196 miles south of Manila in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Boracay can only be described as Asia's "next best thing" for a beach vacation. White Beach stretches for two-and-a-half miles and, although crowded in some spots, it remains an excellent place to snorkel from its gently-sloping sandbar.

boracay-philippines snorkeling



#4. Sipadan, Malaysia

Sipadan is located in the Celebes Sea off the coast of Sabah (Malaysia's easternmost state on the island of Borneo—Google-map it!). Best known for world-class diving, and described as an “Untouched Piece of Art” by Jacques Cousteau himself, the snorkeling here is equally stunning with easy viewing of otherworldy coral formations, sea turtles, and Bumphead Parrotfish.

sipadan-island-malaysia-snorkeling with a SNORKL


#3. Palawan, Philippines

Voted #1 Island in the World in our 2015Readers' Choice Awards survey, Palawan continues to impress. Daytrips by boat from Puerto Princesa to Luli Island, Starfish Island, Panden Island, and Cowrie Island only take 45-minutes and will reward with sightings of Star Fish and sea snails, marine gastropod mollusca called "cowrie."

palawan-snorkeling-with a Snorkl


#2. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Hard to get to, but well worth the effort, the Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique keeps us visiting and dreaming. Barely 22 miles off the east coast of Africa, this group of six islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Bangue, Shell, and Santa Carolina) continue to top our "must-visit" list of places in the world. The entire area was declared a National Park in 1971 and hosts a plethora of snorkel and dive opportunities.

bazaruto-island-mozambique snorkeling


and at last

#1. The Maldives

It's no surprise that the Maldives tops your list of best islands to snorkel. A chain of 26 atolls and over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, it's the world's most geographically dispersed of countries, and can't be beat fo r underwater exploration.Seeing as each island is barely the size of a small estate in the Hamptons, we're hard-pressed to pick a top spot, but consider the Anantara Kihava Villas Maldives your first stop.


Go snorkeling in Maldives with your Snorkl


Don't forget to get you Snorkl to enjoy all these amazing places
Adriana Afonso
Adriana Afonso

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