Don a mask and flippers and explore the beautiful aquamarine waters and coral reefs that surround some of the world’s most spectacular islands…with 80% of all of Earth’s living creatures located in the seas, there’s no shortage of remarkable species to encounter.
Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
With a breathtaking, turquoise lagoon, Rangiroa (which means ‘immense sky’ in traditional Tahitian) showcases the natural beauty of French Polynesia.
Look out for: Bottlenose Dolphins, butterflyfish, Manta Rays and Napoleon Fish.
Top tour: Snorkel the aquarium garden Visit one of the best snorkelling spots on the atoll, and admire the wonderful and colourful world of tropical fish and coral formations.
Did you know? With its 42-mile-long by 16-mile-wide lagoon, Rangiroa is the second-largest atoll in the world.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
Located within the pristine Seychelles, thetranquil waters of Praslin are bursting with large coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
Look out for: Sea Turtles, angelfish, frogfish and Moray Eels.
Situated in the Comoros archipelago, Mayotte’s main highlight is its enclosed lagoon that features an almost unending double barrier reef formation. Sheltered from the ocean’s fury, the lagoon is a haven of peace, housing a remarkable variety of flora and fauna.
Look out for: Dolphins, damselfish, Green Sea Turtles and clownfish.
Fact: Mayotte’s coral lagoon is the largest in the Indian Ocean.
Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
Home to the world’s third-largest protected reef, the warm crystal waters surrounding Grand Turk boasts some of the best snorkelling opportunities in the Caribbean. The exceptionally diverse reef is lush with soft and hard corals, sponge growth and colourful fish.
Look out for: stingrays, lionfish, trumpetfish and Sea Turtles.
Top tour – Gibb’s Cay Beach & stingray encounter. Go in search of the elusive stingray at Gibb’s Cay and watch as these graceful creatures approach the bay one-by-one.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
With a spectacular lagoon and luminous reefs that ring the island, Rarotonga’s crystalline waters provide fantastic scenes of colourful sea life.
Look out for: Parrotfish, starfish, wrasses and Green Turtles.
Top tour: Aroa Lagoonarium & beach resort Enter the Aroa Lagoonarium – a sheltered, all-tide marine wonderland – and experience some of the best snorkelling in Rarotonga.