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Best 5 Snorkeling Spots in the Western Caribbean

Here are the 5 best snorkeling and diving locations in the Western Caribbean. Read on to learn more and plan your cruise.

By Cruise Booking Team

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If you're on a Western Caribbean cruise and want to snorkel or dive, you're in luck: this region has some of the Caribbean's most diverse marine ecosystems. Ports of call like Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel are just minutes from different snorkeling and diving spots for everyone whether you are a beginner or a seasoned diver. Check out these places for snorkeling/diving in the Western Caribbean eager to boost their street cred.

It is worth bringing your gear (if you have it) if you plan on exploring this more than once; even occasional snorkelers can consider carrying gear for fit and hygiene reasons.


Top 5 Places in the Western Caribbean to Snorkel and Dive

1. Grand Cayman

The Grand Cayman is worth considering if you're looking for places for snorkeling in Western Caribbean all year round. The most challenging aspect of snorkeling in the Cayman Islands will be deciding which of the (many) sites to visit. The colorful coral reef twinkled in the crystal-clear seas, attracts snorkelers from around the world.

Be sure your goggless are treated and wont’ fog up so you don’t miss out on amazing views like parrotfish, barracudas, and a variety of schooling fish.

2. Bonaire

Bonaire is the second-largest island in the Dutch Caribbean and is home to a diverse variety of marine species. It is one of the best places in the Western Caribbean to snorkel and dive. In addition, Bonaire's coral reef is regarded as one of the Caribbean's healthiest.

3. Costa Maya

Costa Maya is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving destinations in the Western Caribbean. You will get guided tours that will help you identify various marine species and coral reefs.

4. Nassau

If you have a specific interest in snorkeling, then Nassau is the place for you. The shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea make it easy to do it without much worry. Also, there are guided boat tours that will take you to some of the best places.

5. Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is another one to put on this list of great places to snorkel and dive in the Western Caribbean. The calm waters of the Dolphin Cove Lagoon are a good place to learn this activity if you don't know already. If you are traveling with kids, you can enroll them for a quick lesson in snorkeling and other underwater diving exercises. It will be a good activity for them.

Apart from these 5 places for snorkeling/diving in the Western Caribbean, here are some special mentions.

You can now live the metaphor of 'swimming with sharks’ in this part of the Caribbean Islands. Of course, experiencing the reefs and other marine life comes as a bonus.

This small place in the Caribbean Sea is another place you can consider for snorkeling and diving. Take a boat to this area to explore.

Parting thoughts

If you are planning a trip down to the Caribbean, keep this list of places for snorkeling/diving in the Western Caribbean handy to make a different travel itinerary. Haven’t booked your next cruise yet? Visit to make travel arrangements.

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