Take 10 Tuesday: Diving and Snorkeling

The stores are putting out their swimming suits and we’re all starting to dream of a warm summer, or at least I am. In honor of summer dreams, today’s top 10 list features the best places to scuba dive and snorkel according to CheapFlights.

10. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh. Naama Bay. Port
The reefs here are isolated and without much movement from the sea to disturb the water. The Red Sea is home to many sharks, though amazing for viewing they are wild creatures and can be deadly.

9. Rocktail Bay, South Africa
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This is a newer diving spot and since opening over 1200 species have been spotted here including dolphins, scorpion fish, manta rays and sharks.

8. Hawaii

Snorkeling at Kaanapali Beach, personal photo

I’ve been to both Kaanapali Shores and Hanauma Bay for snorkeling and loved it. Other standouts include Kahaluu Beach and Kealakekua Bay. Where I was, coral, urchins, fish and turtles were everywhere.

7. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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The world’s largest marine park features 400 types of coral and is home to clams, snails, sea cows, sea turtles, and humpback whales.

6. Galapagos Islands
Sea Lion Pup
Limited to experienced divers due to the currents, you’ll find sharks, dolphins, sea lions, turtles, rays and eels deep in the ocean here.

5. Fiji
Blue starfish
The highlight of your trip into the ocean here will be the coral. Not to be outdone, you can also go on shark feeding dives here.

4. Cozumel, Mexico
Home to sting rays, barracudas, nurse sharks, eels, lobsters and crabs.

3. Cayman Islands
Stingray, Grand Cayman
Coral reefs and shipwrecks expose divers to coral, algae, sponges not to mention all the fish and stingrays.

2. Bonaire, Lesser Antilles
Regal Queen
Part of the ABC islands with Aruba and Curacao, the water here is mostly untouched with mountains of coral, butterfly fish and angelfish.

1. Belize
Great Blue Hole Belize 1
The largest barrier reef in the Northern hemisphere runs the entire length of Belize’s coastline. The Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Atoll and Glovers Reef atolls are all must-sees. If you can only do one thing here, you must see the Great Blue Hole, a limestone sinkhole.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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