While there are tons of awesome snorkeling excursions available on vacation, sometimes you just want to grab your snorkel and fins and go! Here are some resorts with above average (if not excellent) snorkeling right off the shore — no boat required!
Located on the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the home of legendary Black Rock. The resort holds a nightly sunset torch lighting ceremony that ends with a dramatic cliff dive into the ocean. Snorkeling around Black Rock is easy entry from the beach in front of the resort, and snorkelers are treated to turtles, rays, colorful fish and, depending on time of year, beautiful whale song courtesy of the area’s humpbacks.
On the opposite end of Ka’anapali Beach is Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. The ocean in front of the resort is known for its resident turtle colony, who pop up to entertain beach-goers or swim along calmer snorkelers. Resort employees direct guests to the “turtle wash”, an area where turtles brush up against the sea grass to clean off their shells.
While other Riviera Maya vacationers may shell out cold, hard cash for transportation to Akumal to snorkel, guests at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya can pop into the water from the resorts’ beach any time they want! Akumal doesn’t have much in the way of colorful fish or coral, but it does have amazing Green, Loggerhead and Hawkshead sea turtles. These endangered turtles hang out in front of Secrets Akumal swimming, napping, even snacking on sea grass.
The granddaddy of all Mexico snorkeling, the world-famous Palancar Reef, is just a short boat ride from Cozumel. However, the rocky shore outside Secrets Aura Cozumel provides lots of nooks and crannies for sea creatures to hide in. Venture out closer to the dock, and you may spot rays and other colorful fish. Tip from past vacationers: bring watershoes, because you know, rocky shore.
Steps south of Riu Palace Aruba at Signature Park is some great snorkeling. Enter the water at the police station and swim to the other side of the rocky outcrop. Area snorkelers have spotted octopus, turtles and eels.