Snorkeling is hands-down my favorite travel activity, and I’m shocked it doesn’t get more love. Sure, people know that snorkeling is fun, but they don’t realize how good it is for their mind and spirit. If you’re a solo traveler like me, it’s the perfect way to meet new people and experience nature up close. Plus, as far as travel activities go, it’s pretty affordable. Once you try snorkeling once or twice, you’ll be hooked for life! Read on for a few more reasons why snorkeling should be at the top of your bucket list:
Snorkeling is amazing for solo travelers.
If you’re a solo traveler, snorkeling is the perfect activity for you. The best part is that it’s easy to find your own fun and adventure with snorkeling. You can go at your own pace, you don’t have an annoying friend who keeps asking if they can touch fish (if that happens then find another friend), no one else needs to hold onto their gear so they can take pictures while they float in the water.
The best part about solo travel is that it gives you the freedom to experience places that are difficult or impossible for groups of people because of their size or location. It doesn’t matter if it’s an island off Madagascar or just some remote spot on Koh Tao Island!
Snorkeling is one of the most affordable travel activities you can do.
Snorkeling is one of the most affordable travel activities you can do. You don’t have to buy expensive equipment to get started, because you can rent it at your destination or find a snorkeling tour for a reasonable price.
A mask and flippers will cost $10-$20, depending on where you go. A pair of fins runs about $30+. I personally prefer the ones with straps that go over my shoes so they’re not constantly falling off like some other pairs I’ve tried!
If going on a snorkel tour, expect to pay around $50-$100 per person depending on where in the world you are traveling (with less expensive tours available in countries like Indonesia and Thailand).
There’s nothing like snorkeling with sea turtles to make you feel connected to nature.
If you have the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These animals are endangered and seeing them in their natural habitat can be quite thrilling and emotional.
The significance of sea turtles dates back centuries: They signify good luck, longevity, prosperity and spiritual renewal. One legend says that if you see one while swimming underwater then your life will be blessed with happiness forevermore.
Snorkeling is peaceful and good for your soul.
It’s true that snorkeling can be exhausting, and it takes a lot of energy to swim around with an air tank strapped to your back. However, once you get into the water and start exploring an underwater world that looks like something out of your wildest dreams, all of those worries just melt away. The sound of waves crashing on the shoreline becomes background noise as you zip through schools of fish with nothing but your fins propelling you forward in the water. It’s an escape unlike any other.
Snorkeling helps you relax. The next time stress starts getting the best of you at work or home, remember: there are plenty of beautiful places where you can go snorkeling instead!
Planning a snorkeling trip forces you to get out of your comfort zone.
Snorkeling forces you to overcome a lot of hurdles, which is why it’s such a great travel activity. You’re forced out of your comfort zone and into the water, and then you have to get used to breathing through that snorkel thingamajig, as well as wearing fins or flippers (which are surprisingly difficult to walk in). And if that weren’t enough, you also have to deal with figuring out your mask—how do these things work anyway?
The act of snorkeling is inherently challenging because it’s so unfamiliar for many people. If you’ve never been swimming with fins on before, then getting the hang of it will take some time and effort. Once again: this makes for an excellent travel activity!
There’s no better way to see wildlife than through snorkeling!
Snorkeling is the most underrated travel activity on this earth. It’s super affordable, easy to do, and you can use it as a gateway drug into all sorts of underwater adventures like scuba diving. You might think that snorkeling only allows you to see fish, but there’s actually so much more out there!
When I was snorkeling in Hawaii, I saw sea turtles, dolphins and sharks swimming around me! You get a completely different perspective of wildlife by being underwater like that. With scuba diving (which we’ll talk about next time), you have even more time underwater than with snorkeling because you don’t need to come up for air as often. The best part is seeing things from an entirely new angle: under water!
Snorkeling is a great way to take your underwater adventure to another level, but it’s also a ton of fun to go diving for the first time. And what’s more, snorkeling is a highly manageable activity that you can use as a gateway drug into all sorts of underwater adventures. So if you’re looking for an affordable, easy to do and highly flexible travel activity, keep these points in mind before you head off on your next voyage.
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