Don't think size matters? Then you haven't snorkeled with the largest fish in the sea: the whale shark. At up to 40 feet in length, these huge animals look intimidating but are actually harmless, consuming only plankton and small marine life. When these slow-moving behemoths rise to the surface, don your snorkel gear and slip in to swim beside them while they feed. The most active season for sightings is February to May, but there are no guarantees. Experienced outfitters like Deep Blue Utila record all their sightings to help support whale shark research programs.
World's Best Islands for Snorkeling
We've ranked the 25 island spots for the best snorkeling in the world, from No. 25 (the Galapagos) to No. 1 (?). See which spots you've already visited for snorkeling and scuba diving, and which spots you want to see next.
by ISLANDS Editors
No. 2: Bay Islands, Honduras