Ty Sawyer looks back on his most exotic, unforgettable snorkeling trips—from feeding stingrays in the Cayman's North Sound to spotting whale sharks in Mexico.
Grab your mask and fins: We've rounded up the world's eight best islands for snorkeling, from the Caribbean to the South Pacific.
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A journey aboard a 237-foot, 110-year-old tall ship brings one adventurer to a beach with water as clear and as bright as the sky.
Lavish resorts. Infinity pools. If there’s such a thing as a complaint in the Maldives, it’s that my visits rarely allow much exploring or a chance to meet many locals. The resorts – and the scattered nature of the region’s 1,190 islands -- make staying put easy. Too easy. On my last trip, however, I discovered the Four Seasons Explorer, a luxury dive boat that carries 22 guests on 3-, 4-, and 7-night safaris through the archipelago.
This region’s people, places and things are as diverse as the islands themselves. Getting the goods (and the bads and the weirds and everything in between) is what our esteemed cadre of contributors does best. Go snorkeling on Curaçao’s feral side; try turtle soup in Barbuda (or maybe don’t); sleep where Richard Gere slept; jump into the water at the Baths. We can’t promise things will turn out like you imagined, but if they did, why would you travel at all?
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Google has just launched underwater Street View in partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey. You can now use Google Maps to swim with sea turtles, chase a manta ray or watch the sun set over a reef. You can drift dive Maui's Molokini Crater, or snorkel Oahu's famous Hanauma Bay. All of this without ever getting wet or leaving your desk.
Overwater bungalows are the iconic island vacation, especially for romantic island getaways. But who has the such water villas in the world -- Bora Bora or the Maldives? You decide.
Get more romantic trip ideas in the new ISLANDS Romantic Getaways Vacation Guide.