Extreme Caribbean Snorkeling

March 9, 2011

Who says snorkeling has to be tame? These five extreme Caribbean snorkeling adventures are perfect for those who love to fin on the wild side.

See Humpback Whales in the Caribbean
See Humpback Whales
Dominican Republic****
Each winter, a seamount off the Dominican Republic hosts a vast gathering of Atlantic humpback whales. The cetaceans, some up to 50 feet long and weighing 50 tons, use the bank as their birthing, nursery and mating grounds. Getting there requires a long boat ride and living aboard for a week, but the reward is no less than the greatest animal encounter available anywhere: meeting the most demonstrative of the great whales in its own element. Humpback season runs from the end of January until April. Return to Main Page
Snorkel Near Puerto Rico's Nature Preserve
Explore the Caribbean Galapagos
Mona Islan****d, Puerto Rico
Forty-two miles west of Puerto Rico, this 13,000-acre preserve has leatherback turtles lurching up the beach in nesting season (April to October) and Mona iguanas scaling the rocky cliffs. Overall, 100 endangered species and 270 kinds of fish have discovered the secret hideout; you can visit them from April through November on multi-day snorkeling/camping trips. Return to Main Page
Swim with Sharks
**Swim with Sharks
** Hammerheads, tigers and bulls, oh my! Jimmy Abernethy has been obsessed with sharks for a long time. After running his dive operation out of Palm Beach for years, he bought a live-aboard boat, ostensibly to reach pretty sites in the Bahamas. Instead, Abernethy loads his 65-foot Shearwater with barrels of chum and then anchors at places where he knows his guests will have an excellent chance for up-close encounters with what are traditionally thought to be some of the most dangerous sharks in the world. This is primarily a diver’s trip, but plenty of action is visible from snorkel depths – for those who dare. Return to Main Page
Snorkel with Dolphins in the Bahamas
Snorkeling with Dolphins
Little Bahama Bank The Atlantic spotted dolphins living on the edge of the Little Bahama Bank have developed a unique (and wholly voluntary) friendship with the snorkelers who visit them – playing chasing games, vocalizing, passing shells back and forth. Weeklong live-aboard adventures include balmy tropical nights anchored under the stars and sun-drenched days frolicking in the clear blue water. Return to Main Page
Snorkel, Dive and Swim with Whale Sharks
Swim Whale Sharks
Bay Islands, Honduras****

Thanks to a seasonal abundance of plankton, the outer banks north of Utila are a magnet for whale sharks, which can grow to a gargantuan 50-plus feet in length. Your best chance to synchronize swim with Old Tom (the biggest Rhinocondon typus frequenting these waters) comes between February and April, when the annual rendezvous of these animals occurs. Swim with Whale Sharks
Isla Contoy, Mexico****

The all-day snorkeling adventure from Delfin Diving focuses on sightings of the largest fish in the world, whale sharks, as well as close encounters with dolphins and giant manta rays. You’ll be able to view the nationally protected bird sanctuary on this island (located 45 minutes by boat north of Isla Mujeres) during the ride back from swimming with the big boys. Return to Main Page

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