Best National Parks For Snorkeling And Diving

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Tour shipwrecks in freshwater ecosystems or witness turtles and schools of fish swarming in clear, tropical waters. For any snorkelers, divers, or just people who like to splash around- these are the next national parks you *need* to visit. Witness colorful fish and massive sharks, uncover hidden mysteries, and make the most of your diving license at these awe-inspiring, underwater destinations.

Fathom Five National Marine Park, Abrolhos Marine National Park, Galápagos Islands, Tubbataha Reef, Komodo National Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Redwood National and State Parks

  • Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada

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      The Fathom Five National Marine Park in Ontario is located along rugged coastlines that lead into sparkling waters that hold plenty of undersea wonders to explore. With freshwater ecosystems, 22 shipwreck sites, and are orchid species, this national park is one of the best in North America to uncover mysteries and enjoy picturesque, aquatic views.

  • Abrolhos Marine National Park, Brazil

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      Abrolhos National Marine Park in Brazil is a world renowned dive site complete with bright blue waters, and rare species. From massive whales to schools of fish, and shorelines that immaculately transform into sandy underwater floors, there is much to see at this prime destination. Spend the entire weekend diving at this bucket-list-worthy spot.

  • Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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      A year-round diving destination, the Galapagos Islands which famously features an array of rare and exotic biodiversity is a true underground metropolis of aquatic waters, and fascinating species. The Galapagos Islands is famous for *big* underwater creatures, including (but not limited to) sharks, turtles, dolphins, and seals.

  • Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

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      Tubbataha Reef is a preserved diving area located in the Philippines, this destination is home to schools of fish, turtles, coral reefs, manta rays, and clear waters that are ideal to adventure within. A paradise destination for divers who love a little adventure, the Tubbataha reef provides plentiful opportunities to witness the beauty of nature under the sea.

  • Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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      Komodo National Park is any diver's dream come true, with clear turquoise waters to swim through whilst spying on bubbly, colorful sea life. Witness massive schools of fish, lively barrier reefs, and encounter great manta rays. A world-renowned, Indonesian paradise destination, this sunny park encompasses massive amounts of rich water and picturesque islands, making it ideal for highly trained divers and people who just like to splash their feet off the coast alike.

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, United States

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      Apostle Island National Lakeshore is the site of impressive ship wreckage that now looms beneath the waters as a prime diving location, due to inadequate lighthouse construction the area is home to over 100 shipwrecks. Splash around in pristine waters and witness the rugged sculpting of ice and land on the rocky coastline, or adventure deep beneath the surface to uncover mysteries of the past and unique underwater communities.

  • Redwood National and State Parks, United States

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      Redwood National Park is rich in colorful sea life in offshore waters and coastlines. Discover hidden swimming holes and tour the lively waters beneath towering redwood trees, off the pristine beaches there are unique walls and ledges beneath the water that house plentiful biodiversity that is fascinating to explore.