Best Snorkeling in Caribbean

The Best Snorkeling Spots in the Caribbean

Grab your fins and get your mask fog-proof ready because we’re kicking our way through nature’s island-hopping paradise to reveal the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean

Our Caribbean catamaran destinations, renowned for world-class snorkeling, cater to every sun-and-sea activity you crave on vacation.

This warm-weather wonderland is certainly not lacking in praiseworthy snorkeling spots but there are a handful of locations that really stand out, and they are conveniently sprinkled all throughout the idyllic cruising grounds. Regardless of where you’re headed on your next yacht charter vacation, a rave-reviewed snorkeling experience is within reach. And here are the best Caribbean snorkeling spots to put on your radar right now, from the BVI and Antigua to St Lucia and St Thomas.

Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean:

BVI Snorkeling 

Snorkeling in the BVI

The British Virgin Islands are home to some of the most incredible beaches, islands and marine life in the world, making them one of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean. Some of our top snorkeling sites in the BVI include:

The Indians

Nestled just off of Norman Island, the emerging rocks found at the Indians are popular among charterers so plan to arrive early for several hours of superb Caribbean snorkeling. The four wondrous rock formations are just as remarkable underwater as they are at sea level. Swim through unique narrow passages near the bottom of this protected area where a variety of coral, sea fans, and schools of reef fish flourish.

The Caves

Another Norman Island snorkeling hot-spot, the world-famous Caves are located off of Treasure Point. This series of three caves is riddled with hidden gems but you’ll need to bring a flashlight with you for optimal treasure hunting in the areas that are deeper than the 4-foot average here. In addition to harboring colorful coral clusters and a vast marine population, this protected snorkeling site was once used by pirates so you may get lucky and find real buried booty. 

 Can’t wait to uncover the treasures that lie beneath the waters surrounding the BVI? Take a look at our blog on the best scuba diving sites in the BVI. You can also check out our carefully-crafted BVI itineraries for more must-visit islands, beaches and landmarks during your vacation.

St. Lucia Snorkeling

Snorkeling St. Lucia

Next on our list of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean is the sensational St. Lucia. With its calm, turquoise waters and breathtaking natural beauty, it’s no surprise that St. Lucia is home to some of the Caribbean’s top snorkeling spots. Let’s dive deeper…

The Pitons

Near the base of St. Lucia’s vastly popular Pitons, there is an incredible snorkeling site called Anse de Pitons. The wondrous Pitons are breathtaking to look at, but underwater they provide the perfect habitat for a number of aquatic animals.

Smuggler’s Cove Beach

Are you setting sail on a fun-filled family yacht charter and want activities that everyone can enjoy? Head to Smuggler’s Cove Beach and spend hours snorkeling in the crystal clear waters before soaking up the golden sun on the beach. Shallow, calm and low tides – there’s no place more perfect for beginner snorkelers.
Another fantastic place for snorkeling in the Caribbean is Anse Chastanet Beach which has also made our list of the best places to scuba dive in the Caribbean. Find out when to visit the Caribbean and plan your St. Lucia yacht charter today.


St. Martin Snorkeling

Snorkeling in St Martin

St. Martin is loved by beginner and experienced sailors, couples, families and groups of friends alike. With its unique culture and incredible weather conditions, it really is one of the best places to sail in the Caribbean. It also offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Happy Bay

Known for its onshore style and top-rated beaches, St. Martin is also home to off-the-beaten-path Happy Bay, a secluded little beach and best snorkeling spot. In addition to the smile-worthy name of this place, there are also plenty of dazzling sights below the surface stretching from one end of the beach to the other where schools of reef fish are frequently spotted.

Turtle Reef

Ranging from 6 to 25-feet deep, it is not surprising that circular Turtle Reef is also a highly-recommended snorkeling destination in St. Martin. Living up to its name, Turtle Reef harbors healthy populations of both Green and Hawksbill sea turtles, as well as a wide range of other marine species. And due to its unique location, you never have to worry about Turtle Reef being crowded.Want to ensure you protect and preserve the environment and marine life during your yacht charter? Take a look at our sustainability policies.

For more beautiful places to discover, browse our St. Martin itineraries and use them as inspiration for your own charter.


U.S. Virgin Islands Snorkeling

Snorkeling aux Îles Vierges américaines

From consistently warm temperatures and calm conditions and excellent visibility, the USVI is a snorkeling wonderland. It’s also fantastic for scuba diving, which you can learn more about in our blog on the best places to scuba dive in St Thomas.

Secret Harbor

Boasting the same superior snorkeling conditions as Coki Beach, Secret Harbor offers a similar experience in a more secluded St. Thomas region. It is not uncommon to encounter sea turtles, porcupine puffers, parrotfish, and manta rays in their natural environment here. 

Waterlemon Cay

Not only does Waterlemon Cay have bragging rights to “#1 St. John attraction” on TripAdvisor, but no Caribbean snorkeling bucket list is complete without it. Conveniently situated atop the north side of the island, Waterlemon Cay is a mecca for thriving marine life and an impressive array of corals amidst the most immaculate conditions.


Antigua Snorkeling


Still wondering where to snorkel in the Caribbean? The breathtaking natural beauty of Antigua offers the perfect backdrop for your snorkeling adventures. From natural rock formations to vibrant marine life, Antigua has it all.

Half Moon Bay

Are you searching for picture-perfect snorkeling opportunities? Half Moon Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, with idyllic snorkeling. Protected by a natural rock wall, you’ll find some of the calmest waters in Antigua along this bay, making it perfect for first-time snorkelers.

Galleon Beach

Another snorkeling spot in the Caribbean that is brilliant for beginners is Galleon Beach which also has low tides and tranquil waters. This snorkeling site is renowned for being home to charming Turtles, how many will you see? For the adventurers among you, there is even a small shipwreck to explore.
Want to experience the beauty and magic of Antigua for yourself? Build a quote and start planning your Antigua itinerary today. We can’t wait to welcome you soon to embark on some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Grenada Snorkeling


Last on our list of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean is Grenada. Whether you’re planning a romantic couples charter, celebrating a milestone birthday with a large group of friends, or anything in-between, discovering Grenada’s underwater wonders is a dream come true.

Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Beach is undoubtedly one of the most popular places for snorkeling in the Caribbean. Enjoy the clean, sparkling waters and sizzling temperatures as you search for treasures below the surface. The best part? Once you’ve finished snorkeling for the day, you can relax on the golden sands of the 1.5 mile-long beach.

Flamingo Bay

Do you love marine life and want to witness their beauty in person? Flamingo Bay is a marine protected area which means it is teeming with stunning creatures that you can discover as you snorkel in the open waters. Will you spot a Stingray, Sea Turtle or Mantaray first? Take a look at our top tips for eco-friendly sailing to ensure you preserve the environment of these enchanting animals.

Collectively, the Caribbean is an island oasis blessed with endless opportunities for unforgettable snorkeling experiences, each one delightful but different from the last. So put your fins up and go discover your favorite snorkeling spots in the BVI, St. Lucia and beyond.

Whether you’re planning an idyllic Power charter, exhilarating bareboat charter or relaxing crewed charter, we’ll know you’ll love exploring the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean.
If you have any questions about snorkeling in the Caribbean or about any of our sailing destinations, such as Antigua and St Martin, please contact us today.


Leslie Montenegro

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