Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Favourite snorkelling spots in the South Pacific
One of the perks of working on a sailing ship was having access to incredible reefs. While a few spots were disappointing, having major damage from storms or human inference, others blew my fragile mind to pieces. Here's a countdown of my four favourite destinations.
In 4th place is Aitutaki, Cook islands. A honeymooner's haven, Aitutaki had great coral and sea life close to shore. The clear water meant we had great visibility for snorkelling. Much better than what I saw in Rarotonga.
In 3rd place we have Hide away resort in Efate, Vanuatu. This resort has plenty of marine life (one of my friend's saw an octopus). However the underwater post office was the kicker! There are a lot of people about, but this is compensated with having a bar right there after your snorkel (or before, I won't judge...).
In 2nd we have The Coral Gardens, Vavau, Tonga. This place is so incredibly awesome that in my mind, it should be under international protection. The coral was so beautiful that during our first visit, I don't think I paid much attention to the fish. Which there are also there. Lots.
But in 1st place I've crowned Anchorage Island, Suwarrow atoll, Cook Islands. As one of the most secluded spots on the planet, Suwarrow has had the luxury of little human interference. When swimming to the coral's shelf, that's when things got interesting. The abundance of Sharks really puts this place on the map.
And here is an important disclaimer: There are not only reef sharks (the harmless guys) but aggressive bigger boys. At one point me and Zim sighted a pack of sharks, including a brown big'un and moved quick sharp. Snorkelling at this spot is not recommended and only done by silly people like me. But wow, what a place!
Where are your favourite places to snorkel?
* First picture courtesy of Mr J. Biddlecombe.