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The Best Snorkelling Tours for Solo Travellers

Dive into the deep blue and discover some of the top snorkelling hotspots in the world on one of our locally led trips.
Joel Rabinowitz
25 Mar 2022
Ever dreamed of swimming with penguins, sea lions and giant tortoises in the Galápagos Islands? How about mingling with sea turtles and shoals of tropical fish off the coast of the Gili Islands in Indonesia? On these specially curated small-group adventures by Culture Trip, you’ll encounter an extraordinary array of marine life in some of the best snorkelling destinations in the world.
1 . Come face to face with the wildlife in the Galápagos Islands

Giant tortoises? Check. Sea lions? Absolutely. Penguins? Yep, them too. If you’re a wildlife lover, the top spot on your travel bucket list may well go to the Galápagos Islands – a volcanic archipelago around 965km (600mi) off the coast of mainland Ecuador, scattered either side of the Equator. On this epic five-day adventure, you’ll have ample opportunities to snorkel and observe the abundant marine biodiversity around Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal. Plus, you’ll sleep in a luxury tented camp in a giant tortoise reserve, venture out to one of the uninhabited islands, and go kayaking in the Itabaca Channel.

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2 . Swim beside sea turtles and underwater statues in Indonesia

Bali is certainly no stranger to tourism, but you can still find quiet and uncrowded spaces if you know where to look. Try hiking the summit of Mount Batur at sunrise, swimming underneath the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls or snorkelling with sea turtles in the reefs around the Gili Islands – it’s all on the itinerary of Culture Trip’s 12-day Bali adventure. The Gili Islands, just off the coast of Lombok, are also home to an unusual and hauntingly beautiful phenomenon – a collection of 48 life-size stone figures on the sea bed.

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3 . Embrace the diverse wonders of Colombia’s Caribbean coast

Colombia’s sun-soaked Caribbean coast often gets overlooked in favour of more established travel destinations, such as Bogotá and Medellín, but those who venture to the north are rewarded with seemingly endless swathes of golden sand beaches, spectacular jungle hiking trails and fun-loving coastal towns. On Culture Trip’s eight-day adventure, starting in Cartagena and moving east along the coast to Palomino, you’ll take a trip to the Rosario Islands – an idyllic archipelago around 100km (62mi) off the mainland, renowned for its peaceful beaches, abundant marine life and coral reefs. So grab a mask and a pair of fins and spend a day snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing in this tropical paradise.

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4 . Island-hop and kayak the mangroves in Southern Thailand

From the secluded turquoise lagoon of Hong Island to the calm, clear water around Koh Yao Yai (a dreamy island in the Andaman Sea halfway between Phuket and Krabi), this 10-day journey through Southern Thailand is packed with opportunities to snorkel, swim and kayak to your heart’s content. You’ll also stay overnight in a floating raft house in Khao Sok National Park and embark on a wildlife safari by longtail boat. Be on the lookout for hornbills, gibbons and the elusive sun bear.

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