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Favorite Place to Scuba/Snorkel?

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

What are your favorite spots that you have either gone diving or snorkeled? Why did like it more than others? What did you see?

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Laughing Whitefish Point on Lake Superior (fecking cold!) but there are a ton of shipwrecks that you can get 'up close and personal' with!
I am dying to go to Bali, as I have a good friend who goes every year and the pictures he brings back are absolutely AMAZING!
What about you? Where is your favorite place to Scuba/Snorkel?

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Don't forget to mention whether you went scuba diving or snorkeled?

I've never gone diving, but I really like snorkeling.

So far my Top 3 are:

1) The Great Barrier Reef : It's one of the most Amazing things I've ever seen in my life. It was also my very first underwater experience so obviouly i was blown away. Besides all the amazing colorful coral and the various fish, it was the Giant Clams that really amazed me.

2) The Galapagos Islands : Sea Lions were playing with me underwater. They'd swim full speed towards my mask then, at the very last minute, turn away. They seemed to enjoy it even more than I. Also saw a Penguin while snorkeling, now that's gotta be unusual. The water was a little cold, and there was no ladder off the boat, or platform, so I had to do the "fall off the boat backwards thing", that was quite a shock, guess it takes a while to get used to that method of entre.

3) Belize : Snorkeled off the coast of Ambergris Caye, its the second longest reef in the World. Saw a lot of colorful fish but I think this area is more geared toward divers than snorkelers. Seemed like the whole place revolved around diving.

4. Posted by sonjaj79 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

The places I've found to be the best are (starting with my favorite):
1.Cozumel, Mexico-the wall...amazing!!
2. Maui, HI..Lots of dives and little effort.
3. Koh Tao, Thailand-be weary of the trigger fish
4. Bali-great wreck dive, again be weary of the trigger fish. Also on the outer islands the reef is wrecked due to dynamite fishing.
Have fun!

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Lake Superior (fecking cold!)

Shouldn't you have some kind of "Wet Suit" or something to be snorkeling in that Lake? It sounds COLD!

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Yes, even in August without a wet suit you could only stay in the water for a short time.The average water temp is 40F, 4C!!
Here are a few interesting facts about Superior...

Lake Superior holds enough water to flood North and South America to a depth of one foot.

A 1000 foot freighter standing on end in the lake's deepest spot 40 miles off shore of Munising, Michigan would still be 333 feet underwater.

This massive body of water is rimmed by 2,726 miles (4,385 km) of extremely, rugged variable shoreline.

The shoreline would connect Duluth, Minnesota with Miami, Florida if straightened out.

Lake Superior is the greatest Great Lake-- the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, and the third largest by volume. Only Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Tanganyika in east Africa contain a greater volume of fresh water.

Lake Superior is the deepest of the Great Lakes. The deepest spot, 1,332 feet, is 40 miles off Munising, Michigan. One of the world's tallest buildings, Chicago's Sears Tower, could fit in that hole with only a few floors sticking above the water.Not only is Lake Superior the largest of the Great Lakes, it also has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world. It contains almost 3,000 cubic miles of water, an amount that could fill all the other Great Lakes plus three additional Lake Eries. With an average depth approaching 500 feet, Superior also is the coldest and deepest (1,332 feet) of the Great Lakes. The lake stretches approximately 350 miles from west to east, and 160 miles north to south, with a shoreline almost 2,800 miles long. The drainage basin, totaling 49,300 square miles, encompasses parts of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario. Most of the Superior basin is sparsely populated, and heavily forested, with little agriculture

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I initially wanted to get my Open Water in NZ, but as my best friend couldn't go diving I delayed it and finally got it in Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef. So, Travel100 I totally agree it's an amazing place to go diving. Though, I have to say further down the Australian east coast the spots are even better and less touristy.
When I was in Townsville I heard about this shipwreck the Yongala and in order to dive there I got my Advanced cert. It was amazing, I've never felt so free and easy, diving down to the wreck surrounded by all the underwater animals (met Nemo;)) and beautiful corals. It gave me the shivers when I started thinking about what the ship was like before it sunk. This dive was an experience I'll never forget in life time!

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

well, Cupcake,

Can't say that I knew any of that, other than the fact that lake Superior would be COLD (too cold for me to messing around in)!

Did you know that Lake Baikal, in Siberia, contains 1/5 of all the fresh water in the World?

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting steffbo

I initially wanted to get my Open Water...

Speaking of "Open Water" did you see that movie with the same title???

By the way, that shipwreck dive sounds really special! I wish I was a diver instead of just a snorkeler .

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Speaking of "Open Water" did you see that movie with the same title???

I haven't, and I've been told I better not watch it, if I ever want to go diving again. And snorkeling can be awesome, too!!!