Top 20 Underwater Destinations
Top 20 Underwater Destinations in the world.
The best beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor, is Gili Trawangan in Indonesia. Locals are known for their gentle approach to enjoying life under the sea. You can snorkel among brightly colored reef fish, and then enjoy a sunset cocktail on your private beach. Tip: Avoid swimming directly in the sun or on a full moon.
(2) Fiji Islands
This island nation is famous for its waterfall beaches, which range from spotty to endless. Savor a day by the pool, explore the waterfalls on one of the many water taxis, and then soak up some views of the Fiji Islands as you bask in the sun.
(3) Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Considered the largest living structure on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is stunning and unforgettable. The biggest part of the reef is 2,900 miles long and more than 1.8 miles wide, and it consists of 17 diverse reefs, including some of the deepest in the world, and thousands of species. Sixty percent of the reefs are less than two feet deep. Be sure to take a dive or snorkel with a local guide and know the best time to dive.
(4) Grand Cayman
The Cayman Islands are some of the largest islands in the Caribbean. The turquoise water and white sand beaches are great for an authentic island experience, as well as spectacular scuba diving.
The coral reef at Stingray City is one of the only places in the world where you can swim among and touch these reef animals. Make sure to eat well, as the Caribbean diet is lacking in protein.
(5) Cayman Islands
Travelers come from all over the world to snorkel at Horseshoe Bay. The shallow reef shelf is ideal for learning and practicing techniques, and it has a 30-foot reef hole.
The cliff jump experience is unforgettable, too. Try local-favorite breakfast at Jervois Cafe, and then take the ferry across the harbor to Grand Cayman Beach.
(6) Exumas, Bahamas
Set in the West Indies off the northern coast of Jamaica, the Exumas are surrounded by a 1,500-mile line of reefs.
On the largest island, Berry Islands, you’ll find the Blue Hole, one of the largest freshwater caves in the world. In June, the waters swell to 16 feet and become a popular area for surfing and snorkeling.
(7) Long Island, New York
More than 85 percent of Long Island’s 20-plus miles of shoreline is protected from overdevelopment.
“The Deep Shore” beaches are shallow and make for a great beginner beach. Snorkel among the coral and keep an eye out for sea turtles, particularly on Pink Beach and Fire Island.
The only people you’ll see are the fishermen who stop by for some fresh seafood.
(8) Silver Strand, California
Sitting just north of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this beach has been ranked one of the nation’s best for good reason.
Home to the Silver Strand State Beach, this spot features tide pools and plenty of tide pools.
Walk into the surf and watch as the sand “flips” and settles over the waves.
(9) Kalaloch, Washington
Proudly standing in a protected cove, this remote beach is the backdrop for the book “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming” and the movie.
It’s just one of several beautiful places to soak up the Pacific Northwest sunshine in the Pacific Northwest.
The beach’s proximity to the Olympic Mountains makes for a crisp, refreshing dip on warm days, and its shallow water means you can swim in for as long as you like.
(10) North Coast, California
The North Coast of California is one of the least-visited stretches of beach in the world.
The city of Mendocino, located at the northern tip of the coast, has some of the best restaurants in Northern California.
Hike to Devils Peak, where you can see the rugged coast line of the Mendocino headlands.
(11) Outer Banks, North Carolina
Known as the “world’s easiest, most-visited” beaches, the Outer Banks are located at the tip of the Atlantic Ocean.
The coast of North Carolina is formed of sand dunes, which can be easily walked to (unless it’s high tide).
Explore the dunes and sea caves, and then grab a bucket of seafood at one of the popular shacks. Hikers can follow the sea caves along the beach, and soak up the sun along the wide beaches and soft sand.
(12) Crystal Pier, Long Beach, California
On the rocky-rimmed coast of Long Beach, head to the Crystal Pier to watch boogie boards slice through the waves or rent a surfboard.
(13) Dauphin Island, Alabama
At the northern tip of Dauphin Island, there’s a massive sliver of beach along Mobile Bay.
After a short walk from the ferry, dive into the gulf to catch a tarpon, or follow the lighthouse, which has a sandy beach for the next .6 miles.
Grab some seafood or tenderloin at one of the popular restaurants, and then walk along the water for the rest of your beach vacation.
(14) Daniel Island, South Carolina
South Carolina’s largest barrier island is a little-known, but bustling retreat just off the coast of Charleston.
A sandy beach runs from one end of the island, making it easy for everyone to enjoy the water and sand.
Daniel Island was the first master-planned community in the country and is now home to both a campus of the University of South Carolina, and numerous private homes.
(15) Crescent Beach, Virginia
After taking a ferry from the mainland in the Potomac, make your way to the beach.
This protected bay is one of the few locations along the East Coast where striped bass are permitted to spawn in deep, clean waters.
Catch a great blue crab or enjoy a cocktail at one of the restaurants.
(16) Virginia Beach, Virginia
If you’re driving from the North Carolina coast to Virginia, you’ll pass the southernmost tip of the Outer Banks, then reach the vibrant cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
This area has plenty to offer, from world-famous sunsets to a variety of waterfront dining. On a clear day, you can even spot the Statue of Liberty.
For a perfect destination, check out Newport, Virginia, home to a wide array of beaches, both near and far.
(17) The Inlet, Maine
A white-sand beach, wild beach mice, and sparkling water surround The Inlet, which is popular for summer tourists looking for sun and surf.
The main feature of The Inlet is Kittery Point, where lobster fishermen and local families live.
(18) Sewell’s Point, Florida
On the coast of Gulf-front community South Walton, you’ll find this rocky outcropping.
The Florida panhandle has many beaches, but none quite like Sewell’s Point, which is known for being one of the most clean and fun in the area.
(19) Rhode Island Beach, Rhode Island
There’s a ton to do on the coast of Rhode Island, including family-friendly activities like boat tours and zip-lining.
But the beach itself is special, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the rocky cliffs. After going in the water, walk along the cliffside or enjoy a beachside bar and grill.
(20) Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
Along the Carolina coast, you’ll find the country’s oldest continuously managed beach.
Sullivan’s Island is named after Charles Sullivan, who built the house in 1660 and lived there until the Civil War.
The house was restored by the Sullivans when they returned to South Carolina, so you can tour the hallways and learn about the history that built this beach community.
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