This page is brought to you by Pride of Maui offering fun-filled, action-packed snorkeling/sailing trips to Maui's Molokini.
Snorkeling is a great way to explore the beauty of our underwater world.
Here are six places the family can learn about coral reefs, colorful fish and more:
Snorkel and Sail. Climb aboard the custom built Alii Nu for a morning of sunshine and snorkeling in crystal clear tropical waters. Enjoy a breakfast on board the catamaran before donning fins, mask and snorkel and embarking on your seafaring safari. Younger children can take advantage of boogie boards and water noodles to conserve energy while scoping out coral, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish under the surface. Rinse off and enjoy lunch on deck while sailing back to the dock. For certified scuba divers, tanks are available.
Contact: 1- 800-542-3483; www.aliinuimaui.com/maui-snorkeling.htm
Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua.” Mom! I saw a barracuda!” That,from an excited ten-year-old boy fresh from one of two daily snorkeling excursions to a nearby reef. When visiting this family-owned and operated, all- inclusive resort in the West Indies, all snorkeling gear, as well as an in- the- water guide is included with your stay. Tired of the underwater scenery? Kids will fall into bed each night exhausted from sampling the extensive water sports that include water skiing, sailing, rafting, deep sea fishing, paddle boating and kayaking. Ask about summer deals.
Westin St. John Resort & Villas. US Virgin Islands. There are few places on the planet that provide better family-friendly underwater scenery. Eyes will widen with wonder while exploring the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Created in 2001, you can enjoy the 12,708 acres of submerged land within a three-mile belt off St. John. You’ll also want to check out Trunk Bay the island’s number one snorkel destination with its famed underwater nature trail. Dry off and relax within the 47-acre, palm-studded resort. Book the Unwind On Island Time package and enjoy free snorkel gear for the entire stay.
Contact: (866) 716-8108: http://deals.westin.com/Westin-St-John-Resort-1098/SO.htm?EM=Rogue_SOPLink_WI_1098_SEC
Wyndham Rio Mar Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico. Hop on board the catamaran and sail to a nearby coral reef where the boat will anchor. The entire family can snorkel among the live reefs where hundreds of colorful fish will come forward to be hand fed. Enjoy a picnic style lunch before returning to the mile-long, palm lined beach. Later explore the adjacent rain forest, learn about the island’s rich culture and history, play golf or tennis or relax by the pool. Check out the summer specials.
Contact: 877-999-3223 http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SJURM/specialoffers/main.wnt
Sanctuary M.V. Eclipse. Galapagos Islands. Explore these magical islands from the comfort of this sea craft and have the opportunity to snorkel among sea lions, sea turtles and a rainbow of fish that will delight every explorer in your family. Take in deep water coves and Rábida, a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a red sand beach. Home to a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site, it’s considered among the best snorkeling sites in the islands. The use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits is complimentary. Snorkeling activities take place before or after island excursions to see the blue-footed boobies and so much more.
Contact: 44 (0)20 7190 7749; http://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/cruises/
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Fort Lauderdale, FL. With several packages offering equipment and instruction for beginning and experienced snorkelers, families will enjoy this recently renovated resort on South Florida’s largest private beach, near one of the best shore diving locations in the U.S. Consider the Beach-Bound Getaway package that includes all kids’ meals for ages 12 and under, 20% savings off all resort outlets and a daily resort credit to that covers daily snorkeling. Don’t miss the new kid’s clubhouse with a Hawaiian Surf Simulator allowing one to four children at a time to “surf” the waves.