Doing things with your kids is infinitely better for their development than buying things for them. It’s a lot easier, we know, to just get them a toy and call it a day. But, if you really want to shape them and mold them into independent, loving, healthy people, you are going to have to invest a good deal more than money. We suggest you take the kids snorkeling. There are a number of health benefits for them (and you), and they will enjoy the memories made while on, and under, the water.
First things first, you will need to get some snorkeling gear for kids. In the beginning, it’s ok to get an entry level set up that will probably range between $13 and $69. Your kids will be able to use these in the ocean and the pool or bathtub. Make sure you get an easily adjustable mask that doesn’t leak and adjustable fins so that they can grow with your child. Then, check out these places to snorkel with your kids!
Great Places to Take the Kids Snorkeling
If you have long loved the beach, it is probably a good time to instill that love in your own children. Plan an opportunity to visit one of these great places to take the kids snorkeling. You can show them some incredible sights and encourage them to seek out the wonder in life. Introducing them to marine life and the love of natural beauty will do a great deal for their morale and appreciation of the world around them. Therefore, don’t miss these incredible places for your family snorkeling excursions:
- Molokini Crater– If you ever happen to get your family over to Maui, this crater is only a few miles away from the shore. Your kids will have access to sights that include over 250 species of fish and nearly 40 types of coral. There are dolphins and sea turtles there as well. It is, essentially, a paradise that your kids will probably never want to leave. And, you can see 150 feet down into its clear water. Follow this link for additional information.
- Watermelon Cay– If Maui isn’t calling you, maybe the British Virgin Islands, particularly St. John, will. You’ll need to take the kids on a hike along the Leinster Bay Trail before you make it to the beach. But once you have enjoyed that hike, you will be able to offer them snorkeling that could potentially give them glimpses of parrotfish, Bluehead grasses, blue tangs, starfish, rays, and turtles. And, there are colorful sponges and coral too. Be sure to keep your eye out for nurse sharks, especially if their babies are nearby.
- Margaritaville– Jimmy Buffet knew what he was talking about. Located in Cozumel, Mexico, his theme song locale will provide you with incredible views of coral and scores of fish. There’s a waterpark that offers a slide from the pool into the ocean. Those Caribbean waters are something you do not want your kids to miss, even if you’re enjoying a frozen concoction on the water’s edge.
- Tamarindo Beach– You’ll need to hop on the ferry to reach this island off of Puerto Rico, Culebra. But once you’re there, you will enjoy the coral reef, sea turtles, blue tang, and manta rays. By the way, this is a protected wildlife refuge. And, there are a number of endangered sea turtles that consider this their nesting grounds. Learn more about nesting cycles.
If you need some other places to go snorkeling with the family, here’s another great resource.