Snorkeling Around Long Island

Fancy a little variety in your life?  Then snorkeling the waters that surround Long Island is just the ticket for you.  With access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from either coast, you'll be able to compare and contrast how the difference in each body of water has an affect on local marine life.

Start your snorkeling adventure with a trip to the Atlantic side, where you'll discover corals that have evolved to withstand the rugged conditions that the ocean is known for.  This makes for unique formations that can be startling, but they are also bright and intriguing.

On the Caribbean side, the coral is softer, rounded, and more pliable.  These reefs do not have to withstand such harsh conditions, and thanks to clearer waters, they are easier for snorkelers to see from greater distances. Regardless of what side you're on, shallow reefs are available right off shore and easily accessible from your favorite beach if you aren't up for signing up for a tour that will take you to some of the best outlying sites – though many local accommodations offer tours to their guests as a part of their stay.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to explore what's down below you might enjoy visiting Dean's Blue Hole. Considered to be one of the deepest blue holes in the world, this wonder was created when an ancient cave system collapsed into the ocean. Today, it ranges from five to 500 feet deep, making it fun for both snorkelers and divers to experience along with the protective reef near the mouth of the small bay that it lies within. This snorkeling site is located within the southeastern part of Long Island.

The table right below lists some key facts regarding one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Long Island
Site Location Island
Dean's Blue Hole 2.9 mi. West of Central Clarence Town Long Island

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Sandy shores lead to shallow waters filled with intriguing marine life surrounding Long Island.  If you can make plans to visit both coasts you'll have even more memories to share. 


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