Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations and snorkeling is one of the most common activities people can do right on the beach. Snorkelling is a fantastic way to see marine life up close without venturing too far out to sea and it doesn’t require much equipment.
South Carolina has many beautiful beaches that offer visitors exciting snorkeling opportunities. Some excellent snorkeling beaches include Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Edisto Beach, Lake Jocassee, Fripp Island, Ocean Lakes and Kiawah Island.
While the more adventurous typically head to Myrtle Beach for surfing, parasailing and jet skiing, there’s a vast, mysterious underwater world worth exploring on your next shore excursion. Scuba diving in Myrtle Beach is subtly increasing among couples, groups and, yes, even families.
Gulf Shores is a premier snorkeling destination and features a seawall, piers, and bridge piers. These are all ideal habitats for marine life and you have a unique opportunity to see this life up close and personal.
Snorkeling is generally very safe if you monitor water conditions and snorkel within your physical limits. However, many people assume that snorkeling is safer than scuba diving.
Although swimming with wild dolphins is intentionally illegal in the state, Myrtle Beach still offers some opportunities to see dolphins in the wild, but only from a safe distance.
Tybee Island is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. With five miles of beautiful beach and temperate weather there is ample opportunity for sunbathing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and much more!
4) Dive with sharks. Get up close and personal with these oh-so-vicious bad boys of the sea on this underwater experience at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. You must be a certified diver to participate, but all your scuba gear, including a wetsuit, is provided.
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You don’t technically have to know how to swim to snorkel. This is because there are pieces of equipment that can help non-swimmers get in the water to snorkel. This includes life jackets, wetsuits and fins.
Preliminary data from a study published last week suggests that oxygen starvation caused by a rapidly onset pulmonary edema known as ROPE is the most likely cause of fatal and near-fatal drowning with snorkeling is. ROPE drowning is different in that a person does not necessarily have to breathe water.
Do not touch coral, fish or turtles. The only things you are safe to touch are sand and rocks and water (so including your flippers). Read our snorkeling etiquette page to learn how to develop skills to pause in the water without having to stand. Do not use harmful sunscreen.
Department of Health data shows that more than 128 visitors have drowned while snorkeling in Hawaii’s waters since 2005, from Maui’s Kaanapali to Oahu’s Shark’s Cove to Kauai’s Haena Beach Park. Most of them were men in their 50s and 60s, and more than 40% had heart problems.