Raja Ampat, Indonesia - This region is heralded worldwide for its incredible coral-reef biodiversity. The many islands of the Misool area are so protected from rough ocean conditions that exotic soft corals of every hue, from flaming orange to pale lavender and hot pink, can be found within a few feet of the surface. The last count by ichthyologists recorded 1,704 different fish species in Raja Ampat.
Hanauma Bay Preserve ~ One of the best snorkeling spots in the world. They limit the number of visitors per day. I made the mistake of not wearing flippers and accidentally sliced my toe open on some coral!
Bagan, Virtually all of Bagan’s 3,000 temples, pagodas and shrines are active and in good repair today, maintained for religious use by both locals and distant benefactors. Most were built between the 9th and 13th centuries.
Snorkeling with the Pacific Whale Foundation at Molokini Crater, Maui