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There are outstanding locations for snorkeling or diving. Some are even close to the shore and not a boat necessary. Share special places you know and describe what to expect.

SNORKELING: The best time for snorkeling is in the morning with calm sea. Towards the afternoon the sea becomes rough. WEATHER: The best climate is during the dry season (from November until April). May and June is worth a try. Avoid July until October, it's rainy season and there is a higher chance for hurricanes. TOURIST CROWDS: July and August are the Cuban summer holiday and it might get crowded in general. Usually Playa Larga itself isn't that crowded at all. There are casa particulares only, not even one big hotel.

CU Cuba

Avoid cruise ship days. It's completely crowded. If you can't avoid go early not later than 9 a.m. or in the afternoon. Sea is calmer in the morning. Of course best with sunlight. April and May higher chance for sea turtles.

Climate:
The dry season last from December until April/May. Cruise ship season last until late March. Rainy season from June until November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.

DM Dominica

It is less busy in the morning and afternoon. We spotted more fish in the morning. Avoid midday too many snorkelers arriving by boat.

Climate and Crowds

Best months are during the dry season from December until May. Driest months are February to May. Day temperature always around 30 C°/ 86°F. Most sunshine in March. The rainy season lasts from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. Wettest month is September. Minimum water temperature is 27 C°/ 81°F It's more crowded during the dry season, expect higher rates and crowds from mid-December to March. April and May rates decrease and "fewer" tourists except for Easter.

LC Saint Lucia

Ir's a year-round destination for diving. The main season starts in May and lasts until November with its peak in summer.

Best with water temperatures around 28 degrees and even more from June to September. October and November are a little bit cooler, therefore, less busy. Strong winds can occur during autumn, and it can be chilly.

The biggest chance for spotting big fishes from September to November when they migrate from the south to the north with colder ocean currents. 

EG Egypt

The small Lundy Island - just 5 km / 3 miles long -  is very popular for daytrippers during spring and summer. The island is famous for birding, especially the cute puffins. Find more details below. Regarding the weather May to September are the most pleasant months although rain, drizzle, and mist occur throughout the year. It's pretty often unpredictable with very challenging weather conditions. June is the peak for the flowering season. The ferry MS Oldenburg departs from Bideford and Ilfracombe depending on the tide times and takes less than two hours. It's the same for the return ferry trip. Occasionally you arrive at the other port, but a shuttle will bring you back to the car.

Puffins on Lundy Island, Scotland UK

The season on the island starts end of March and ends end of October if travelling by ferry. The island is accessible by helicopter from November to April if you stay in one of the 23 cottages of Lundy. A small number of puffins can be seen in the breeding season. The best months to spot puffins are April to July/early August. However, sightings outside of this period are possible but rare.
 

Crowds


Lundy Island by Steve Hodgson, CC-BY SA

The ferry ride takes less than 2 hours. This makes the island even more popular. People already queue an hour before departure to get a seat. However, you won't find massive crowds on Lundy Island. But still, it's advisable to book the ferry ticket in advance, especially during the weekend and summer holidays. Same for the 23 cottages and the campground. If possible come mid-week when visiting in July or August.  
 

Ferry (MS Oldenburg) and Accommodations


MS Oldenburg Bideford Quays by Andrew, CC BY

  • For 'ferry' booking, you can either give them a call or write them an email: Ferry Booking. Find the timetable here: Ferry Timetable (departing either from Bideford or Ilfracombe)
  • For booking one of the 23 available cottages on the island: Cottage Booking (select 'Lundy' as the region)
  • Whether you're staying for a day trip or longer on the island, it's a must to spend some time in either Bideford or Ilfracombe. Why? The ferry departs directly from both beautiful towns. Book your stay via booking.com as they offer the best rates and top-notch service: Bideford Hotels or Ilfracombe Hotels (Tip: Bookmark both links in case you're not booking right now. It will save you time and money)
     
Diving at Lundy

It's also a top diving destination in the UK; located in the Bristol Channel. The sea around Lundy is the first Marine Nature Reserve in England. Best time for diving and snorkeling during summer due to warmer sea temps. The diving season starts end of April and lasts until the end of September with good visibility. There are more than hundred shipwrecks around Lundy which makes it even more exciting. Due to strong tidal currents, it’s only for experienced divers recommended. A bonus curious grey seals may follow you. Dive Sites
 

Birding Highlights

Razorbill on Lundy Island
Razorbill

Lundy is one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in South West England.

  • Usually, puffins arrive between mid to end of March on Lundy Island for breeding. Puffins are leaving the island in August at the latest. As Lundy Island is rat free now (2019), you can expect a higher number of these gorgeous birds. There is a colony at Jenny's Cove, and even during rat eradication, the pufflings and all other chicks were save there. However, usually you can obserbe them in distance only. Bring a binocular and/or a zoom camera.
  • Seabird breeding colony (guillemot, razorbill, max shearwater, shag, and different gulls) can be spotted from the end of March until September.
  • Migratory birds make a stop on the island from March to June and August to November.
     
Lundy Island Puffin Calendar


 

GB United Kingdom

Ir's a year-round destination for diving. The main season starts in April and lasts until October/November with its peak in summer.

Best with water temperatures around 28 degrees and even more from June to September. October and November are a little bit cooler, therefore, less busy. Strong winds can occur during autumn, and it can be chilly.

The biggest chance for spotting big fishes from September to November when they migrate from the south to the north with colder ocean currents.

 

EG Egypt