Joel Simon

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12th June 2007

Joel Simon entered the world at 5:18 a.m. on May 28, 1951 and has rarely been awake that early since. He is a travel operator [] , marine biologist and freelance photographer [ ]with over 20 years of experience in leading group tours. He has designed and directed educational travel programs on all seven continents and has traveled to over 100 countries worldwide. He is the President of Sea for Yourself, a travel company offering small group marine ecology programs for snorkelers of all ages and skill levels to destinations worldwide. During his tenure as Snorkeling Editor for Skin Diver Magazine, he published dozens of articles on snorkeling technique and destinations, many of which can be found on the Sea for Yourself website. He lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife and three children.

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Joel Simon's activity

  1. September 2007
  2. Joel Simon rated Underwater Bonaire

  3. Joel Simon reviewed Underwater Bonaire in Netherlands Antilles

    For over 25 years, this small, arid Dutch island located only 50 miles north of Venezuela, has carefully guarded its primary resource---a lush band of fringing reef that encircles the entire island. The Bonaire Marine Park, which protects the marine env…"

  4. Joel Simon reviewed Vanua Levu snorkeling spots in Fiji

    Starting in California where I live, Fiji is one of the most accessible South Pacific snorkeling destinations. Besides the remarkable reefs, Fiji fits the image of “tropical paradise” many of us share: palm-studded white sand beaches, clear water, and …"

  5. Joel Simon reviewed Snorkelling around Roatán in Roatán, Honduras

    In contrast to most other Caribbean destinations, many of Roatan’s reefs feature a broad shallow terrace of luxuriant lettuce coral, edged by dramatic vertical drop-offs starting in only 15 – 20 feet of water. In addition to the coral, prolif…"

  6. Joel Simon rated Snorkelling around Roatán

  7. Joel Simon rated Snorkeling Palau

  8. Joel Simon rated Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

  9. Joel Simon rated Vanua Levu snorkeling spots

  10. Joel Simon rated Snorkeling Lighthouse Reef

  11. Joel Simon reviewed Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef in Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    The Great Barrier Reef is appropriately described by superlatives. It's the largest organic structure ever created on the planet. At 1250 miles long, it's easily viewed from outer space, and its broad frontiers encompass one of the world’s most diverse …"

  12. Joel Simon reviewed Snorkeling Lighthouse Reef in Belize

    Lighthouse Reef houses the famous Blue Hole, a geologic structure that offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Essentially a grand cavern whose roof collapsed long ago, the Blue Hole is famous for its perfectly circular shape—1000 feet in d…"

  13. Joel Simon reviewed Snorkeling Palau in Palau

    The islands of the Republic of Palau, scattered across the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, are a literal paradise, a place where the tropical sun sparkles off the sea, gentle breezes whisper through coconut fronds, fish jump and birds soar. Conside…"