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Snorkeling in Hawaii


Snorkeling in Hawaii: Tips to Have the Most Fun

Ocean snorkeling is an absolute must for anyone who takes a Hawaii vacation. It’s cheap, it’s all-ages, it’s easy, and it’s fun.

But there are a few things that every snorkeler should be aware of before they hit the water.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your Hawaii snorkeling adventure.

Wear Sun Protection

Rash guard and sunscreen are both great ways to stay safe from the Hawaii sun, which can give you serious burns if you aren’t careful.

Rent or Buy High-Quality Gear

The whole point of snorkeling is to enjoy yourself and see some marine life.

But leaky equipment can get really annoying, really fast. Save money on your next snorkeling adventure by taking a discounted snorkeling tour, then use the extra money to buy the right gear.

Choose the Right Fins

The fins should be snug, but not too tight. If they’re too loose, they might come off while you’re swimming.

However, it’s better to choose fins that are a little too big than too small. Fins that are too tight, especially around your toes, will start hurting while you’re out in the water.

Pick the Right Mask

Finding fins that fit is just as important as finding snug masks. The right mask size and shape will keep water from filling it up and obstructing your vision.


Fog can also get annoying pretty quickly, so look for a commercial defogger to help keep your mask clean and clear. If you’re really on a budget, try coating the mask with your saliva.

Use a Dry Snorkel

These are the snorkels with self-sealing tops. When the tip drops beneath the surface of the water, they close up so water doesn’t get in. Alternately, choose ones that have splash guards.

If water does get in, simply blast it out with some air and inhale slowly to see if the water has been completely cleared.

Don’t Push Yourself

You don’t need to go too hard or too far to have a good time. Staying safe and relaxed is key for having an enjoyable snorkeling adventure. If you need to take a break, just grab a bite to eat, take a rest, and hit the water when you’re refreshed and energized.

Take Hawaii Snorkeling Tours

There are a few top snorkeling spots around Hawaii, such as Hanauma Bay.

It’s a great place to go snorkeling, but be sure to check out some of the guided snorkeling tours out in the open water. Boats will take you to the best snorkeling spots off the coast, which you’d never be able to reach otherwise.

Look, But Don’t Touch

Don’t touch any of the marine life you come across, including coral. Coral is a living organism, so if you touch or stand on coral reefs, you can easily hurt them and the fish that call the reefs their home.

Also consider that sea life can hurt you. Some fish can sting. And some shells have stingers that can be deadly.

Don’t Feed the Fish

“Leave no finprint” should be your motto when you go snorkeling. Both touching and feeding fish can disrupt the natural environment, so be as respectful as possible.

Learn How to Float

If you’re getting tired, don’t stand on coral for a rest. You can swim back to the boat…or you can learn to float.

Floating in saltwater is pretty easy once you get used to it. Just relax on your back, breathe in deeply, and focus on keeping your mouth above the water’s surface.

Are you planning to go snorkeling in Hawaii?

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