Oahu Snorkeling Spots
The underwater world of Hawaii is one of the most beloved and mysterious places in the islands. Colorful marine life calls the island’s reefs homes, and spend their time in underwater rock formations that are hundreds of thousands of years old, in search of food and shelter for their predators. And one of the most popular activities in Hawaii is snorkeling, the only way to truly discover this world, and see some of the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean.
As far as locations for snorkeling, Oahu features some of the most well known snorkeling spots. Whether heading into the ocean from a boat, for from the beach, snorkeling can be done nearly anywhere, so long as the water is calm and clear.
Oahu’s most well known snorkeling spot is Hanauma Bay, the submerged tuff cone that is located on Oahu’s South Shore. Beach access is the only method of entry for the bay, and this popular snorkel spot can be very busy, especially during the summer. Generally, the waters are very calm, due to the protection from the outer reef, and the vibrant fish of Hanauma Bay are incredible. Some of the more common fish are the Parrot Fish, Triggerfish, and once in a while, a Green Sea Turtle. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays, allowing the fish a day to feed an to give a break to the popular snorkel spot, helping to preserve what is left of the once colorful reef.
On the North Shore, Shark’s Cove is the place for snorkeling, and is easy to find. Just off of Kamehameha Highway, the cove is at the bottom of a steep embankment, and offers a protected place to snorkel and enjoy the calm water.
Also on the North Shore, Kaena Point State Park is a hidden secret, where few tend to go. The beach is gorgeous, and the snorkeling is amazing. The waters here can be a rough at times, so exercise caution when entering the water, and always snorkel with a buddy. The vibrant marine life at Kaena Point shows why this is such a great spot for snorkeling, and with very few visitors, provides a great day at the beach.
Remember to always play it safe when entering the water, and if in doubt, don't go out. There are incredible places for snorkeling all over the islands, and Oahu is certainly no exception. Enjoy the time spent in the water at the best snorkeling spots on the island, and remember to treat the ocean with respect so we can preserve the natural beauty for generations to come,
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