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im­pres­sive nat­u­ral won­ders lie un­der the ocean’s waves. Ex­plor­ing them, how­ever, with the req­ui­site tank, mask, and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion needed to scuba dive, is not al­ways at­tain­able—es­pe­cially on a short va­ca­tion. Un­til now. The Four Sea­sons Hualalai, a lux­ury prop­erty on the rugged shore­line of Big Is­land, has a newly launched pro­gram: Snuba. The ho­tel’s King’s Pond is an im­pres­sive 1.8-mil­lion gal­lon wa­ter fea­ture built into the lava rock, which now of­fers guests a unique per­spec­tive on the re­gion’s aquatic wildlife. As with scuba div­ing, Snuba par­tic­i­pants breathe un­der­wa­ter us­ing an oxy­gen mask, but the air source floats on a small raft at the sur­face, con­nect­ing the diver and air via a long hose. This hose al­lows the diver to swim rel­a­tively freely, but only get so deep—about 15 feet max. There is no lengthy train­ing pro­gram re­quired, and guests can go from en­joy­ing break­fast on their ocean­front bal­cony to min­gling with 4,000 fish from 98 dif­fer­ent species (in­clud­ing a spotted ea­gle ray) in just 15 min­utes.

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