Snorkeling the Big Island’s crystal-clear water is an easy way to spot marine life.
Kealakekua Bay, an underwater marine preserve that is a resting area for dolphins and the site of the Captain Cook Monument, is a popular destination. So are the pristine waters off the Kohala Coast and Pawai Bay.
Snorkel gear can be rented or purchased. In either case, all you’ll need is a mask, a snorkel and some fins. Gear comes in many sizes and shapes, but be sure you find a good fit.
You also can go snorkeling in style aboard a catamaran. This typically includes plenty of food, cocktails, restrooms and lots of flotation equipment.
Here are a few safety tips:
1. Never snorkel alone. Hang with a buddy. 2. Whenever possible, snorkel in the morning, when fish are
more active and water clarity is at its peak. 3. Marine life tends to congregate around structures, so
stick to reefs for a face-to-face encounter. 4. Don’t feed the fish.
5. Even on the cloudiest of days, use waterproof sunscreen. 6. Take a small cooler with bottled water, snacks and food. 7. Snorkeling isn’t so much about swimming as it is about
floating. Stay relaxed, float and kick only when necessary. 8. Be respectful of the ocean. Avoid standing on coral, as
broken coral takes many years to grow back. 9. Don’t combine snorkeling with alcohol or drugs.
• Adventures in Paradise Snorkeling Trips (808) 323-3005 or (800) 979-3370 • Adventure X Rafting (808) 937-7245 • Aloha Kayak Company (808) 322-2868 • Body Glove (800) 551-8911 • Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions (808) 329-3199 • Dolphin Discoveries (808) 322-8000 • Fair Wind Cruises (808) 345-0244 • Hanamana (808) 936-5855 • Lava Ocean Adventures (808) 966-4200 • Kamanu Charters (808) 329-2021 • Sea Paradise (808) 322-2500 or (800) 322-5662 • Sea Quest (808) 329-7238 • Snorkel Bob’s Kona (808) 329-0770 or Mauna Lani
(Kohala Coast/Waikoloa) (808) 885-9499 • Splasher’s Ocean Adventures (808) 326-4774