Go Snor­kel­ing

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

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

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