Go Snor­kel­ing

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

Snor­kel­ing the Big Is­land’s crys­tal-clear wa­ters 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.

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