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Snorkeling in Hawaii: Here Fishy Fishy!

Hawaii’s landscape is undoubtedly gorgeous, but when you submerge yourself under the water’s surface, a whole new world to behold comes to life. The snorkeling on Hawaii is world class, and there are many reasons why. Highlighted by intricate reefs, colorful marine life and crystal clear water, snorkeling is the pastime of choice here. Check out these breathtaking spots to snorkel.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu:

Although this location tends to get crowded, it’s popular for a reason. The water is always warm and calm, providing the best spot for people with kids. The fish are friendly and swim right around your legs, featuring spectacular reef and in-shore fish indigenous to the area. There’s a shallow bay area that’s great for amateurs, but for those more experienced snorkelers, you can confidently head through the reef to the cove called Witch’s Brew. The waters are more choppy here, so be careful.

Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai:

This is best visited in the summer months when the seas are calmer. Snorkel amidst the Na Pali Coast cliff faces above you while you enjoy the many varieties of colorful fish and even sea turtles if you’re lucky. When done, relax on Ke‘e Beach backed by ironwood trees and coconut palms.

Makaha Beach, Oahu:

Another popular spot to snorkel is Makaha Beach featuring aqua blue, calm water that allows for superb summer snorkeling. Have fun navigating the underwater caverns, tunnels and arches, with some of the valleys descending as much as 40 feet. In addition to fish life, you’ll find octopus, eel, green sea turtles, dolphins, and even manta or eagle rays.

Molokini Crater, Maui:

You can only get to this half-sunken volcanic crater by boat so you’ll have to arrange for an excursion. That should be no problem with Hoku Hawaii Tours on your side! Great visibility here, allowing you to see clearly at least 150 feet down. As many as 250 fish species call this crater home and many only live here and nowhere else on the planet. Take your time enjoying this rainbow of fish. You won’t be able to look away!

Anini Beach, Kauai:

Ideal for novices, these waters are mostly shallow but it boasts the biggest reef in all of Kauai. While beginners do well here, it’s important to watch out when the tides are on their way out, as they can be quite strong.

Kapalua Bay, Maui:

Highlighted by a sandy beach, head to the north side where the snorkeling is best because of the calm waters.

Poipu Beach, Kauai:

With a cove protected from the elements, you get a great opportunity to snorkel without feeling vulnerable. Head to the far right side of the beach for the best snorkeling experience.

Come get your snorkeling on! There are many tours and excursions available, so book early and enjoy one of the best ways to experience Hawaii: underwater.