Go SnorkelingBig Island

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.

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 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.

Aloha Kayak Company (808) 322-2868
Body Glove (800) 551-8911
Captain Zodiac (808) 329-3199
Dolphin Discoveries (808) 322-8000
Fair Wind Cruises (808) 322-2788 or (800) 677-9461
Hawaii Island & Ocean Tours (808) 313-1116
Kamanu Charters (808) 329-2021
Lava Ocean Tours (808) 966-4200
Maui Babe (808) 244-2102
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