Fish and other marine life near a reef

SNORKELING Big Island’s crystal-clear waters is an easy way to spot marine life.

KEALAKEKUA BAY, an UNDER-WATER 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 KOHALA COAST and PĀWAI 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:

• Never snorkel alone. Hang with a buddy.

• Whenever possible, snorkel in the morning, when fish are more active and water clarity is at its peak.

• Marine life tends to congregate around structures, so stick to reefs for a face-to-face encounter.

• Don’t feed the fish.

• Be respectful of the ocean. Avoid standing on coral, as broken coral takes many years to grow back.

To learn more about hazards and rip currents go to: ripcurrents.noaa.gov. For the latest on beach conditions, go to hawaiibeachsafety.com/big-island.

BODY GLOVE 800-551-8911
DOLPHIN DISCOVERIES 808-322-8000
HAWAII NAUTICAL (808-234-7245
SNORKEL BOB’S 808)-329-0770 KONA OR 808-885-9499