Snorkeling is a great way to get a glimpse of the incredible underwater world surrounding the islands without having to go through training or cash out. To snorkel, all you need is a mask, snorkel and fins; however, tours also off er lessons, factoids, gear, transportation to snorkeling hot spots and sometimes, even lunch.
If HANAUMA BAY has been checked off your list, try KAILUA BEACH PARK on the Windward side of the island, or TURTLE CANYON off Waikiki Beach (which will require a boat tour to access).
The NORTH SHORE also offers great snorkeling spots. One such reef abode is MALAEKAHANA BEACH PARK; another is SHARK’S COVE. Located just past Waimea Bay, this spot offers a small parking lot that fills up quickly and tide pools for those who prefer wading. However, only visit this spot during calm waves.
Another good North Shore spot is KUILIMA COVE at Turtle Bay, which is perfect for beginners and calm even during big North Shore surf. Parking is located on the grounds of Turtle Bay Resort on the right-hand side near the tennis courts.