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What To Know Before Snorkeling In Hawaii

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Snorkeling in Hawaii is an unforgettable experience, but there are a few things you should know before you go. In this post, we’ll tell you about the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii, what to bring with you, and how to stay safe while snorkeling. So, if you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and want to include some snorkeling, keep reading!

What To Wear Snorkeling In Hawaii

You should always wear a wetsuit while snorkeling. Beyond temperature, wearing a wetsuit will help protect your skin from jellyfish and other things you might brush against underwater.

In addition to a wetsuit, we recommend wearing a life jacket when snorkeling and bringing water shoes with you. The life jacket will help you float and stay above the surface of the water, and the water shoes will protect your feet from urchins and other things on the ocean floor.

You should also wear a swimsuit under your wet suit. You’ll want to wear something that provides ample coverage and mobility. Tube-top swimsuits, strapless bikini tops, extra long swim trunks, and other trendy or fashionable swimwear choices aren’t ideal for snorkeling excursions.

Preparing For Your Hawaii Snorkeling Adventures

Before you get in the water, make sure to fill out any waivers required for your activity. Many savvy visitors to Hawaii book snorkeling tours as a way to find the best snorkeling locations. As a result, many tour companies require guests to fill out liability waivers, medical waivers, and even photo releases. To prepare for a snorkeling excursion, it’s important to fill out these forms in advance.

If you have any medical conditions or concerns, speak with your doctor before snorkeling in Hawaii. Some people may even want to bring a paper copy of their insurance card and emergency contact information with them.

Where To Go Snorkeling

There are many incredible places to snorkel in Hawaii. However, be sure to avoid areas with lots of people or traffic. Hawaii has some beautiful coral reefs, but too much human contact can damage the reef and other marine life. When you’re choosing a snorkeling spot, try looking for locations along popular beaches where crowds are minimal.

It’s a well-known fact that Kauai is the least crowded of the main Hawaiian islands. As a result, Kauai can be a great place for snorkeling without the worry of running into large groups of people. Some of the best places to snorkel in Kauai include:

Poipu Beach Park

This is one of the best places to snorkel in Kauai, and it’s located on the south shore. The reef around Poipu Beach is shallow and easily accessible from shore, so you can spend as much time as you want underwater without worrying about getting back to land. What makes Poipu Beach such a great place to snorkel is the number of fish you’ll see here. There’s nothing like looking out over a school of bright yellow butterflyfish, or watching a turtle swim by while you’re underwater.

Nawiliwili Harbor

If you’re looking for a more secluded snorkeling spot, Nawiliwili Harbor is the perfect choice. It’s located near Lihue, so it can be a little trickier to get to than Poipu Beach, but it’s worth the travel time, especially if you’re looking for an adventure. You’ll see colorful fish and coral reefs when you snorkel in this area.

Lydgate Beach Park

This is another good snorkeling spot on Kauai’s south shore. The calm and shallow waters of Lydgate Beach make it a great location for beginners. Plus, the rocky walls near the surrounding cliff offer an extra element of intrigue and excitement during your snorkeling trip.

Na Pali Coast

While you can’t snorkel exactly on the Na Pali Coast, you can get very close to it. If you book a tour through a tour company such as Kauai Sea Tours, you can explore the most iconic coastline of Kauai, the rugged Na Pali Coast. Pro Tip: Kauai Sea Tours even provides snorkeling equipment!

Whether you want to snorkel off the south shore or the north side of Kauai, we recommend using a guide service. Not only do they know all of the best locations for snorkeling, but they can also provide you with expert guidance and knowledge about Hawaii’s reefs and ecosystems.

Tips For The Best Hawaiian Snorkeling Experience Possible

If you’re visiting Hawaii, snorkeling should be one of the top things on your list. To get the most out of your experience, here are some tips to remember:

    • Pack sunscreen and water
    • Make sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times when you’re in the water
    • Wear a swimsuit under your clothes while snorkeling to stay warm
    • You shouldn’t touch the reef. Especially avoid stepping on it or digging into it with your flippers
    • Don’t forget to look up once in a while! You never know what you might see
    • Bring a waterproof camera to capture your unforgettable snorkeling memories
    • Don’t forget to have fun!

Come Snorkeling With Kauai Sea Tours

For a top-tier snorkeling experience on Kauai, look no further than Kauai Sea Tours. With a knowledgeable crew and a fleet of rafts and catamarans, Kauai Sea Tours is ready to bring you and your family to the best snorkeling destinations around the island. We even provide snorkeling gear and have waterproof cameras available for rent. Book your snorkeling tour today!

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