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Boat & Off-Shore Snorkeling: What You Should Know


Snorkeling is a great way to explore the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the water. Whether you’re in a boat or on shore, there are some important things you should know before you take the plunge. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of snorkeling, how they are different, and how to stay safe while enjoying this activity. Let’s get started!

Types Of Snorkeling

While snorkeling on a boat versus snorkeling off a beach may seem like pretty similar activities, they can differ quite a bit in terms of safety and accessibility.

Boat Snorkeling

Boat snorkeling is a great way to explore the depths of the ocean, and it offers more than regular beach snorkeling. You can usually access deeper coral reefs which are home to a plethora of beautiful creatures. While exploring these underwater colonies you may witness fish of all kinds and sizes, different types of sea plants, starfishes, turtles, and much more! You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing sea-dwellers that wouldn’t see if you stayed close to shore.

While it offers a much better experience due to its unrestricted nature, you have to pay close attention to your own safety and also be aware of other members in your group. It’s important that you follow all instructions from your captain so everyone can enjoy the snorkeling session safely.

With a little bit of knowledge, boat snorkeling is easily the best way to explore whatever tropical destination you are in.

The best way to go boat snorkeling is often to book with a tour company. Experienced tour companies will provide you with all the necessary gear, as well as an experienced guide who can show you the most beautiful spots and creature hotspots. They also provide safety information and advice on tips for boat snorkeling, so even first-timers can feel comfortable trying out this fun activity.

Beach/Shore Snorkeling

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to get out on the water shore or beach snorkeling might be perfect for you. All you have to do is locate a beach or popular snorkeling spot near you – depending on where you live, this could mean a nearby beach or bay – grab some basic gear, and you’re ready! Beach snorkeling is accessible for all ages and abilities, so even if you don’t have a boat, it’s still possible to experience all that the water has to offer. Plus knowing that your journey begins (and ends) just steps away from dry land can help ease any reservations about venturing into the unknown.

Basic Snorkeling Safety

To ensure you stay safe while snorkeling and have a good time, there are some basic tips to keep in mind.

Always snorkel with a buddy – you never know when you might need help or need someone to look out for sharks and other animals to avoid. You should also pick areas with lifeguard supervision so someone can assist if needed. Make sure to wear the proper life jacket so you can stay afloat, use sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays, and give sea animals their space – approaching them too closely can be dangerous and/or illegal. While not necessary, when snorkeling it could help to bring items such as a first aid kit and some food/water if you plan on staying out for a while.

By following these safety tips you can have enjoyable experiences out on the ocean while keeping your adventures safe!

Kauai Sea Tours Boat Snorkeling Tours

Ready to make your ocean exploration dreams come true? Visit us at Kauai Sea Tours! Our experienced staff and sturdy vessels will transport you to the best waters off the coast of Kauai in style and safety. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day in the sun or an adventurous journey full of sea life sightings, we have tours to help with that.  Give us a call or stop by to learn more!

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