You'll spot some of Hawaii's most breathtaking sights underwater. This haven of protected marine life offers a multitude of snorkeling locations. Snorkeling provides the best way to get up close and personal with Hawaii's coral reefs, exotic fish, whales, and green sea turtles. The islands offer warm tropical waters and ideal weather conditions year-round.
To fully experience the versatility of the islands underwater life, you'll need to snorkel a few locations. Some spots offer sights others don't because marine animals, like humans, have certain amenities they look for in a home.
Those with some snorkeling experience shouldn't miss the Night Manta Snorkel on The Big Island. Tour operators run this one from the frontage of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. They deploy waterproof spotlights on the floor of the ocean which attracts plankton. Schools of plankton attract giant Pacific manta rays. They weigh in at about 3,000 pounds with wingspans measuring about 20 feet. These gymnastic creatures graze on plankton while doing backflips.
Hit Poipu Beach Park on Kauai to experience the whales and seals. Kids love the shallow lagoon and he seals sunning on the beach. Snorkelers of all levels love the whales, blue parrotfish, sea cucumbers, and the state fish of Hawaii, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a. (Try to say that fast three times in a row.)
The state doesn't restrict the sport during any time of year, but winter through spring proves the most popular months. Experienced snorkelers swear by summer though, saying the warmth and clear, calm waters make it worth it.
If you don't already dive, learn to snorkel while on vacation in Hawaii. Many tour operators offer certified dive instructors who teach classes. Some of these also rent equipment. These tours use calm waters and book small groups. They are suitable for children and adults.
First-timers and experienced divers find something new on Hawaii's coral reefs. Snorkeling Hawaii lets you experience it's underwater life up close. Your trip to Hawaii remains incomplete until you snorkel its exotic reefs. Book your trip to the islands today.