Hawaii, a dream destination for some, a cluster of islands, a paradise on earth. Renowned for its landscapes, waterfalls, beaches with red, gold, black and even unthinkable green sands, Hawaii is one of the best places for water sports. From surfing and parasailing to deep sea diving and snorkelling, the place offers a variety of activities for your personal needs and preferences. But the sport that stands out the most, the most demanded activity on the Hawaiian Islands is snorkelling.
Snorkelling is one of the best vacation activities. It is cheap, anyone can do it, and it is educational in its own way. The water on these islands offer a breath-taking view of reefs and a plethora of wildlife to be explored. Geographically this region lies in the tropical zone, so the water is warm all-round the year. This makes your vacation planning much easier as it is open for all seasons.
Following are Hawaii’s best spots for snorkelling:
1. Tunnels Beach, Kauai
Tunnels beach is nestled between green mountains, has turquoise water and is one of the best spots for snorkelling. The currents at this beach can be strong though, so check the conditions before heading out
2. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island
Underwater Kealakekua has a vibrant coral reefs and different species of fishes. The water has great visibility so if you are lucky you might even spot spinner dolphins
3. Honolua Bay, Maui
With the right ocean conditions Honolua Bay is perfect for snorkelling. It is one of the most famous places in Hawaii so it will always be crowded with tourists. Leave early to make the most of your activity
4. Molokini Crater, Maui
Molokini is a crescent shaped volcanic crater just off the coast of Maui. You will have to take a boat ride to reach the crater but the experience will be unforgettable. The crescent shape adds to your advantage since it prevents currents and winds making the water crystal clear blue.
5. Hanauma Bay, Oahu
One of the most popular tourist destinations, this place averages around 3000 tourists a day. Though this place is the most visited by people it is also the top spot for drownings. Snorkelers will be shown a safety video to make them understand the risks involved
6. Shark’s Cove, Oahu
This is the only spot in Hawaii that is limited by season as it has massive waves during the winter. But during the summers it is the perfect spot for snorkelling as the surf calms down. The area is naturally split into two, one is enclosed by rocks thus preventing the effect of waves making it an ideal spot for beginners and children, the other area opens into the ocean which can be used by more experienced snorkelers.
7. Holupoe Bay, Lanai
Dolphins and sea turtles are the major attraction at this small island and is one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets
I hope this article was successful on throwing some light to the biggest attraction of Hawaii. So head on out and have a great time snorkelling