It’s a beautiful day, and you’re snorkeling. Alone among the waves and the marine life, you’re enjoying the peace of swimming among creatures not of your everyday world – the world of traffic jams, screaming kids, and email.
When you see the beautiful coral ridges, you naturally want to touch them, if only to confirm that this awe-inspiring formation is real. So your caress it with your hand. No, it isn’t a curb waiting to bend scrape your hubcap. It’s what you suspected – an environmentally sensitive apartment complex for a host of fish and plants.
In fact, this reef is so inviting that you want to put your feet down to further anchor yourself to its splendor. As you do, a sea turtle paddles by and, just like that, you’re swimming after it. You want to catch it. Not to harm it, of course, but to touch it—to make sure that, like the reef, the turtle is real.
Nobody blames you for acting on any of the impulses while snorkeling. Hawaii’s waters are filled with some of the best snorkeling spots in the world – including the popular Ahihi-Kina’u conservation area in Makena – and wanting to get up-close-and-personal with everything under the water is understandable.
But don’t do it. Among other things, it can damage the fragile ecosystems you’re enjoying, as well as endanger yourself and the marine life. So, to enjoy the many snorkeling spots Hawaii has to offer while preserving them for future generations, please abide by the following simple rules:
1) Never touch the coral.
2) Never put your fee down while snorkeling near living systems.
3) Don’t chase or touch the sea turtles and maintain a five-foot distance.
4) Don’t snorkel alone. Always have a buddy, in case of an emergency.
Now that you know how to snorkel safely and sustainably, here are our favorite places to go:
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.