Hawaii’s beautiful beaches and warm climate are what make outdoor activities such a big part of any Hawaiian vacation. Thanks to our unique underwater ecosystem, snorkelling has established itself as a tourist favourite! With so many beautiful locations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to snorkel in Hawaii so with that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of some of the most popular locations.
Hanauma Bay, Oahu – Part of the Marine Life Conservation District, Hanauma Bay is sheilded by Maunaloa making the water incredibly clear. With colourful coral and more than 400 different species (including octopus), the Bay is Oahu’s most popular snorkelling destination.
Molokini Crater, Maui – Also a conservation district and only accessible by boat, the Molokini Crater is considered one of the best diving / snorkelling locations in the world. The crater provides protection from rough waters leaving the water crystal clear with visibility of 100 feet on any given day. The crater is home to more than 250 species including manta rays, sharks and monk seals. You can learn more about the Molokini Crater from one of our recent blog posts here: /2013/12/the-molokini-crater-offers-the-best-snorkelling-in-hawaii/
Kahaluu Beach Park, Big Island – Thanks to the sea wall erected by King Kamehameha, this area is immune to having its bottom sediment disturbed. Because the waters are so clear, it’s been nicknamed “Snorkel Beach”. What makes this particular location so unique is the beautiful lava rock formations beneath the surface. Home to coral and hundreds of tropical fish, the cove is the perfect location for beginners and advanced snorkelers alike.
Anini Beach Park, Kauai – This beach is protected by Hawaii’s largest coral reef which results in extremely calm waters with nothing to disturb your view. Because the coral reef is a living breathing habitat, you’ll see hundreds of colourful fish who make their home here.
Kealakekua Bay, Big Island – This is another sheltered area which offers views of up to 100 feet down because the water is so clear. In addition to spectacular views of the hundreds of tropical fish who live here, the area is also home to spinner dolphins.
They key to finding a good snorkelling location in Hawaii is to look for a sheltered area as this keeps disturbances in the water to a minimum improving visibility. Thanks to our unique landscape, we are surrounded by cliffs, mountains and valleys making it easy to find just such a spot. Again, there are many options to choose from when it comes to snorkelling in Hawaii and those listed above are a handful of the best!
I just wanted to let you know that our stay on Oahu at Honeyed Jade was amazing. My family was blown away by the beauty of the house and the kindness of the Property Manager. We loved the house cockatoo, Lola. She was the life of the party! Thank you to you and Iris for all your help and professionalism. It was greatly appreciated.
If you are looking for the Perfect House in the Perfect Location with the Perfect Hosts
If you are looking for the Perfect House in the Perfect Location with the the Perfect Hosts, you could not possibly find a better Maui Vacation Rental.
From the moment we contacted Sunny, our every need and desire to create a dream trip was effortless. She took care of shopping, dinner reservations and answered every ‘stupid’ question like a true professional.
Any small issue with the house was taken care of promptly by Eric. Always polite and understanding to our requests, he fixed things in a flash!
And the Home….
Great Location on the Beach
Plenty of room(s). We had 7 people.
Modern electronics and Wifi
The Best of Maui!
Harvey & Sandy P
You Were a Delight to Work With
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!!!