With holidays almost ready to restart, planning safe travels to Hawaii should be full of adventure, and most definitely a snorkelling trip or two.
Hawaii is one of the most incredible places to snorkel in the world, thanks to the abundant marine life, coral reefs, and protected areas. So, grab your mask, flippers and some surf swimwear and get to it.
Whenever you choose to visit Hawaii, you’ll probably experience temperatures above 23 degrees, but the best time to go to Hawaii is between March and September (when there’s little rain and guaranteed high temperatures).
Hawaii is home to some incredible sea creatures, including giant turtles, bottlenose dolphins, angelfishes, and barracudas. Snorkellers brave enough to dive a little deeper, and explore the coral reef ecosystem will find even more colourful life forms to marvel at.
So, which areas should you visit for a Hawaiian snorkelling adventure?
1. Fringing Reef – Molokai
Magical Molokai hosts Hawaii’s longest and richest fringing reef, which stretches for 28 miles. These crystal-clear waters are home to a rainbow of different species of fish, finger coral, green sea turtles and whales. If you’re visiting just to see the whales, the best time to visit is from December to March, when whale watching season is in full swing.
2. North Shore – Oahu
A Lokahi Swimwear favourite, North Shore in Oahu is the perfect snorkelling spot. Kuilima Cove and Shark’s Cove are both great options for exploring the clear waters of Hawaii. Kuilima is great for beginners, while Shark’s Cove appeals more to intermediate snorkellers.
At Kuilima, you can rent snorkelling equipment at the nearby Sand Bar. If you’re a snorkelling pro, you’ll probably have heard of Shark’s Cove, which received a shoutout from Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the “Top Twelve Shore Dives in the World”.
3. Hulopoe Bay – Lanai
Hulopoe Bay in Lanai is a crescent-shaped, protected bay with white sands and azure ocean. The east side of the bay features a collection of rich tide pools, home to some of the bay’s smaller species.
For the dolphin lovers, you’ll be stoked to know that spinner dolphins and humpback whales regularly frequent Hulopoe Bay. Visitors can look and explore as much as they want, but shells and stones should all be left in place to help preserve the protected area.
4. Night Manta Snorkel – Big Island
Nearly twice the size of Hawaii’s other islands, Big Island has 266 miles of coastline and an active volcano – Kilauea. If you’re visiting Big Island, the manta ray night dive/snorkel is an absolute must. Light beams are used to attract plankton, Manta Ray’s favourite food. To catch their prey, the Manta Ray’s swim, turn and dive through the water, making it a truly memorable experience for anyone lucky enough to be watching.
5. Turtle Town – Maui
One of Maui’s most popular snorkel spots, Turtle Town can be reached from Maluaka beach. Lots of our local tour companies also organise trips to Turtle Town. It’s highly likely that you’ll spot a green sea turtle, so make sure you take your underwater camera. The snorkelling area is 300 yards long and covers sand, reef and rocks – all home to several species of sea life.