Safety Tips for Snorkeling in Hawaii
Snorkeling in Hawaii is one of the most popular activities for tourists and locals alike – and with good reason. It opens up an entire underwater world, something most people on the mainland simply don’t have access to. People who snorkel get to experience life under the surface, see the vibrant wildlife that call the vast expanse of blue home, and simply get to explore something unique and new.
While snorkeling off the golden shores of Hawaii, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you remain safe along your journey. Snorkeling tours always begin with an introduction to snorkeling safety, but here are a few tips to keep in mind that may not be covered in that overview.
Snorkel in Pairs
Keep an Eye on Beach Conditions
If you’re snorkeling with a tour group, you won’t have to worry about this, but should you decide to go on your own, always know the conditions of the beach and water. You’ll want to know how the visibility is, if the current is too strong, if waves are too high – know what you’re diving into.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
Even if it’s cloudy and though you may be spending your time underwater, always wear sunscreen. The tropical sun is unforgiving, regardless of cloud cover. Many people even choose to wear a t-shirt when snorkeling in Hawaii, for extra protection from the rays.
Snorkeling tours typically have a bottle of water and a lunch waiting for you. It doesn’t have to be a fancy feast, just enough to keep your energy up and to keep hydrated.
Respect Mother Nature
Oceanic life thrives when not disturbed by too much human interference; while you’re below the surface, be respectful and don’t touch anything. Coral is beautiful, with some alluring textures, but it’s also very delicate and is vital to the ecosystem of the Pacific. Fish and other sea creatures can be equally enticing, but please admire them from a distance. And whatever you do, never touch the sea turtles you may see gliding through the depths. Not only is this harmful to them, it’s illegal.
Snorkel in the Morning
Not only does an early snorkel give you a better chance of watching Mother Nature at her best, it also helps you avoid the more unpredictable afternoon winds. While not necessarily dangerous, heavier winds can cause water to get cloudy, making it difficult to really enjoy your time underwater.
When you’re snorkeling, you may get the urge to start kicking and swimming at a faster pace. Really, though, snorkeling shouldn’t require that much energy. Just let yourself float and glide through the water. Enjoying the snorkeling experience is all about keeping relaxed.
Book a Snorkel Tour
There are so many options out there that you really shouldn’t have to snorkel on your own. A tour not only provides you with the equipment you need, it’s the best way to keep safe while you’re exploring the depths of the Pacific.
Unlike many tours that restrict what you can do, snorkeling in Hawaii with a tour lets you explore the Pacific as you want – within reason, of course. If there’s a sea cave or lava tube that’s enticing you, don’t hesitate to explore it, so long as you know your limitations, do it with a buddy, and are back to the boat ahead of the scheduled departure time.