Safety Tips for Snorkeling in Hawaii

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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

Snorkeling in HawaiiEven when you’re traveling with a tour group, it’s all too easy to get separated from the others. Always keep a buddy in sight and never snorkel alone.

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.

Stay Hydrated

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

Snorkeling in HawaiiOceanic 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.

Conserve Energy

Snorkeling in HawaiiWhen 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.

Hawaii For Athletes

Hawaii For Athletes

Hawaii has something for everyone. While some people visit to unwind on exotic beaches, enjoy luxurious hotels, and discover cultural wonders, others like to take full advantage of the islands’ unique landscapes, which invite guests to climb, swim, hike, and explore outdoors. If you’re one of those who like to play outside, Hawaii has some truly unique treats to offer you.

Surf’s Up!

The first sport that comes to mind when thinking of Hawaii is, of course, surfing! The North Shore of Oahu is world-famous for its giant waves and the daredevils who ride them. Not quite ready to ride giants? No problem. The wild breaks such as Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Pipeline become tame in the summertime. There’s always the rest of Hawaii to consider, too. Waikiki welcomes you with good longboarding conditions all year round. The west side of Oahu, as well as countless surf breaks on the other islands, offer less crowded surf spots for any style and skill level. Consider hiring a surf instructor or guide. That way you won’t have to worry about searching for the right break and hauling your gear. Surfing can be a fun and safe activity for children, too, if you know where to go.

Explore an Aquatic Wonderland

Maui Snorkel at Molokini Crater
Molokini Crater

Do you prefer being below the surface of the sea? Hawaii is sure to impress you with its world-class snorkel and scuba spots. There are plenty of reef areas near beaches easily accessible by car, especially on Oahu. Sharks Cove is popular for its shallow tide pools where fish teem and children can safely swim along. Don’t miss out on Two Steps on the Big Island and Hanauma Bay near Honolulu. Some of these famous reefs do tend to get crowded though. If you want to get away from the main beaches and enjoy a kaleidoscopic underwater universe more privately, book a cruise to Molokini Crater. This half-submerged volcanic crater is a perfect environment for countless varieties of fish, coral, and other colorful sea life. Molokini Crater is situated just off the golden shores of Maui and charter tours often include a hands-on sailing experience, lots of time to swim and play, food and drinks, snorkeling equipment, and experienced guides.

Explore on Horseback

Not only the shores of Hawaii tempt visitors to play outside. There are also dense jungles, lush green ridges and plains, and of course volcanoes for you to explore. The easiest way to get off the road and into the green is on foot. But you’ll get to see more in a day without sacrificing the tranquility of natural transportation if you bring an equine companion along. Several ranches in Hawaii offer horseback tours. Check out Kualoa Ranch for some picturesque horseback tours on the windward side of Oahu. Kualoa’s guides cater to experienced horse whisperers as well as kids and newcomers, and their territory reaches from the green ridges and plains down to the azure sea.

Experience a Volcano – Up Close

The hottest adventure in the Hawaiian Islands surely is a hike on an active volcano. The Big Island of Hawaii is continually growing and shaking with volcanic eruptions. This provides an ongoing stream of molten lava through the black deserts of newly-created land. But be aware of the hazards. The lava fields are constantly changing, with lava flows changing direction, brittle cliffs breaking, and caves appearing and disappearing. If you want to take a trip into this otherworldly landscape, make sure you come with an experienced guide. The tour guides are always updated on recent volcanic activity and they can bring you safely near the latest active lava flows.

 

Activities That Keep Your Feet (Mostly) on the Ground

Activities That Keep Your Feet (Mostly) on the Ground

Everybody talks about ziplining and helicopter rides and hikes up 760 feet of volcanic crater, but if you’re not crazy about heights, these activities probably don’t sound very appealing to you. We’d love to be able to talk you into at least trying them, because they are truly unforgettable. For now, we just want to assure you that when you come to the Hawaiian Islands there are plenty of things you can do on the ground that are just as memorable.

ATV Excursions

Whether you’re cruising across the open plains of Kualoa Ranch or thundering down a technical track cut through Oahu’s dense forest, there’s plenty of fun to be had on an ATV. Ride side-by-side with a passenger or go solo, either way you’re in for some incredible views of the dense vegetation of the island, the vast open fields, the towering mountains – all of the features that give Oahu its natural beauty.

At Kualoa Ranch, you drive by spots used in filming Hollywood blockbusters, adding another layer of excitement to this Oahu escapade.

If it’s adventure you want, behind the wheel of an ATV is where you’ll find it. If strolling along at a leisurely pace doesn’t do anything for you, you’ll love the opportunity to zip around a dirt track, careening around turns and splashing through mud puddles as you race to the end of the track.

Lava Hikes

Lava hike

On the Big Island, you’ll find the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a large swatch of land carved out for two of the island’s massive volcanoes. The site of historic and current eruptions, the park gives you the opportunity to trek over ancient lava that’s cooled and hardened over the years.

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling

Okay, your feet aren’t technically on the ground for this, but you’re also nowhere near a high altitude. And anyway, snorkeling gives you a look at the underwater world that surrounds the islands.

Explore the waters of the Pacific to get up-close and personal with some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful sea life. Colorful tropical fish go about their business while more curious creatures like green sea turtles swim by you, as if to say “hello, stranger.”

If you’re lucky, the true clowns of the sea, spinner dolphins, will stop by excitedly. They love newcomers and are happy to welcome them to their underwater world.

Shark Diving

Yes, sharks. Don’t panic! The creatures you meet through your sturdy steel shark cage are more nervous about you than you are about them. After spending a little while around you, they often get more confident and may swim closer so you can get a better look at their majestic beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tours in the Hawaiian Islands

Top Tours in the Hawaiian Islands

An island paradise brimming with complex beauty and a vast array of entertainment and adventure. The Hawaiian Islands are the ultimate vacation spot, providing guests with so much to do that it would require multiple trips to see and do everything each island has to offer.

Since you’re planning a Hawaiian experience of your own, we’d like to make your life a little easier and highlight a few of the top tours you should consider taking while you’re here. We’ve chosen experiences that will showcase the beauty of the islands, the rich history, the opportunity for fun and thrills, and even a peek at the underwater world surrounding the island chain.

Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Tour

USS Arizona Memorial with Battleship Missouri

Arguably the most important place you’ll come across during your Hawaiian visit, Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, is the site of the December 7th, 1941 Japanese surprise attack. When the two-hour assault ended, over 2,400 Americans had been killed.

These two Pearl Harbor locations embody two very different aspects of the attack and the war that followed. At one end of the arc of the history of World War II in the Pacific is the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to the 1,177 men who died when the mighty battleship exploded and sank to the bottom of the harbor, where she still rests today. The Battleship Missouri is a commemoration of the war’s end. Guests are able to stand on the very same deck where the Japanese signed the official documents of surrender.

This tour offers a broad look at the changes the United States went through, beginning with the moment the first bombs fell on Battleship Row.

Kualoa Ranch Zipline and ATV Tour

  ATV adventure at Kualoa Ranch

For something a lot more upbeat and thrilling, the Kualoa Ranch Zipline and ATV tour on Oahu sets you soaring high above the jungle floor on their state-of-the-art ziplines before embarking on a journey across the rolling plains and through the dense forests of Kualoa Ranch. Along your trek, keep an eye out for markers that indicate where Hollywood blockbusters were filmed. Expect to recognize locations from Godzilla, Jurassic Park, and the TV series Lost.

 

 

Maui Snorkeling Tour

Hawaiian green sea turtle

For an awe-inspiring introduction to the world of beauty and wonder that awaits beneath the glassy blue surface, embark on a short boat ride to Molokini, a small crescent island just off the coast of Maui. The crystal blue waters allow you to see everything, from the green sea turtles that have made the island’s reef their home to the colorful tropical fish that swim up to you out of sheer curiosity.

Watch and experience how the ecosystem nourishes and protects itself, and be amazed by the variety of wildlife coexisting peacefully.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour

Big Island of Hawaii Volcano
  Kilauea Caldera

Ever wonder how the Hawaiian Islands came to be? As you walk across the rugged terrain of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, you’ll start to understand the impact of molten lava on the chain’s formation.

The Jaggar Museum, overlooking the active Kilauea Caldera, gives you the chance to learn how violent forces of nature can completely alter the landscape, creating new land where previously there was nothing but ocean.

 

 

 

Enjoying Hawaii’s Speedy Thrills

Enjoying Hawaii’s Speedy Thrills

Are you the type who loves to feel the roar of an engine beneath you? Are you quick to jump at the chance of high-speed experiences wherever you go? Are you looking for an incredible thrill during your time in the Hawaiian Islands?

Well, you can stop looking, because we’ve narrowed down two amazing experiences that you’ll want to try out at some point while you’re enjoying our tropical islands. If it’s speed and adrenaline you’re looking for, then you’ll be pleased to hear that both can be found during an ATV trek across rugged terrain or a wave-jumping experience of jet skiing over the Pacific.

Take the wheel and enjoy the islands in a way that lets you enjoy Hawaii’s beauty while fulfilling those more primal needs with a high-speed, bumpy excursion.

ATVs around Hawaii

Kualoa Ranch ATV TrailsThere’s plenty of open land across the islands, and it would be a waste if some of it didn’t become the site of an ATV off-road experience. The rolling plains are just one of the many fascinating features of the island you can experience behind the wheel of your very own all-terrain vehicle.

Cruise across a huge diversity of different plant and wildlife as you careen over the different courses, all of which were cut into the dense jungles, over the rich stretches of green, and sometimes even near the coastline, where the roar of the engine of your ATV threatens to drown out the waves crashing against the shore.

A Hawaii ATV experience is one of the most-recommended activities for its combination of non-stop thrills and the awe and wonder of driving through a tropical rainforest. Blast an ATV over dirt paths, around tight corners, and through some of the most stunning sights Hawaii has to offer.

A Water-soaked Thrill Ride

Jet Ski Rental SingleA giant expanse of blue awaits those who want to explore it, and one of the best ways to do so is on the back of a jet ski. Why cruise aboard a crowded, slower-moving boat when you can tackle the open Pacific on your own, steering on a whim to get to where you want to be.

Not only do you get to explore the open water on a jet ski, you also get a thrilling ride to fulfill your need for excitement. Once you feel you’ve gotten the hang of handling your jet ski, don’t hesitate to jump over the waves left in the wake of passing boats for those added moments of excitement.

Jet skiing along the coast gives you unforgettable views you just can’t get from land. If you’re off the southern shores of Oahu, you can gaze back at Honolulu and Diamond Head Crater, or if you’re zipping along the waters surrounding the Big Island, you may be able to navigate your way close to the flow of lava surging into the ocean.

 

There’s a world of wonder out there. Will you let it pass you by or are you ready to grab on tight and enjoy either—or both—of these two high-speed thrill rides?

A Hawaiian Bachelorette Trip

Maui Surfer Girls Team

A Hawaiian Bachelorette Trip

You’ve finally decided to tie the knot and are already thinking about the bachelorette party festivities! We can’t really blame you, it’s one of the most exciting aspects about planning a wedding, especially when you have your eyes set on Hawaii for it.

Deciding you want to come to Hawaii for your bachelorette extravaganza is only the first part of the fun. Knowing what to do when you get here is just as important, especially considering you’re traveling with the people closest to you and this trip represents your final stretch of the single life.

So, what Hawaiian blasts can boost your bachelorette fun? There’s so much more than you might think…

A Bit of Ocean

It sure seems like a no-brainer that you should spend some of your time in the islands enjoying the refreshing waters of the Pacific. The vast ocean is actually a wonderfully diverse location in which to enjoy some time, and you’re going to find that there’s more to experience than can fit in a day.

Na Pali Snorkel & Sightseeing TourIf you have an adventurous spirit, you’re no doubt up for snorkeling in the deep blue. A great way to explore the underwater world that thrives beneath the surface, snorkeling is your ticket to a “meet-and-greet” with the finest wildlife, such as docile green turtles, friendly dolphins, and colorful tropical fish.

Maybe you’d like to stay above the surface and take on some of the rolling waves coming your way. Surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, water jet pack riding – pick your adventure and enjoy your day on the water! Whichever you opt for, a day on the ocean is a great means of enjoying your final days of singledom.

A Little Culture

You can’t come to the Hawaiian Islands and miss out on all the little tidbits of Polynesian culture that await. The best way to just dive head first into local culture is to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau. From the arrival and introductions to the festivities to the engaging entertainment pulled from all throughout the Pacific, a luau is your journey into the history and culture of the Hawaiian people.

Enjoy a glorious spread of food—authentic dishes cooked up with locally-grown ingredients—and watch as the main course, a whole roasted pig, is pulled out of the earth in the customary imu ceremony. Follow this up with a selection of desserts and you have yourself the ideal bachelorette dinner!

Fly High

Zipline Through Paradise Girl

Want to feel what real freedom feels like before tying the knot? Strap in to a Hawaiian zipline and let yourself soar high over the island’s changing terrain. Your feet dangle just over the canopies of the dense palms and forests as you zip across the rugged terrain, passing by everything from the golden coastline to the rolling plains.

It’s easily one of Hawaii’s most popular activities and would make a great closer for your bachelorette weekend in our tropical paradise in the Pacific.

Na Pali Coast Adventures for Everyone

Na Pali Coast Adventures for Everyone

The Hawaiian coastline is more than just a beautiful overlook of the sparkling waters of the Pacific, it’s a stretch of adventure for all the waterbugs who turn to the Hawaiian Islands for their much-needed vacation. Just off the coastline of each island of this tropical chain, a world of adventure awaits, and they’re all flush with choices. Take the Na Pali Coast, off Kauai. At the base of mountainous ridges is a hidden oasis of thrills and water adventures that enable visitors to embark on a series of exciting activities and unforgettable journeys.

On the northwestern edge of Kauai,  the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is a beautiful mix of greenery and blue ocean, but most impressive is the selection of things to do just in this one sliver of the island.

The Many Thrills of the Na Pali Coast

The crystal blue waters that lie just beyond the coast are as inviting as they come, so don’t be surprised if the urge to jump right in sneaks up on you. That’s where activities like snorkeling come in, as it lets you jump into the refreshing waters and explore the underwater world living beyond the island.

Na Pali Coast SnorkelingThe waters of the Pacific aren’t just filled with living coral, so expect to come face-to-face with some truly stunning creatures. Tropical fish, green sea turtles, and the occasional pod of dolphins are known to let their curiosity get the best of them when new faces enter their submerged world. Sight-see below the surface of the ocean after a comfortable ride aboard a rigid inflatable boat or catamaran—the Na Pali Coast isn’t accessible by car! Don’t be surprised to find some of these creatures have no fear as they swim right beside you.

If you’re the type who loves speed, you can couple your snorkeling adventure with some performance sailing. Whether you’ve touched a sailboat before or not isn’t important, as you learn everything there is to know about performance sailing off the coast of Na Pali. Cut across the smooth surface as the wind whips against you, giving you that sense of freedom you should experience during a vacation in the tropics.

Maybe it’s not thrills you’re looking for, but a little R&R. Some peace and quiet in the mid-morning sun. If that’s the case, then the Na Pali fishing charter is the experience that will fit you perfectly. Relax in the warm sun and wait patiently for the fish to start biting. With a full-day, 8-hour charter available, they will eventually bite!

Don’t Forget…

When you’re facing a day of thrills, adventure, and relaxation, you might not think of everything, but don’t forget to pack some sunscreen! No matter how you decide to enjoy the Na Pali shores, keep in mind that you’re in direct, tropical sunlight, which is known to give a nasty sunburn!

The Action Heroes Hawaiian Adventure

Big Island Zipline

The Action Heroes Hawaiian Adventure

Ever watched an adrenaline-fueled action movie where every five minutes, something is exploding or someone is doing something awesome? Have you ever wanted to just jump through the screen and join in on the Hollywood thrills? What if we told you that you could join the ranks of the greatest action heroes by traveling to the tropical paradise of Hawaii? Suspend your disbelief, because it’s absolutely true!

By embarking on these incredible activities on the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, or Kauai, you can finally find out what it feels like to have adrenaline fueling your every movement!

Flying High

What better way to feel like an action star than to fly high over the island’s dense forestry and rich scenery? Strap into a safety harness and soar over thousands of feet of terrain in the adrenaline ride of a lifetime. Spread your arms and let the warm tropical air rush against you over each exhilarating foot of cable and enjoy the unbelievable sights that unfold around you.

Zip from platform to platform, launching yourself off of each one like a superhero on a mission! One of the best parts of this thrill ride across the islands is that it is completely safe. You can feel like an action hero without putting your life on the line thanks to state-of-the-art harnessing, braking, and construction.

It’s one of the Hawaiian Islands’ most popular activities and it won’t take you long to realize why. So suit up and experience the excitement of flying high over the island.

 

High-Speed ChasesATV Rentals on Kauai

High-speed chases have nothing on Oahu’s off-road adventure! On a technical course cut through the awe-inspiring beauty of the island, you steer your own all-terrain vehicle across a variety of terrains. Thick rainforests pass you as you rip across dirt terrain, flinging dust and mud in every direction. If you’re traveling with someone, your two-person ATV can accommodate your “partner in crime”!

 

 

Nature’s Montage

What’s an action movie without a break from the high-intensity thrills to enjoy a montage of beautiful Mother Nature and the wonders she hides. Gear up and swim in the depths of the Pacific Ocean to explore a hidden world of amazement.Dolphin Snorkeling Swim

Swim alongside the tropical wildlife, including vibrant green sea turtles. You may even glimpse curious dolphins and manta rays as they swim by to inspect the newcomer to their vast world. There is plenty to see below the surface of the Pacific, from lava tubes to colorful coral reef. Just remember to be respectful of Mother Nature and leave everything as you found it. Even action heroes follow simple guidelines like these.