Top Ten Places to Snorkel in Hawaii
If there is one thing synonymous with Hawaii it’s snorkeling. With literally hundreds of potential and equally beautiful locations to choose from, figuring out which ones are could take a while. Now that you’re moving to Hawaii, we thought we could help you out and point out the top ten Hawaiian snorkeling destinations.
1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu
By far the most popular and most crowded of all the snorkeling destinations in Hawaii, Hanauma Bay has something for everyone. Whether you feel safer in the inner ring or want to venture out to the deeper parts of the Bay, Hawaii’s most popular snorkeling bay will provide dozens of aquatic species for your viewing pleasure.
2. Makaha Beach Park, Oahu
Oahu’s second most popular snorkeling destination isn’t second by much. There are dozens of underwater caves and tunnels to explore, some of which are over 40 ft. in length. Add octopus, dolphins and manta rays to the list of accolades and it’s easy to see why Makaha Beach might be your #1.
3. Molokini Crater, Maui
Located off the coast of Maui, Molokini is part of a sunken volcanic crater accessible only by boat. Clear viewing up to 150 ft. down and over 250 dif. species of aquatic life are the only reason you need to make Molokini a must see destination in Hawaii.
4. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island
This secluded snorkeling sanctuary plays hosts to dolphins and sea turtles. Located near the Capt. Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay also has several snorkeling tours to offer.
5. Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai
One of the most tropical beaches in all of Hawaii and calm sea’s are what Ke’e Beach can offer you. Dozens of colorful, tropical fish and green sea turtles are the locals here.
6. Kapalua Bay, Maui
Kapalua is a protected bay with sandy beaches. The north end offer some nice snorkeling prospects and the calm seas make this ideal for beginners.
7. Anini Beach, Kauai
The water here can be very shallow, but don’t let that fool you. Anini has the largest reef in all of Kauai. This also makes for several nooks and crannies to explore while underwater, but be careful the outgoing tide can be a bit too strong for some.
8. Kapiolani Park Beach, Oahu
The best spot for snorkeling here is the center of the beach park, in a section called Queen’s Beach or Queen’s Surf Beach, between the Natatorium and the Waikiki Aquarium. The reef in front of the aquarium has easy access to the beach and the waters are usually calm.
9. Poipu Beach, Kauai
This sheltered cove offers an ideal setting for novice snorkelers. The best spot for snorkeling can be found on the right side of the beach.
10. Kahaluu Beach Park, Big Island
A huge variety of fish and sea turtles make Kahaluu the most popular place to snorkel on the big island.