For anyone wanting to learn to snorkel, the best and most beautiful places is Hawaii where the underwater beauty is second to none and one of the most popular places for snorkeling. Some of the beauty you can see are the turtles, colorful schools of fish, colorful coral, puffer fish, clown fish, schools of silver fish, manta rays and dolphins just to name a few. There are many wonderful places you can go to snorkel in Hawaii but there are some that are considered the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii to maximize your underwater experience. The following five best snorkeling spots in Hawaii will get you started.
1 - Kauai.
Kauai is known as the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and has many secluded spots for snorkeling. Some of the places you can go include Poipu beach and Tunnels beach, which are both very well known but there are places lesser known like the sandy cove of Lawai beach which is up against a natural lava wall and very well away from traffic. This beach is also good because the waters are calm, the shoreline is protected and it is a safe swimming area.
2 - Oahu.
Some of the most popular places on Oahu are Waikiki and Hanauma Bay but they are also crowded with other snorkelers. Oahu also has many other reefs and beaches that are less popular and therefore less crowded such as Shark’s Cove located on the north shore. Shark’s cove is a snorkeler's paradise with beautiful reef structures, caves and tunnels; it is also considered a marine preserve and that means that the turtles and fish will be abundant. The good part about this cove is that there are two sides, one deep where there is a wider fish variety and many turtles and a shallow part that is great for kids to see schools of fish.
3 - Maui.
Maui has many snorkeling spots the best known of which is Honolua Bay, where the summer months allow the bay to be more calm, there is no surf for many miles and the area is more protected for snorkeler’s. By beginning at the left side of the bay and snorkeling across to the right, you can see coral and reef dwellers, baby fish that hide among the coral, Ulua, and larger fish types like aku. If you go to the south beach there is a sandy beach but the rest is lava rock.
4 - Kahaluu.
With over 100 species of fish, and underwater rock formations, this is one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. Kahaluu also has many reefs where there is underwater habitats and can be accessed by a beach.
5 - Na Pali.
Wonderful place where you can see dolphins in the deep snorkeling waters and is known as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Many varieties of fish come here and is located on the west side of Kauai. The water here is deep here because it is off the shores of cliffs.