Photo Friday: Snorkeling in Hawaii

There are so many things to love about Hawaii, but to me, one of the best things about a trip to America’s 50th state is the snorkeling. Even though I’m now a certified diver and can go cavort with the fishes deep under the sea, I still get really excited about snorkeling in Hawaii. Honestly, aside from large ocean animals like sharks, rays, and whales, you can see snorkeling almost everything you can see diving in Hawaii.

So what makes snorkeling in Hawaii so awesome? First, the waters are stocked with all kinds of sea life. You really do feel like you’re snorkeling in aquarium. This is not a case of oh look there’s a fish. Oh another one. This is a case of “Oh my God I am completely surrounded by fish. There is absolutely nowhere for me to look and not see a fish.” Second, the waters are amazingly clear. Visibility is awesome. Third, the water temperature, while not as warm as some tropical destinations, is plenty pleasant. And fourth, there are just so many places on the islands to go snorkeling.

Hanauma Bay is probably Hawaii’s most famous snorkeling spot, but it’s not my favorite. It can get pretty crowded, and with so many free places to snorkel, I have a hard time justifying paying to do it. On this trip, we skipped right past Hanauma Bay. The place I would not recommend skipping, however, is the Captain Cook Monument on the Big Island. Hands down, best snorkeling in my opinion. There are so many fish and so many types of fish here. The visibility is stellar, and the reef is pretty cool too. I’d also recommend Poipu Beach on Kauai for a good general assortment of sea life and Kahaulu’u Beach on the Big Island for turtles. But what are words when it comes to snorkeling? Definitely not as good as pictures. So without further ado, here’s some of the sea life we encountered while snorkeling in Hawaii.

7 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Snorkeling in Hawaii”

    1. We use our Canon Powershot SD940 IS in a waterproof case. It’s taken a little practice to get decent at underwater shots, but it does a pretty good job I think.

  1. Theresa, When people ask me what I liked best about Hawaii I say “snorkeling”. I loved it and I agree that Captain Cook was the best. It is so relaxing I know it lowered my B/P. Especially after the large rolling waves that were directly to my left as we kayaked over there.
    The beautiful blue colors of the clear water were what I liked too.

  2. Gorgeous shots Theresa! To this day, despite being scuba certified and having visited the Great Barrier Reef, my favorite underwater experience was snorkeling off Lana’i island. The water was literally like a clear glass and we could see so far down to the most amazing colorful fish and coral. I want to go back to Hawaii and do some diving and more snorkeling!

  3. Great photos! They remind of Finding Nemo and I need to get out and go snorkeling I live near beaches and have yet to take my family snorkeling. Looks like a great adventure.

  4. Thanks for the great post! We love Hawaii as well. These photos are amazing, and making me want to head back very soon! Thanks very much!

    Aloha!

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