Where Can You Find the Best Snorkeling in Hawaii?
Hawaii offers unsurpassed snorkeling locations; some might even say Hawaii has the best snorkeling in the world! Clear, sparkling waters, vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, and average temperatures compatible with year-round ocean activities make Hawaii a world-class snorkeling destination.
Keep reading to discover where to find the best snorkeling in Hawaii.
Overall Best Hawaii Snorkeling: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu
Undoubtedly the most celebrated best snorkeling on Oahu is at Hanauma Bay. This is a must-see for Oahu visitors. Essentially it’s a flooded, extinct volcano crater and is perfect for beginners. It is one of the most popular tourist sites on Oahu, so be prepared to share this bay with others.
To manage the amount of visitors and protect its fragile marine ecosystem, the State of Hawaii requires online reservations and there is a non-resident entrance fee of $25 for visitors ages 13 & older. There are concessions available to purchase on-site, as well as restrooms and snorkel equipment rentals.
Molokini Crater – Maui
Looking for the best snorkeling in Maui? Head to Maui, three miles offshore, to be exact, where you can snorkel with up to 250 species of fish.
Due to its location in an ocean channel, this crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater offers calm, protected snorkeling in an otherwise choppy area of ocean. You will need a snorkeling tour to get to Molokini Crater, and our Maui All Inclusive Vacation Package has you covered!
Turtle Town – Maui
Another one of Maui’s best snorkeling locations is Turtle Town, located at Maluaka Beach, about 20 minutes from Kihei.
Some snorkeling boat tours also stop here after leaving Molokini Crater. Turtle Town boasts some of the best snorkeling if you are hoping to see honu, the Hawaiian green sea turtle. These creatures of the sea frequently swim in these waters but be careful to look, but not touch. Honu are an endangered species, and it is against the law to touch or harass them.
Tunnels (Makua) Beach – Kauai
Some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii is certainly located at Tunnels Beach. This stunning beach’s sparkling turquoise water is home to a thriving coral reef making it a world-class snorkeling spot. Avoid during the winter months when the ocean can be rough.
Best Unique Snorkeling Adventure in Hawaii: Manta Ray Snorkeling at Keauhou Bay – Big Island of Hawaii
No list of the best snorkeling in Hawaii would be complete without mentioning Manta Village. The best way to accomplish this on a manta ray snorkeling tour, which our All-Inclusive Big Island Vacation Package includes.
You sail out into the calm Kona waters where you can snorkel amongst these gentle sea creatures, illuminated by headlamps and the twinkling lights of Kona in the distance. After the snorkel, warm up onboard with hot chocolate as you reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There are many more incredible snorkeling locations throughout Hawaii. They include Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach, Na Pali coastline on Kauai, Dolphins Beach on the Big Island, the sandbar on windward Oahu, Waikiki Beach in front of the Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Kealakekua Bay in Kona.
Whether you’re a snorkeling pro, or it’s your first time, Hawaii is the perfect place for your snorkeling adventure. Every all-inclusive package we offer includes a snorkeling trip, so contact us today to help you experience all that Hawaii has to offer.