Hawaii is a top destination for mainland Americans and people from all over the world for a few reasons. But one of the biggest attractions to the island is watersports, especially snorkeling. Hawaii, and South Kona in particular, has some of the best shallow and deep-water snorkeling spots on the planet, mainly because of the diversity of it’s marine life and the warm Hawaiian waters.
However, before you go on your first snorkeling expedition, there are a few things that you have to know to make sure that you stay safe, and make the most out of your time there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, check out these snorkeling tips and become an instant pro!
Know the Best Spots
Most people go snorkeling for the sea life, but there are some spots that are better than others. Fish needs food and shelter to survive, so your best bet would be to check out places with a lot of rocks and coral. If you’re going to be snorkeling in rocky areas, however, make sure to watch out for sea urchins and don’t step on coral. Get in the water from a sandy spot instead.
One of the best places to snorkel in South Kona is Honaunau Bay. The waters are crystal clear, and the place looks straight out of a Captain Cooks novel. And it’s right next to the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau historical park.
Brush Up on Your Swimming
Before you go, it would be wise to brush up on your swimming skills back home if it’s been a while. You also have to be used to swimming with fins. Many pools will have fins that you can borrow, so make sure to ask, and find a pool near where you are where you can get some practice in full snorkeling gear.
Improve Your Breathing Technique and Lung Capacity
Freediving is when people go deep diving without a bottle of oxygen. But you don’t need to have superhuman lungs to do it. People who free dive use special exercises and breathing techniques to increase their lung capacity, and use the oxygen in their lungs more efficiently. So, we strongly suggest that you enroll in a few freediving classes before you leave as well.
Learn How to Keep Your Energy
Snorkeling demands a lot of energy, even if it may not look like it at first glance. That’s why you have to find ways to conserve your energy, especially if you’re going on an all-day trip.
One of the things that you can do is rely more on your legs when swimming. Swimming with fins increases your ability to push yourself with your legs, so you can let your legs do most of the work while keeping your arms relaxed. But don’t go too hard, just go at a leisurely space and you should be okay.
Snorkeling in Hawaii can be a life changing experience, especially if it’s your first time around. Make sure that you follow this guide, and get plenty of practice before you go.