while it is true we enjoy spending most of our time scuba diving in these pristine waters (it’s what we moved here for!) we do enjoy taking a slightly more relaxing day and going snorkeling in the shallow waters just off the beach near our house. There is so much sea life in the first few meters of the water that you really don’t need to go out far to see something new every time. Snorkeling is also a great cardio work out if you kick fast enough and is a fun way to burn some extra calories. My husband and I always have our snorkel gear on hand any time we visit a beach, the temptation to go explore is always there. It is crazy how with just a snorkel mask and fins you open up a whole new world to experience that most people forget even exists 99% of the time. Just be sure to get some high quality snorkeling gear, you don’t want chaffed ankles or the sterotypical red spot most divers get when their mask is too tight! We found some good recommendations for some of the best snorkel gear here: http://www.diverworld.info/the-best-snorkel-gear-mask-fins-reviews/
There is certainly a downside to that negligence, as on our last few snorkeling trips we have started to notice an over abundance of trash littered across the beach, and even floating in the water where it can choke sea turtles or birds who often mistake it for food and will eat it by mistake. This is simply due to ignorance of what can happen when you litter and is always sad to see people not respecting the environment. We always bring a cleanup bag with us whenever we go snorkeling or scuba diving and try to pick up as much trash as possible but it is a constant problem.
On the up side, on our last snorkel trip we were lucky enough to come across a large group of stingrays playing in the sun in the shallows, we swam with them for quite a while before they scurried off into deeper water. Rays like to hang out in the sea grass on the bottom, so whenever you are in that type of environment, always shuffle your feet or your day might be ruined by a barb from a surprised stingray in your foot! Ouch! Luckily with the help of a snorkel mask you can see what lurks below with crystal clear vision! So we hope next time you think about visiting Hawaii you bring your snorkeling gear! Special thanks to www.diverworld.info for featuring us in their march newsletter! It is always awesome when the scuba diving community supports each other 🙂