Snorkeling in Hawai'i. I've only dabbled in snorkeling at two places, sad I know, but I don't have my own gear yet (update : I now have a snorkel and fins!). So that will be my reason why. When I first moved to Hawai'i, snorkeling was not on the top of my to-do list! I had a bit of a scare during Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i (kind of like a camp for where we learned about our Hawaiian heritage; it's pretty fun) back in 6th grade. We went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and my advisor thought it would be okay to grab and pull my feet (maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but lets just say there was very little trust between me and the world). Ever since, I never wanted to do it again ...
And now here we are, all thanks to one of my lovely friends (Alyson), she pretty much held my hand and got me back into the water snorkeling away ... well maybe not holding hands. But it now has become something that I look forward to, plus it's pretty fantastic to have photographer friends (Alyson Gradwell Photography & Open Water Productions ) ... cause you get some awesome shots like the ones in this post.
There are only three places that I have snorkeled at :
- Hanauma Bay (tourist infested ... in my opinion, I'd save time and go snorkel somewhere else)
- Electric Beach in Kapolei (so much fish to see, honu, dolphins!)
- ... some place else that I don't feel like sharing :) Trying to keep some places local.
I frequent Electric Beach about every week (except for the past few weeks) and I love it there. It's just amazing what we see each time, I've seen a pod of dolphins and got so close that I could touch them, but I try not to. Here's a video to prove it! Can't forget about the honu (turtle in Hawaiian), you're bound to see one every time you go, but please don't touch. It's illegal anyways, so don't!
I know there's so many more amazing snorkel spots, so if you know of some, feel free to comment below. I'll just have to check them out one day!