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Snorkeling in Hawaii

Updated on June 13, 2011

Swimming in Tropical Waters

One of the joys of visiting a tropical island on a summer vacation is the opportunity to explore the beauty of the abundant underwater life in the waters surrounding the island.

Glass bottom boats allow tourists to observe the passing undersea life through the glass beneath their feet while sipping their rum punch as the captain slowly steers the boat through the waters above areas of great undersea beauty.

For the more adventuresome, there is the opportunity leave their deck chairs and cocktails, don a mask and fins, jump overboard and tour underwater in person.

Our Boat - The Body Glove

Adding a snorkel allows the visitor to swim around and observe without having to take their head out of the water for air, while putting on scuba gear enables one to go right to the bottom and spend thirty minutes or so face to face with the undersea life.

While visiting the big island  of Hawaii a couple of years ago my family and I took a boat trip along Kona coast where we were staying on the island of Hawaii.  
The boat did not have a glass bottom but it did anchor in three different coves where we were able to jump into the water and explore underwater ourselves.

One of My Sons Taking a Picture Underwater

Before Setting Sail We Invested in a Couple of Cheap Underwater Cameras

Not knowing how long before our next opportunity to explore the undersea world surrounding a tropical island, we visited a local Wal-Mart the night before and brought a couple of underwater disposable cameras at a cost of about eight dollars each.

These two cameras allowed us to not only photograph underwater but also take pictures of each other and the boat while swimming.  

Actually, taking pictures underwater, even with a simple inexpensive camera, while swimming is a challenge to say the least.

My Wife floating on top of the sea
My Wife floating on top of the sea
One of my sons surfacing
One of my sons surfacing

We Choose Snokerling

We elected to go snorkeling rather than renting scuba gear, which none of us had any experience doing.

Lacking the weight of scuba equipment, it was difficult to stay still in one spot to take a picture underwater as the air in our lungs kept causing us to float upward when we weren't moving.

The fish and other sea creatures also were not very cooperative about staying in one place and posing for us.

However, we did manage to get a few good pictures underwater as well as see a variety of colorful marine life, including a couple of green sea turtles.

A Wonderful Experience

The trip itself took about four and a half hours. We arrived at the dock around eight and the ship left the dock about 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning and we didn’t return until early afternoon.

It was a beautiful day and the cruise along the Kona coast of Hawaii alone was worth the cost of the trip to say nothing of the adventure snorkeling and swimming with fish and sea turtles in the coves where we anchored.

On the way out we were served a nice brunch on deck as we enjoyed viewing the coast and other boats around us in a sea as blue as the sky. While on the way back we simply relaxed and enjoyed the sea breeze and passing scenery.

The Bridge of our Boat
The Bridge of our Boat
American Flag and Hawaiian Flag - The Hawaiian Flag is flown everywhere in Hawaii
American Flag and Hawaiian Flag - The Hawaiian Flag is flown everywhere in Hawaii
Diving gear waiting to be used
Diving gear waiting to be used
Part of the Brunch Buffet
Part of the Brunch Buffet
Passing the Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay
Passing the Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay
Passing another Boat
Passing another Boat
Approaching Dock in Village of Kailua-Kona on Kailua Bay
Approaching Dock in Village of Kailua-Kona on Kailua Bay


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      8 years ago

      Nice reef but I still recommend the waters of Philippines=)

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      8 years ago

      great place!

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      Keith Schroeder 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      My bride has encouraged me for over 20 years to consider a trip to Hawaii. I had to comment as she is reading your hub over my shoulder and nudged me saying, "See how much fun we can have in Hawaii."

      It does look like fun.

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      8 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a great hub with some nice pictures. I've always wanted to go snorkeling in Hawaii but haven't been able to go yet.

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      8 years ago

      I have been snorkeling in Hanoma Bay. That was a lot of fun. Fish as big as dinner plates all around you but just out of reach.

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      8 years ago

      That is pretty kool

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed reading your hub--it put me to mind of snorkeling in Hanoma Bay in Hawaii back in '84 on my way home from Japan. I didn't have an underwater camera, though--wish I had.

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      8 years ago from Cape town South Africa

      What a way to spend a few days.

      My diving is restricted to the bath.

      I have a small marine tank with a few Clown fish and corals. Love every minuet around the tank.

      Will be following

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      Cristina Vanthul 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Sounds like a lovely time! I really enjoy snorkeling though haven't been in a while. Great pics and it looks like the boat really has a great set up for guests.

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      8 years ago from Cumberland

      I have been snorkling a couple of times. Even if you can't swim they will give you a life jacket so you can lay in the water and put you head under. Thanks for bringing back osme fond memories.

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      8 years ago from India

      Beautiful pics and since i dont know how to swim so i would be very afraid going down ..

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Looks like you had a nice day on the reef. The water looks flat and the weather nice and sunny. I'd love to go to Hawaii on day, thanks for this hub!

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      8 years ago

      Snokerling in Hawaii was great,,I loved it.Wish I was there doing it now.Great pictures.


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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a great hub!!! Hawaii is one place I'd really like to visit, even more so after reading your hub. Thanks!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I was certified to SCUBA dive in Hawaii,. Great warm water and lots to see and do. Enjoyed your hub!

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      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Love love love this! I m a diving fanatic and was diving in Kona - OMG the sea turtles and rainbow fish were amazing! Makes me want to get out the dive gear and just go! Thanks for a GREAT hub! Really Great!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I guess I prefer to stay above water because I don't swim. It is something to admire though. Nice pictures.


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