Top 10 Places to Snorkel in Hawaii

Love snorkeling? Love Hawaii? Some of the best snorkeling beaches are located in the beautiful state of Hawaii, where clear and warm tropical waters are abundant. While there are snorkeling tours you can choose to be a part of, most people tend to go snorkeling on their own, which can make for some of the most fun and exciting snorkeling adventures. Snorkeling in Hawaii offers snorkelers close up views of some of the most gorgeous coral reefs and interesting marine life, making visiting Hawaii a must for any snorkeler, beginner or experienced.

The following locations are the top 10 places to snorkel in Hawaii.

  1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu. Hanauma Bay is the #1 place people choose to snorkel when in Hawaii. This underwater snorkeling park is very popular amongst seasoned snorkelers as there are more than 400 different kinds of Hawaiian fish species to see.
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  2. Shark’s Cove, Oahu. The shallow water areas offer plenty of exploring opportunities making it a family-friendly snorkeling adventure. Scuba Diving Magazine named Sharks Cove one of the top 12 shore dives in the world. More rocks than reefs in this popular snorkeling location.
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  1. Tunnels Beach, Kauai. This ultimate snorkeling beach is also popular amongst scuba divers and is surrounded by sandy beaches, lush forests and underwater cavers. All family members would enjoy spending the day at Tunnels Beach
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  1. Honolua Bay, Maui. This popular snorkeling location is part of the Marine Life Conservation District and surrounded by high cliffs which makes for calm waters. When exploring the coral reefs in Honolulu Bay snorkelers can see a wide variety of reef fish.


  1. Hulopoe Bay, Lanai. Lanai’s most popular snorkeling beach offers crystal clear blue waters that make it easy to see all the gorgeous marine life living in the reefs. Hulopoe Bay is part Marine Life Conservation District making it a protective marine preserve.


  1. Molokini Crater, Maui. Volcanic eruption created this perfect snorkeling location that offers should bring clear visibility and nearly 300 different kinds of marine life species. Scuba diving is also a popular pastime at the Molokini Crater in Maui.
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  1. Makaha Beach Park Oahu’s. Located on Oahu’s west coast, the see-through blue waters make this Hawaiian beach a favorite amongst both new and seasoned snorkelers. Summer snorkeling is more common due to calmer waters. Dolphins can often be seen from the shore.

  1. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island. Part of Marine Life Conservation District this snorkeling beach offers snorkelers a full day of reef exploration in gorgeous clear blue waters. Lots of tropical fish can be seen here as well as dolphins swimming out in the bay area.
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  1. Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai. Located on Kauai’s north shore, lots of snorkeling adventures are to be had here, especially during the summertime when waters are calmer. Beginner snorkeler will especially love this spot as a wide variety of fish as well as green sea turtles are often seen here.
    Ke'e Beach park snorkeling Kauai


  1. Kapalua Bay, Maui. This small snorkeling bay offers calm waters and has two reefs on each side, making it the perfect snorkeling location for people of all ages. Lots of marine life to be seen here, including a wide variety of fishes. i.e. butterfly fishes, parent fishes, porcupine fishes.
    Kapalua Bay Maui snorkeling

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3 Best Family Activities on Oahu, Hawaii

Currently planning your next family vacation to Hawaii? How excited you and your family must be! Oahu, Hawaii is a great family vacation destination, especially for families who are looking for some fun and adventuresome family activities to do while vacationing in Hawaii. Because there’s always something fun and exciting to do when visiting the gorgeous state of Hawaii, families often come back again and again with hopes of seeking new family adventures in Hawaii.

Taking a family vacation is a great way for families to learn and have fun together while exploring the world, making memories that will last forever.

3 Best Family Activities

The following are three of the best family activities that all ages will enjoy when taking a family vacation in Oahu, Hawaii.

1. Sea Life Park. Families love visiting this unique marine animal park, which is perfectly situated in the most perfect coastal area making it a top must-see when visiting Oahu. There’s a tropical bird aviary that all bird lovers will surely enjoy. There’s the opportunity to swim with dolphins and/or sea lions for those who are daring. There are also a number of super enjoyable marine life shows that can be watched throughout the day. One of the best things about Sea Life Park is that there are plenty of fun learning opportunities for kids that allow for a truly enjoyable and educational experience.


2. Waikiki Aquarium. The Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States and is located on a live coral reef. Cool! Well-known for its pioneering research, the aquarium is home to nearly 500 different types of marine life, and more than 3000 different types of marine creatures for everyone to closely explore. A ‘reef machine’ even offers a simulated view for understanding what a sea reef environment is really like. Kids will love being able to see everything close up and personal, including sharks for those who are brave!


3. Honolulu Zoo. The Honolulu Zoo offers families an impressive 42 acres of nearly 1300 different types of mammals, birds and reptiles, all located in an off the beaten path area where any family would surely enjoy spending the day. Conveniently tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Oahu zoo also offers a special section for smaller kids that allow them to get up close and personal with a variety of native animals. Another section houses hippopotamuses, giraffes, zebras and more in a manmade African Savanna habitat, which takes up 12 of the 42 acres.

hawaiian duck at the honolulu zoo

Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian duck) Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Zoo

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The Top Beaches in Northern Kauai

Why visit the beaches in Northern Kauai? The incredibly clear waters, the rocky yet lush green mountains, the many seaside cliffs and the many miles of shoreline that offer plenty of inlets and private coves to explore make this vacation destination one that is simply irresistible. Because the beaches in Northern Kauai are so spectacular many vacationers tend to spend weeks instead of days at this island getaway. There are plenty of beach-side accommodations, including gorgeous cottages that truly make for a private and fun island getaway vacation. Let’s explore the top beaches in Northern Kauai.

the top beaches of northern kauai

Northern Kauai is simply home to some of the most spectacular beaches in all the world!

Top Beaches in Northern Kauai

The following top beaches in Northern Kauai are listed in order, with the first 7 beaches being the most popular beaches. Because beaches in Northern Kauai tend to be calmer in the summer months, those who love to participate in water activities, like swimming, surfing, boating, etc. should make plans to vacation in Northern Kauai in the summertime.

  1. Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion. This top sandy beach is a favorite because the large sandy beach area is perfect for those who are simply looking for a relaxing day at the beach. Building sand castles and going for long walks are also a favorite pastime on this popular Northern Kauai beach.
  2. Waioli Beach Park. Also called Pine Trees Beach, this beach is perfect for those who love to play sports, like volleyball. Swimming is not recommended at this beach.
  3. Anini Beach. The perfect beach for those who enjoy surfing and snorkeling because it’s more shallow and therefore tends to have calmer waters. Also the perfect beach location for picnic fun.
  4. Ha’ena Beach Park. While this gorgeous beach offers plenty of stunning scenery, know that strong waves tend to keep swimmers and surfers away.
  5. Tunnels Beach. This beach offers visitors plenty of fun things to do, like snorkeling and diving into the deep blue waters. The lush mountain landscape view makes this a must-see beach.
  6. Ke’s Beach. This beach has a lagoon area that offers some of the absolute best sunset views. Snorkelers love visiting this beach in the summertime when the waters are calm and clear.
  7. Hideaway Beach. Like the name implies, this hidden beach offers visitors gorgeous views as well as some of the best snorkeling opportunity’s. Because the trek to get to this northern beach is long, visitors need to be in good health to visit this top-rated beach located in Norther Kauai.

Other popular beaches in Northern Kauai include:

  • Black Pot Beach Park
  • Cannons Beach
  • Hanakapiai Beach
  • Honopu Beach, aka Cathedral Beach
  • Kahalahala Beach
  • Kalalau Beach
  • Kalihiwai Beach
  • Kepuhi Beach
  • Kilauea Bay
  • Larsen’s Beach
  • Lumahai Beach
  • Pali Ke Kua Beach
  • Pila’s Beach
  • Pu’u Poa Beach
  • Queens Beach
  • Rock Quarry Beach
  • Sea Lodge Beach
  • Secret Beach
  • Turtle Cove
  • Waiakalua Beaches
  • Waikoko Beach
  • Wainiha Beach
  • Wyllie Beach

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Major Hawaii Airfare Sale! – ENDED

Update:  2/13/18:  Most of these special deals are gone at this point.  If you want me to give you a custom quote, email


There’s a major Hawaii airfare sale!

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Flights prices are incredible:

To: Honolulu, Hawaii 
Albuquerque $330
Atlanta $440
Austin $373
Burbank $326
Boise $418
Detroit $489
El Paso $368
Fresno $420
Fort Lauderdale $406
Kansas City $498
Las Vegas $398
Los Angeles $375
Milwaukee $507
Nashville $452
Oakland $323
Oklahoma City $375
Omaha $428
Orlando $378
Palm Springs $445
Phoenix $414
Pittsburgh $539
Portland $353
Raleigh $424
Reno $404
Sacramento $495
San Antonio $390
San Jose $319
Santa Ana $313
Seattle $387
St. Louis $435
Tallahassee $495
Tucson $344

To: Maui, Hawaii (Kahului)
Albuquerque $329
Austin $372
Boise $399
Burbank $402
El Paso $368
Fort Lauderdale $413
Las Vegas $300
Los Angeles $425
Nashville $453
Oakland $375
Phoenix $315
Portland $350
Raleigh $425
Reno $402
Sacramento $332
San Francisco $375
San Jose $335
Salt Lake City $329
Seattle $350
Tucson $374

To: Kauai, Hawaii 
Austin $400
Boise $486
Boston $422
Burbank $580
El Paso $447
Fresno $483
Los Angeles $337
Oakland $378
Portland $383
Reno $479
Sacramento $469
San Antonio $490
San Diego $354
Salt Lake City $455
Seattle $353

To: Kona, Hawaii (Big Island
Austin $392
Boise $402
Boston $423
Detroit $513
Fresno $435
Ft Meyers $435
Indianapolis $502
Las Vegas $316
Los Angeles $452
Oakland $335
Orlando $344
Portland $350
Reno $411
Sacramento $421
San Antonio $410
San Diego $335
San Jose $335
Seattle $331
Tucson $381

Get the best deals when combining your hotels/condos with rental cars as some packages offer extra coupons.

As a travel agent, I don’t charge any fees when booking as part of a package, but for airfare alone, I’d have to charge a fee as I wouldn’t make any commission.

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So, I’m giving away $500 towards a Hawaii trip planned by myself.  This is a $500 coupon off the total price of your next Hawaii trip and must include hotel or condo and one other element  – either flights or car rental.  You must be at least 21 years old to enter the contest and live in the USA – excluding Hawaii.  You will need to travel to Hawaii during 2018 in order to receive the $500 coupon off your trip.

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Hawaiian Gift Guide 2017

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