Boats moored in the shallow waters of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands’ Best Snorkeling

Good snorkeling is in the eye of the beholder, and though most people gravitate to reefs, sea grass and mangrove habitats are also fun to explore. With that in mind, here are the best places to snorkel in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

A woman snorkels amid boulders under Virgin Gorda's blue skies.

Snorkeling 101: Tips and Tricks

Everyone should try their hand at snorkeling. It is a simple, low-tech, and easy way to explore the wonderland of reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove forests, and sandy bottoms that exist around the coasts of many popular vacation destinations. These tips will help you enjoy a successful and safe snorkel experience.

Waves crash on the rocky, volcanic shorline of Wawaloli Beach.

Kona’s Beaches: South of the Airport

Kona’s beaches south of the airport are a motley crew. Worth a visit if you’re in the area looking for sand, you’ll find plenty of picnic areas and one or two spots to get in the water for snorkeling, swimming, or boarding. Here are directions, the best activities for each beach, and amenities.

An instructor gives a diving lesson in San Andrés. Photo © Andrew Dier.

San Andrés Snorkeling and Diving

San Andrés is surrounded by a well-preserved coral reef teeming with marine life that makes it a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. Here’s a roundup of the most popular sites, recommended dive operators, and a quick overview of what to expect.

O‘ahu’s leeward coast is a snorkeler’s dream come true.

Leeward O‘ahu Snorkeling and Diving

When the surf is flat and the ocean is calm, O‘ahu’s leeward coast is a underwater dream come true: anywhere you can get into the water is a good snorkel spot, and divers enjoy countless reefs, wrecks, and rock formations to explore. Hit up a rental shop or outfitter and jump in!

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Tips for Visiting Molokini Crater

A visit to Molokini Crater can be the best underwater experience you have in Maui… but if you’re not prepared, it could be disappointing, too. If you’re planning a trip to Molokini, here are the most important facts to keep in mind.