Leleiwi Beach Park is one of the top spots for snorkeling and diving.

Hilo Water Sports on the Big Island

Although all water sports are possible in Hilo, it’s more difficult to rent equipment on this side of the island. Here are all the best locales for Hilo’s various sports, from kayaking to diving to surfing and more, along with the best outfitters to try for equipment if you don’t have your own.

Thanks to its protected status as a marine preserve, the reef at Hulopo‘e Beach Park is in better shape than other places in Lana‘i.

Lana‘i Snorkeling

Lana‘i snorkeling is some of the best in Hawaii thanks to a protected marine reserve. Here’s where to go, including types of local marine life commonly spotted and snorkeling tips for each location, as well as available charters and what they offer.

Maui Ocean Riders offers the opportunity to witness little-seen areas of Lana‘i, such as Polihua Beach.

Lahaina Snorkeling Charters

Snorkeling charters in Lahaina run the gamut from small inflatable rafts to massive two-tiered catamarans. Since it’s important to match the tour company to the type of experience you want, here’s a summary of all Lahaina’s providers, including what they offer, prices, and scheduling.

The northernmost beach in Kihei where you would want to snorkel is Charley Young beach, which is also known as the north end of Kamaole I.

Snorkeling in Kihei, Maui

Here’s everything you need to know about snorkeling in Kihei, including where and when to go, what you’ll sight, rental shops and outfitters, and which boat tours that focus on sightseeing and snorkeling.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the state and the most popular snorkeling site on O‘ahu.

Snorkeling Southeast and Windward O‘ahu

Southeast and Windward O‘ahu have some great snorkeling locales, but it’s up to you find the best spots dependant on weather and ocean conditions. Use these location suggestions and tips along with area and outfitter advice to craft your snorkeling day.

Early mornings are the best time for snorkeling in La Perouse Bay.

Snorkeling South Maui: Makena and Beyond

Makena offers some of the south side’s best snorkeling, but sometimes the entry and exit points can be a little challenging. There are a few spots suitable for beginners, as well as a few hard-to-reach gems. Here’s where to go, what you’ll see, and seasonal tips.

Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Snorkeling Charters from Ma‘alaea Bay

If you want to snorkel the amazing underwater world of Molokini Crater, you’ll need to charter a boat from Ma‘alaea Bay. You’ll have plenty of choice in your experience, from low to high-priced trips, snorkeling or snuba, sailing or power catamarans, and excursions that incorporate other good snorkeling sites.