Two surfers carrying their boards are silhouetted against an orange sky as the setting sun reflects off the water.

Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather

During Hawai‘i’s winter, from October to April, and sometimes into spring, storms in the North Pacific create very large, open ocean swells. Big waves are great news for surfers, but they’re a worst-case scenario for snorkelers and divers. Learn more about the best times to visit O‘ahu for both surfers and snorkelers.

The stone arches of the Seven Mile Bridge stretch out over the aqua ocean.

Spend a Week in the Florida Keys

First-time visitors to the Florida Keys should set aside at least a week to experience the best that these legendary islands—plus the gateway areas of Miami and the Everglades—have to offer. Author Laura Martone shares an exciting itinerary to help you plan your time.

From Sambo Creek, you can arrange for a snorkel trip to Cayos Cochinos. Photo © butforthesky.com, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sambo Creek near Corozal, Honduras

A few kilometers east of Corozal, and more appealing, is Sambo Creek, another Garífuna village at the mouth of a small river. Day trips to the Cayos Cochinos can be arranged through boatmen here.

Underwater photo of two divers and a bus-sized whale shark with schools of fish.

The Five Best Sites to Snorkel or Dive in the Galápagos

The Galápagos may be the best destination worldwide for watching wildlife on land, but the marine marvels underwater are beyond belief. From snorkeling with playful sea lion pups and nonchalant sea turtles to diving with hammerheads and whale sharks, the Caribbean and Red Sea simply pale in comparison.

A fountain with sculpted figures lit up at night.

Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.