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.

Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

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.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Windsurfing Maui’s North Shore

Windsurfers flock to Maui’s North Shore in winter. Summer windsurfing is reserved for spots such as Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui where wind takes precedent over waves. Here are a few more locations that make for excellent windsurfing, along with area tips and directions.

Rocky shoreline of Three Tables Beach in Oahu.

Diving and Snorkeling O‘ahu’s North Shore

During the summer, from May to September, when the ocean is flat, O‘ahu’s North Shore beaches are an amazing place to snorkel. With a mix of rocks, reef, sand, calm waters, and favorable winds, just about anywhere you jump in the water will have some interesting underwater topography, coral, and marine life. For the best snorkeling and diving experience, try these locations and outfitters.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.