Snorkeling in Hawaii is magical.
Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough have captured my attention and imagination for years. I can spend hours watching their programs on the wonders of nature and the animal kingdom. So far the closest I’ve ever been to experiencing what they’ve shown has been from the comfort of my living room, but that is all about to change. Now I haven’t just woken up this morning and magically become a scientist or been transformed into a scuba diver but I can take a tour with the fine folks of Body Glove Hawaii off the coast of Kailua Kona to Whale watch and go snorkeling off of a reef. I may not be able to dive deep but I can float on the surface of the ocean and with the crystal clear waters of Hawaii to buoy me I should be able to have my own National Geographic experience. 30 Days In Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without some snorkel time.
My travel buddy John Biehler has lots of snorkeling experience but this will be my official 2nd time. The 1st time was only a couple of weeks ago in Kauai. Our days starts off early in the morning, the sun is shining and both John and I have lathered on the sunscreen. We board the Body Glove Hawaii Catamaran at the Warf right in front of the Kona Beach Hotel, super convenient as that’s where we are staying.
All aboard we are with about 30 other people that are all excited about a morning on and in the water, and off we go. The first 20 minutes or so of our ride is breakfast time and a quick safety briefing from the Captain and Crew. It always impresses me the great food the crews prepare for these types of adventures. Bottomless coffee and all the pineapple you could eat, yummy.
On our way out to our snorkel location we stopped a couple of times due to Whale sightings. This is the absolute best time of year to see Whales in Hawaii as they are raising their young babies here before they head back north to the artic to feed. If you look closely in this photo you can just see a Whales Tail emerging from the water. I learned that when you see the tail it means that the Whale is diving so the show is over. This is probably my 8th or 10th time seeing Whales since I arrived in Hawaii and it never gets old, I swear it. There are things to see above water as well though as we caught sight of a Parasail off in the distance.
We arrive at our reef and the Crew jumps into action. We are anchored, given a quick lesson on how to snorkel and then it’s time to suit up and get in the water. I’ve got my Go Pro strapped to my chest, and John is taking his hand held. Between the two of us we are bound to capture some great moments.
John heads in first and I’m very quick to follow. The water is glorious. We spent an easy 30 minutes just floating and exploring the reef and area. Some of the other folks on the cruise opted to try Snuba, which is a hybrid of snorkeling and scuba diving. The disadvantage of Snuba is that you have to stay close to the oxygen tank/raft but the benefit is you can dive and stay under water longer since you have access to oxygen.
There is another option available to us other than snuba and that is to rent a Torpedo. John jumped at it and wanted to live out his James Bond fantasy under water. Super fun, the torpedo propels you forward and you can use your flippers to help steer. With a bit of practice we be torpedo super stars I’m sure
Last but not least our Catamaran has a water slide. Well the kid inside can’t let that go without at least one try. I put together a video clip with short pieces of all our under water adventures including cannon balling off the slide. Enjoy.
Shockingly enough an hour or so in the water is tiring and works up an appetite. By the time we are out of the water lunch is served, we eat and then it’s time to head back to Kona. A fantastic morning and we could not have asked for better weather. The motto of the day was apply sunscreen ever 15 minutes .
No matter which island of Hawaii you visit you will have a chance to snorkel, I say do it! As many times as you can, it’s magical.
Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.