An archipelago of 19 main islands bathed by the waters of the Pacific, Hawaii is considered a paradise on earth. Here you will find dream beaches, green cliffs, plenty of volcanoes and unforgettable snorkeling adventures!

Hawaii is home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the United States. Snorkeling in Hawaii offers a chance to appreciate the beauty and importance of coral reef conservation. 

If snorkeling is the main reasons for your trip to Hawaii, choose the islands you visit carefully. Of the archipelago’s four main islands, Maui and the Big Island  will have some of the best snorkeling spots. Maui is renowned for its green sea turtle populations and the Big Island is know for its superb reefs, especially Two Step.           

Oahu, where Hanauma Bay claims the title of the most popular snorkeling spot in the world, and Kauai also have some very fine spots to explore, as long as you choose your spots with care.

Snorkeling in Hawaii offers a fusion of natural beauty, marine biodiversity and an opportunity to spend some time in paradise. 



Snorkeling destinations in Hawaii


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Maui is the second biggest island in Hawaii and one of the most visited. Along with Big Island, it is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the archipelago. Its 120 miles of coastline are home to dozens of snorkeling sites for all levels, most of them with free shore access. Maui is certainly t (...)

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Oahu is the most visited of the Hawaiian islands. Its sheltered waters and easy-to-access beaches make Oahu a good option for shore snorkeling. Hanauma Bay, a gorgeous turquoise bay located only a few minutes drive from Honolulu, is by far the most visited snorkeling spot in Oahu, but there some oth (...)
Big Island

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Where else could you meet turtles and schools of tropical fish in healthy coral reefs, snorkel at night with huge manta rays, or get face-to-face with a pod of spinner dolphins in shallow, clear blue water? The Big Island is full of surprises and delights - maybe the best snorkeling destination in H (...)

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With its canyons, breathtaking cliffs beaten by the ocean and luxuriant vegetation, Kauai truly deserves its nickname, the Garden Island. For many people, Kauai is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Snorkeling in Kauai is not considered the best in the Hawaiian archipelago, but the isla (...)