Maui’s warm waters are home to tropical fish, vibrant coral reefs, gentle sea turtles, and in the winter months, massive humpback whales. It’s no wonder that snorkeling is one of the favorite activities for visitors to the Valley Isle. Here are some tips to enjoy your time in the water and spot some amazing sea life.
It’s easy to forget sunscreen when surrounded by refreshing warm saltwater, but the sun’s rays can still burn your backside. To protect the reef, be sure to use a sunscreen that is oxybenzone-free.
Be Mindful Of The Reef & Sea Life When Snorkeling
Because the colorful coral is fragile and takes years to grow, it is important to be careful around it. Unless it’s an emergency, do not touch or stand on coral. Sea turtles are also a protected species, so while it’s fine to swim by them, do not touch.
Snorkel With A Friend
It’s always more fun to share experiences with family and friends, and the same is true with snorkeling. It’s also safer to snorkel with a partner in case of an emergency.
Rent Quality Snorkel Gear
Leaky masks are a surefire way to ruin your perfect snorkeling excursion. Go to a reputable rental facility before getting to the beach for the best results. Also consider purchasing a waterproof disposable camera to capture fun moments in the water.
It’s always good to be mindful of your surroundings, but snorkeling should be fun! Try to spot a humuhumunukunukuapuaa—the state fish! As with all water activities, pay attention to ocean conditions and don’t go out too far. Try to pick a beach with a lifeguard on duty. When in doubt, don’t go out!
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