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snorkeling tours near me

There are so many incredible places across the Hawaiian islands that offer a glance at the bustling tropical reefs. The best snorkeling spots depend on where you are staying, on what island, and what you are looking to explore during your time in the water. If you feel overwhelmed sifting through TripAdvisor, tour books, or even Google Maps, then keep reading and I’ll walk you through how I was able to find the best snorkeling near me.

Looked at Local Tour Recommendations and Reviews around Kona

Something that I found super insightful was to get insider tips. I reached out to locals, friends who have traveled to the Big Island, and fellow snorkeling enthusiasts. Their personal recommendations, and the so-called Hawaiian “Coconut Wireless” proved invaluable in finding the best tours.

While word of mouth is incredible, there is something to be said about looking into where the highest rated snorkel tour companies near you take their snorkel groups. While some of these reefs may be inaccessible if you don’t have a boat, you may find popular reefs just off shore depending on where in Hawaii you are staying.

Contacted the Highest Rated Snorkel Tours in my Area

If this is your first time traveling to the Hawaiian islands you may want to contact a trusted local tour company versus venturing out on your own. Not only will a snorkel boat tour be able to take you to multiple amazing places along the coastline, but you will learn more about the wondrous underwater world and the life that lives within. Tours will also be able to fully equip you with everything you need and are the safest way to come into close contact with marine life.

I have written in the past about how to find the best snorkel tours near you, those article dive more in depth on what you should be on the lookout for when booking your most amazing adventure.

Researched the Snorkel Tour Destinations

As I mentioned, some of the best snorkel locations across Hawaii will be featured on the most popular tours near you. This is not only because they are filled with amazing tropical marine life, but they are stunning natural landscapes. I highly recommend that you book with an accredited local boat as they will be able to safely get you to these destinations and provide a wealth of insight to the creatures that you will come into close contact with.

If you haven’t booked your tickets to a particular island yet, you may want to look into the different tropical estuaries that each has to offer. My favorite is by far the Kona Coastline on the Big Island. Not only are the most popular bays home to everything from reef fish to spinner dolphins, but they are pristine. Read more about my favorite places to go snorkeling in Kona here.