Snorkeling in Hawaii is what opened our hearts to the fantastic beauty of the underwater world, and the joy of floating on warm tropical waters. And we have snorkeled the dickens out of Hawaii in the last ten years. This is true tropical snorkeling bliss. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather and water and fun boat tours.
Explore below to learn what snorkeling Hawaii is like, an overview of where to find the snorkel spots and the best time of year to plan your trip. We also share what islands are the best overall. You can also just jump to the individual island you are interested in to get highly detailed descriptions for our favorite snorkeling spots and beaches.
Which Island Has The Best Snorkeling?
This is pretty easy to answer. The Big Island and Maui far exceed Oahu and Kauai in terms of the amount of snorkeling locations and the quality and quantity of healthy reefs, fish and other sea life. If big fields of corals are your thing, the Big Island is probably best for you. But if you really love snorkeling with Green Sea Turtles, then Maui has the edge.