Tom's Tips - Maui Snorkeling Tours


Maui offers up many snorkeling tours going to many different destinations. If there was one general principle that would apply to them all it would be to do your snorkeling in the morning, the earlier the better. Generally speaking the prevailing trade winds are non existent in the early morning hours and then tend to gain strength about mid-morning and by the afternoon they have accelerated to a 'full blow'. The tours that generally depart in the afternoon hours like the afternoon Molokini tours (which almost never go to Molokini but to Coral Gardens instead) are designed to make use of natural wind blocks that can be tucked in to to avoid the winds and find calm water.

A second determination factor might be for you to decide what level of adventure you would like your snorkel tour to achieve. If you are a high-octane adventure enthusiast you might be more inclined to enjoy one of the speedy zodiac rafts or rigid-hulled inflatables that zip in and out of caves and close to coastlines and generally speaking go much faster than the larger boats. These also take less people so you are likely to have more personalization on the trip and be able to ask more questions of the captain. If you possibly tend toward motion sickness, stick to one of the larger vessels, most of which are catamarans, that have a broad beam and are more stable on the water. These larger vessels will also have specialty items like bathrooms and running water and changing rooms.

One question we often get regarding our snorkeling tours is "do I have to bring my own snorkel mask?". The answer is a resounding no. All the boats will have them for you and many of the larger boats will even supply optical masks that will approximate your level of eye correction necessary to see well, but if you are really wanting precision in your mask, bring your own. There is a good likelihood that the mask you get from the boat will leak on your face. This is actually unavoidable. For a one person owner the mask will tend to align itself with the features of your face and provide a non-leak seal. The masks on board any of the boats are of course used over and over again by people of all facial contours and they will often distort to a small degree and may not provide the perfect fit when you put it on.




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Hawaii snorkeling is by far the single most popular category of activities to be found in Hawaii. One reason for this is that snorkeling in Hawaii is often a component of many different types of tours found on any individual island such as many of the dolphin watches, whale watches, diving tours, raft excursions and even in some cases dinner cruises.

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