Exploring Hawaii – The Big Island
There are so many great spots to snorkel here in Hawaii. The Big Island, Hawaii is known for its clear waters. It is the youngest island in the chain and most of its coastline is rocky. This means that there is not as much sand or sediment to stir up in the water which keeps our waters noticeably clear.
Two Steps is one of my favorite places to snorkel. It is located right next to the National Park called Puuhonua o Honaunau or, to make it easier for those of you that don’t speak Hawaiian, The Place of Refuge. If we go out early enough, we are frequently rewarded with seeing and being able to swim with dolphins. I think they are just as curious about us as we are about them. They almost always do several swim byes to check us out before they move along. Even if you don’t go out early, you are sure to see plenty of beautifully colored fish and a huge underwater coral garden.
The best time to go snorkeling is in the morning. Right around 9:00 AM, the sun is up high enough in the sky to give you a great view of what is below the water. Be sure to wear plenty of reef friendly sunscreen. You don’t want to ruin your trip with a bad sun burn.
We were out snorkeling and found this curious sea turtle. He came over to check us out, well at least the Go Pro we were using. Then he was on his way. It is always a great experience to see something rare!
You never know what you are going to see under this sea! A huge variety of bright colored fish, eel, eagle rays, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and maybe even an octopus if you are lucky.
This is an adventure you don’t want to miss!
So here’s the great thing about this adventure. You can do it for FREE! There are plenty of boats that take people to some beautiful snorkeling spots along our coast but most of the spots you can get to on your own and don’t need to pay the large fee per person that you would pay on a boat. Now with that said they do provide snorkel gear. But you can purchase some inexpensive gear at Wal Mart or bring your own from home.