Last but certainly not least (and really not even last, as there are still other snorkeling spots on the island, but for the purpose of this series it will be)…
Yes, we’re grouping a bunch of sites together in this one post because our real suggestion is to take a snorkel cruise of the west side of the island. These truly are an incredible value and can easily be one of the highlights of your vacation.
When should I go?
Any time! The nice part about the west side of the island is that it tends to be drier, so even if it’s raining in Waikiki it could still be sunny and beautiful over there. Also, just want to mention once more that the winter months are when you’ll have a chance to see whales. December – April.
How can I get there?
Driving is a possibility, but if you really do take our advice and go with a snorkel cruise, they can provide transportation, which will be easiest so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or paying for parking.
What can I expect?
Alright, so the reason we prefer the snorkel cruise option is because it allows you to get so much more out of the experience. You sail around looking for dolphins and sea turtles (and there are usually a lot more dolphins on that side) before being dropped off in some of the best snorkel spots. Your knowledgeable captain will select the location based on the conditions of the day, so you don’t have to stress about driving around trying to figure out where you can actually see fish. They provide the snorkel gear and most will also include a meal and even alcoholic beverages! How can you say no to a day of sailing, snorkeling, eating, drinking and relaxing? We like Ocean Joy Cruises, Hawaii Nautical and Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.