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Niihau Snorkeling Tours

Once we reach Niihau, several ideal snorkeling areas are available in and around Lehua crater. Little traffic in the area provides ideal snorkeling conditions with water clarity of 50-100-foot visibility most days and an incredibly diverse variety of reef fish and marine life to enjoy.

Niihau Snorkeling Tours – A Quick How-To

Niihau Snorkeling Tours offer a special in-water experience. Snorkeling is fairly easy (as long as you are comfortable in the ocean and know how to swim!) if you are able to relax, in fact, you rarely need much movement of your arms. Instead, it is better if you hold your arms straight back along your side, keep your legs straight and kick slowly and smoothly, without bending your knees much. The most important thing is to breathe with slow, even breaths, and stay aware of your surroundings. A crew member gives you instructions on the use of the equipment and designates a snorkel area for you to stay within while another crew member is in the water with you on a big surfboard, so if at any point you find yourself getting anxious, they’re nearby to give you a hand.

Why Our Niihau Snorkeling Tour?

We provide high-quality snorkel gear, silicone masks in various sizes and prescription lenses, as well as the snorkel. The snorkel is the breathing tube that allows you to stay in the water for extended periods of time, not having to waste your energy or disturb fish by lifting your head out of the water every time you need to take a breath. You want a snorkel with a comfortable mouthpiece, something that is smooth and soft. A snorkel holder is a handy feature; it attaches the snorkel to your mask strap, ensuring that the snorkel tube stays upright while your face is in the water.

The mask is what allows you to see underwater. We provide several sizes and shapes, for children and adults, so you can find the perfect fit on our Niihau Snorkeling Tours. All masks include a mask strap to fit around your head. Masks cover your eyes and your nose, allowing you to see underwater and plugging your nose, so you do not release air from your nose that would cause bubbles to appear directly in your field of vision. We have masks with vision-correcting lenses available in various diopter increments. Defog solution is available on board to prevent your mask from fogging up while you are in the water.

Fins are an important addition to snorkeling; they help you swim with ease and give you much more speed with minimal effort. Fins are required because strong currents or an underwater distraction can cause you to drift away from the snorkeling area. We provide enclosed-foot fins that easily slip on to your bare feet in a variety of sizes that correlate to your shoe size.

Wetsuits are not necessary in Hawaii as the average water temperature year-round ranges from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. We do not have any wetsuits available on our Niihau Snorkeling Tours, but you are welcome to bring your own. Sunscreen is highly recommended throughout the trip; the Hawaiian sun is strong, especially when spending your day at sea, and can easily burn all skin types. We offer reef-friendly sunscreen complimentary on-board, better for the environment and better for your body! We also recommend wearing clothing, like rash guards or other SPF protective shirts to wear in the water and on-board to protect yourself during a long day on the water. 

Note that Snorkeling is Not for Everyone…

We do not recommend snorkeling for those who are unable to swim. Flotation is available but should be used only for assistance. Pool noodles are available to support you while snorkeling, it is best to lay with them under your armpits to provide some extra flotation. We do not provide life jackets for snorkeling as life jackets are designed to keep your face out of the water, which makes snorkeling impossible! 

Snorkeling is not advised for those with physical, mental, or medical conditions that may make their participation unsafe. It is not a good idea for those with a strong fear of the ocean or ocean animals to partake in snorkeling. It may not be recommended if seasickness is prevalent as this, or other ailments, could cause panic or fatigue in the water. Those who do not wish to snorkel in Hawaii are welcomed to stay aboard the vessel, enjoy refreshments, and chat with our friendly staff. Come see why families love our Niihau Snorkeling Tours.