Snorkeling Safety Tips

Snorkeling will be one of the most affordable and enjoyable activities you experience in Hawaii. This page is a list of snorkeling safety tips to help you get the most out of your snorkeling experience.

Maui Snorkeling Safety Tips

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Once you’re in the water, follow these snorkeling safety tips, and you are sure to have a great time.

Visit our Maui snorkel map to find all the best snorkeling spots for you and your family while you are here on vacation.

Buddy System

Always snorkel with a buddy, and be sure to stay close to each other.

Maui snorkeling safety tips

Clear Water Only

Do not snorkel in murky or turbid water.

Check Weather Conditions

Assess wave, current & wind conditions before entering the water. All Maui beaches are subject to high surf & may be hazardous, particularly for the novice. Call the National Weather Service at (866)944-5025 for current marine advisories. Check current Maui weather and snorkel conditions.

Check Ocean Currents

Be aware of ocean currents. If you get caught in one, don’t swim against it, swim perpendicular to the current to get out of it.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid alcohol consumption prior to water activities.

Hands To Yourself

Don’t approach or touch marine animals or organisms.

Use Common Sense

Use your common sense. You are responsible for your own safety. When in doubt, don’t go out.

No Feeding

Don’t feed the fish – no good for da buggahs.

Stay Near Shore

Know your limits and do not venture too far from shore.

Avoid Exhaustion

To avoid exhaustion, consider snorkeling with a flotation device.

Check Your Surroundings

Be aware of your surroundings. If you become distressed, don’t panic. Notify your buddy, and wave to a lifeguard or people on shore.

Diving Down Safety

Don’t dive below the surface unless you have had professional training. Ear injury can result.

Avoid Large Surf

Makena Beach is very dangerous in large surf conditions. In these conditions, find somewhere else to snorkel.

Keep Mask Clear

Don’t forget to put No Fog in your mask. There are no fog lights in our masks.

Fragile Reef. No Standing

Don’t stand on coral reefs. They are fragile micro-environments that don’t like to be touched.

Have A Safe And Fun Experience.

Don’t forget to have fun!

Maui County Ocean Safety Video