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How is Snorkeling Done in Lanai, HI? Benefits, Tips on Snorkel Gear for Beginners & More
When you snorkel, you can explore the beauty of the underwater world with the help of a diving mask, a snorkel and, usually fins. Snorkeling is typically done in shallow water where you can watch life under the sea from the surface of the water. Snorkeling can exercise your sense of discovery and your body. The best places to snorkel are in warm, calm seas with clear water. The richness of the seabed and underwater life found in coral reefs make them a favorite location to snorkel.
Benefits of Snorkeling
• You won’t be completely underwater, so you don’t need oxygen cylinders because you’re at the surface of the water. Many people are less fearful of snorkeling for this reason.
• You don’t need any qualifications to snorkel and are free to explore at your own pace and the way you want to. Scuba diving involves more organization too.
• Snorkeling is less expensive than scuba diving. There’s less equipment needed, and snorkeling is usually done at a public beach, which means it’s free!
• There isn’t a lot of physical effort involved with snorkeling and anyone can do it. All it is floating at the surface of the water.
Snorkel Gear Tips for Beginners
The more you snorkel, the easier it will get. Assuming you have well-fitting equipment, there are some tips to make it easier.
• Make sure the mask you’re using fits your face. Once the mask is on, breathe through your nose and make sure it seals perfectly and stays on without you having to hold it for as long as you breathe in. If air gets in, so will water. Make sure the seal is free of hair and if you have a moustache, you should use some Vaseline under your nose to act like a gasket. Place the strap at the widest part of your head towards the top of the back of your head. Make sure it isn’t too tight or the seal may break, and water will leak in.
• Practice breathing through the snorkel when you’re out of the water. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close you lips around it. Just rest your teeth on the bite portion and don’t bite on it. Biting on it will just make your jaw sore.
• The fins you use should fit snug, but not too tight. If they’re too tight, you may get cramps while you’re snorkeling. If they’re too big, they might slip off. Try them on when your feet are wet to see how tight they’ll be.
• Know your limitations and don’t get yourself in a situation that might make you feel anxious. Consider the water temperatures, currents and visibility. It can be easy to drift off and lose track of your location, so check for the boat every few minutes.
• Try and relax. The more relaxed you are, the more pleasurable the experience will be.
Snorkeling Tours & More in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
Snorkeling is a great way to get interested in the beauty that lives under the sea and Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful spots to snorkel. Contact Gemini Sailing Tours today to book one of our snorkeling tours!