White sand, tropical coral reef, and crystal clear water make for the perfect snorkeling conditions and Oahu is home to some spectacular snorkeling.
Hanauma Bay is a protected marine life conservation area east of downtown Honolulu near Koko Head. The beautiful reef and abundance of tropical fish are results of years of preservation efforts and is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling.
This large sandbar off of Kaneohe Bay on east Oahu is surrounded by lively coral reef, making for a great spot to snorkel. Many consider the sandbar a “must-see” attraction because of it’s beautiful expansive miles long stretch of white sand.
Kuilima Cove, on Oahu’s North Shore, is a perfect place for snorkeling newbies. The cove is protected by two points on either end, making the water’s calm but beware of going out in the water during high swells when there is a strong current.
Queen’s Beach / Sans Souci Beach
Queens Beach and Sans Souci Beach are popular snorkeling options on Waikiki Beach. When there is no swell and the water is calm, there is a great reef to spot tropical fish and colorful coral at Queen’s Beach right in front of the Waikiki Aquarium. Sans Souci Beach is located just south of Queens Beach. It is a family-friendly shallow and sandy beach that is a fun snorkeling spot for all.
Shark’s Cove is one of the island’s best snorkeling spots and is located on the world famous North Shore of Oahu. Expect to see the cove bustling with sea life, and don’t worry usually the only type of sharks seen here are small white tip reef sharks. To the south of the cove are the Pupukea tide pools if you are looking for some calmer water.