To really enjoy snorkeling, you need more than fins and a mask! Based on that and experience, here are my recommendations for the best snorkeling gear for beginners….
Everyone raves about snorkeling tours, or snorkeling boat trips. But we had so much fun snorkeling the Big Island off the beach that we passed them up at first. We got to go on our own schedule. So we went earlier in the day when visibility was better and sunburn was less.
But, to see what we were missing, we tried snorkeling boat trips in Cozumel and Florida.
Unfortunately, we found exactly what we were expecting.
Our experience with snorkeling tours
Snorkeling was high on our list of things to do in Maui planning our family trip to Hawaii. The first time my husband and I ever snorkeled was on the Big Island of Hawaii. We had the most AMAZING snorkeling experiences. So we were really looking forward to Maui Snorkeling.
Our Big Island trip was pre-internet and pre-kids. We bought a guide book and only snorkeled offshore beach access. We saw scores of tropical fish – like the yellow tangs pictured above, eels, and turtles. Those first snorkeling experiences became the inspiration for the underwater scenes in my children’s book about a mermaid, Miri Attwater and the Ocean’s Secret.
Everywhere we snorkeled on the Big Island, we went early in the morning off a beach. We left when the visibility was getting worse. And laughed as the snorkeling boat trips pulled up in droves as we got out! People were paying for a boat ride to see a worse version of what we’d seen for FREE.
We later tried a couple of boat snorkeling tours. They were both disappointments.
So for this trip, we prepared to snorkel Maui from shore….
Here’s how to keep your Hawaiian fresh flower lei fresh, so you can wear it more than one evening. You’ll have to plan ahead to do this!…
The secret to the best tropical beach vacation ever at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is to have a beach rental – rent a beach tent or cabana for a day – or two!
You have to do this ahead of time, when you make your reservations, because they fill to capacity. Before you’ve been there, it’s almost impossible understand your different options. There aren’t any photos on the hotel website, and you don’t know the layout of the hotel and beach. But the beach services center at the Hyatt Regency Maui did end up giving me the perfect recommendation after asking about my family’s likes and activities!
But so you won’t have to just guess and hope they give you the right recommendation, read on to find out about the different types of beach rentals we saw at the Hyatt Regency Maui Spa and Resort, and how to reserve them….
The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa really is the best place to stay on Maui, but here are some tips to make your stay even better!…
I’ve only stayed at resorts three times in my entire life. The very first time I stayed at a resort was on a trip to Hawaii twenty years ago. So when we finally got the chance to take our teens to Hawaii, I knew we’d really have to stay in a resort to give our teens the Hawaii experience I remembered.
This is the part where I’m supposed to start gushing about how everything at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa was perfect, and heavenly, and paradise!
But I’m not going to do that.
But I’m still going to show you why the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is the BEST place to stay. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close….
West Maui is one of the three different areas we stayed in during our Maui vacation. Keeping the areas straight even on such a tiny island isn’t easy. Especially when all the guide books like to tell you that every location is wonderful!
Here are our impressions of West Maui….
South Maui is one of the three different areas we stayed in during our Maui vacation. There are 2 main resort areas and at least 4 other areas where visitors can stay. That means keeping the areas straight even on such a tiny island isn’t easy. Especially when all the guide books like to tell you that every location is wonderful!
Here are our impressions of South Maui….
East Maui is one of the three different areas we stayed in during our Maui vacation. Keeping the areas straight on even such a tiny island isn’t easy. Especially when all the guide books like to tell you that every location is wonderful!
Here are our impressions of East Maui….