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….