Hawaii Snorkeling Gear Rentals
Snorkeling is the best way to experience the beautiful and clear waters of Hawaii. And there’s no better way to get up close and personal with Oahu’s natural beauty and unique wildlife than snorkeling through its crystal clear waters.
It’s common to find pristine coral, lively reef fish, ocean rays and even turtles. We want you to have a great experience while visiting the underwater world and this is why we offer highest quality rental gear. Our snorkel rentals include a mask, snorkel, and set of sized fins.
All rental gear is cleaned and sanitized after every use. We ask that you pease rinse thoroughly all gear with fresh water after using. This helps keep the rental gear in good use for the next customers.
We have both adult and child snorkel gear sizes available.
What you should know about snorkeling on Oahu.
Hawai’i is a super special place- not only for its natural beauty, but also because of the immense biodiversity it offers. In fact, due to its incredibly remote location, Hawai’i is home to many species of animals and plantlife that are found literally nowhere else on the planet.
As such, it’s important that you care for and respect Hawai’i’s nature when you’re visiting- one of the easiest ways you can do so is by following the Leave No Trace principles. In particular:
Marine creatures are wild animals and are not there to act as your selfie prop- don’t chase after them or touch them and be sure to observe them from a reasonable distance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends staying 50 yards away from dolphins, sea turtles, and seals in the water and 100 yards away if you’re somehow lucky enough to sneak a peek of a whale.
Also, please don’t feed any sea creatures- it’s shown to really mess up the natural ecosystem. Plus, if you go snorkeling where we suggest, you’ll see plenty of wildlife without needing to give out fish food!
Leave what you find:
This goes hand-in-hand with the last point, but don’t touch anything and leave everything, including shells, where you found it- not only to protect the ocean flora and fauna, but also you. There are many sea creatures that are venomous and can cause death.
Dispose of waste properly:
Be mindful to clean up after yourself on the beach, collecting all wrappers, bottles, and other waste and throwing it away properly. Rubbish left on the beach will eventually get swept into the ocean by the rising tide, which is how you get those sad YouTube videos of sea turtles with their heads stuck in plastic six-pack rings.
Protect the Coral Reef:
Coral reefs are really important to so many facets of our world- they are a crucial part of the marine life ecosystem, provide protection to coastlines from storms and erosion, and act as a source for new medicines. Due to really depressing reasons, like global warming, coral reefs around the world are dying, but you can do your part to preserve it!
Do not touch, kick, or stand on the coral- while coral may look like a rock, it’s a living creature, made up of millions of tiny microorganisms. Even simply touching coral can break off one of these microorganisms, which, in the best case scenario, will take years to grow back.
Please use Reef - Safe sunscreens
Also, did you know your sunscreen can hurt the coral? Some chemicals found in common sunscreens can cause coral bleaching, damage the DNA of corals, and increase abnormal growth and deformities within reefs.
Snorkeling can be dangerous
Snorkeling sounds like a pretty low key activity, but it isn’t something that should be taken lightly- since 2009, over 200 people have died in Hawai’i while snorkeling. So before you don those flippers, make sure you can follow the tips below:
- If you’re traveling solo, you can go with a tour group to any of the awesome off-shore snorkeling destinations in Oahu. There are now many ways to link up with others to enjoy a day of snorkeling. We highly encourage folks to snorkel and dive with a buddy.
- Before you go snorkeling in the ocean, make sure you’re a confident swimmer. Even the best pool swimmers are not ready for what mother ocean can offer up. If you need an extra boost of confidence, consider wearing a snorkel vest (similar to a life vest but specifically designed to be used while snorkeling).
- Make sure to get snorkel gear that fits properly. Also, steer clear of full face snorkel masks, which have been linked to snorkelers inhaling increased amounts of carbon dioxide (from rebreathing exhaled air), leading to dizziness, headaches, and unconsciousness- not what you want to do while at the open sea. We do NOT rent full face masks
- Pay attention to the weather and heed warning flags about rough waves. It can be easy to be carried away from shore in a strong current, so if there’s any question about whether it’s safe for you to jump in the water, err on the side of caution. We highly recommend snorkeling near a lifeguard.
Where we recommend snorkeling on Oahu
1. Kahe Point Beachpark (free public parking)
2. Koolina Lagoons (paid public parking)
3. Yokohama Bay (free public parking)
4. Hanauma Bay Natural Reserve (paid public parking)
5. Shark's Cove (free public parking)
6. Three Tables (free public parking)
7. Kuilima Cove/Turtle Bay (free public parking)
8. Waimea Beach Park (free public parking)