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Snorkeling Spots in Oahu

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People have different reasons why they go on a vacation. Some spend their time away from the city to unwind and escape the demands of city life. Some just want to bask in a serene atmosphere to gain inspiration or motivation. In contrast, others are seekers of adventure. Either way, everyone has their own objective of why they go on a vacation. However, for this blog, we will focus on the adventure junkies out there!


If you seek adventure everywhere you go, then you should visit the state of Hawaii. It is known that this Aloha state is home to numerous delectable dishes and fun-filled events, but that’s not the only thing Hawaii can offer. They also have countless beaches where you can enjoy water sports such as surfing, whale watching, kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling.


Oahu, or The Gathering Place, is one of the eight major islands in Hawaii. This island is known for many things, such as being Pearl Harbor’s site and having clean beaches. The 112 miles of beautiful coastline on this island offer a wide variety of beaches you can enjoy. This is why many tourists are indulging in snorkeling trips in Oahu


Speaking of which, here are some of the best snorkeling spots in Oahu, Hawaii. 


Hanauma Bay

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Hanauma Bay is the most visited snorkeling spot in Oahu. It is located on the southeastern coast of Oahu. The amazing array of sea creatures you can find on this beach is one of the reasons why Hanauma Bay is among the most popular diving spots. Apart from this, Hanauma Bay is also the most recommended snorkeling site for families as the site is child-friendly and easier for beginners. 

Another reason why Hanauma is famous is the spectacular scenery you will see on your dive as it is at the bottom of a volcanic crater. The visibility underwater may be affected during winter seasons due to the more prevalent waves, but that would not be an issue for the rest of the year. 


Shark’s Cove

rocky shore during golden hour

Located at the Pupukea Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu, the Shark’s Cove is one of the ideal snorkeling sites on the island. The name Shark’s Cove did not mean sharks are surrounding the site, so you do not have to worry about encountering any sharks here. It was named after the reef outside the cove that resembled the shape of a shark.


Shark Cove is best known for its diverse marine life and rock formations. Due to its beauty, this diving site even received the distinction of being one of the twelve best shore dives in the world. If you plan to visit this snorkeling site, make sure to wear protective gear such as reef shoes or fins since some of the rock formations are sharp. The best time to visit this spot is during summertime.


Kahe Point Beach Park (Electric Beach)

green trees and stones on seaside

Often referred to as Electric Beach, the Kahe Point Beach Park is located near a power plant in the southwest corner of Farrington Highway on the west shore. The power plant nearby the beach makes its waters warm enough to be enjoyed by many. The warmth also draws a plethora of aquatic creatures into the beach. Some of the fish you might encounter on your dive here are the blue spine, unicornfish, parrotfish, and bullethead. Other snorkelers have even chanced upon rays, dolphins, and turtles. 


The Kahe Point Beach is perfect for divers who are in for a more adventurous dive. The magnificent corals and schools of fish often require swimming through strong currents. This is what makes swimming here more difficult. 


These are just some of the best snorkeling spots on the island. Along with the numerous diving sites, there are a lot of fun activities to do in Oahu, Hawaii, apart from snorkeling. If you want to try those activities the best possible way, it is best to hire a local Hawaiian tour operator that knows Oahu well, like Go Hawaii Tours.


Go Hawaii Tours is your local tour operator that embodies the Aloha philosophy everywhere we go. Experience fun-filled adventures and one of a kind Hawaiian journey with us. To know more about what we do and our list of tours, you can visit our website at