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Are you planning a vacation soon and considering snorkeling? If so, you may be wondering whether it’s better to do it at the beach or on a boat. Both options have their pros and cons, but in this blog post, we will discuss the differences between beach and boat snorkeling so that you can make the best decision for your needs.

Pros of Boat Snorkeling

  1. Extremely clear waters and better snorkeling visibility. This is the most important factor when snorkeling. It lets you explore more and find all of the most interesting reefs and marine life. If the quality of snorkeling is what interests you, then boat snorkeling is hands down the best option for you.
  2. Having the opportunity to see whales and dolphins is a huge deal and can make all the difference in your experience on the water. Whales can only be seen during whale season. Dolphins typically do not get close enough to the shores for you to see them, and having a run-in with these majestic creatures is such an amazing experience. While it’s not guaranteed to see whales and dolphins, boat snorkeling increases your chances of seeing these larger creatures in their natural habitat.
  3. Most snorkeling tours are inclusive, meaning you get your snorkeling equipment, food, and drinks all included in your booking. We at KONASTYLE include all of this and have plenty of onboard amenities that make for a comfortable onboard experience.
  4. Ride to some of the best know snorkeling spots. Another advantage to a boat trip is your experienced captains can take you to all of the best spots for seeing marine life and know of the best coral reefs. As we said earlier, if you’re looking for a great snorkeling experience a boat tour is the best way to get it.
  5. See the island from out in the ocean and get great pictures. When most people visit places like Hawaii, they stay on the island for most of their vacation. Booking a snorkeling boat trip allows you to get off the island and see the island from a unique perspective, and get some awesome photos to show your family, friends, and social media!
  6. Experienced staff can give useful tips and tricks for snorkeling. When you head out on the boat, you’ll be with a professional captain and crew members that specialize in maximizing a guest’s snorkel experience. The staff will be great at it and will be able to provide some knowledge that helps you enjoy the snorkeling experience even more.

Pros of Beach Snorkeling

  1. Beach snorkeling is going to be cheaper than boat snorkeling. When you go out on the boat you have to consider where you’ll rent from, and compare prices – and most people don’t want to worry about that. Just find a good local beach or bay, and put your snorkel on.
  2. Easy access to your car and more convenience. You have the option to leave and grab food, or pick up different snorkeling equipment once your start. If you choose a boat snorkeling trip, you’re staying on that boat until the end of the day or until your time is up. No going back for snacks, or going to get food. When you choose to spend a day at the snorkeling beaches, you get to do it on your time and on your own terms.
  3. No need to worry about sea sickness and feeling uneasy from the waves if that is something your body is sensitive to.
  4. It can be way more private than a boat snorkeling tour. On a boat trip, you will most likely be around a few other groups and strangers. If you’re looking to avoid this and have the freedom to do what you want, snorkeling on your own is more favorable.
  5. It never gets canceled! A beach trip gives you the freedom to go when you want and where you want. Boat trips are subject to cancellation due to not enough snorkelers, weather, and other unforeseen conditions.
  6. Bring your own food and drinks to cater your own beach day.

Boat Snorkeling vs. Beach Snorkeling Overview

If you value the best snorkeling experience possible and are intrigued by marine life, coral reefs, and the ocean – a boat snorkeling trip is hands down the right option for you. You’ll love every moment, and it will turn into an experience you won’t forget. If you have questions or concerns, reach out to our staff at KONASTYLE!

We offer a variety of tours, from our morning snorkel sail to our sunset tour where you get to snorkel with manta rays! Check out the experiences tab to see all of our available tours.

If you are just looking to lounge and see some coral, beach snorkeling could be fine for you. While it isn’t as engaging or interesting as boat snorkeling, you can still see some cool things and enjoy a day of relaxing.

Thank you all for reading, and we hope to see you soon!

KEALAKEKUA SNORKEL & SAIL

SUNSET & MANTA RAY SNORKEL

AFTERNOON MARINE ADVENTURE