Diving and Snorkeling

I have heard that it is because the Hawaiian Islands are so young that the reef shelf is thin. Perhaps the topography has something to do with it also. The water temperature may account for the fact that there are only a few species of soft corals here. Nevertheless, the snorkeling and the scuba diving is exciting with a large assortment of reef fish and corals to be seen and no lack of large fish and mammals.

It's easy to shore dive in the islands; just jump off the rocks.
There are so many rocks to fall off of into 25 feet of water, so shore diving is relatively safe here. Many sites offer diving in excess of 150 feet very close to shore.
Divers gearing up on the rocks before jumping into the water
Diving in a group from shore is the safest. There are local dive clubs on the island.

A diver gets her photo taken under the water
Under the water, there are many lava tubes, shelves and cathedrals to meander in and out of.
A green sea turtle meanders by
The green sea turtle can be seen on almost every dive.

Snorkelers jump off the back of a snorkeling cruise boat at Kealakekua Bay
Snorkeling by boat in Kealakekua Bay is the easiest and safest way to snorkel there.

One of the best places to snorkel is Kealakekua Bay. There are three ways to get to that part of the Bay where the snorkeling is excellent: by boat, by kayak or by hiking several miles down, and back up, from the highway. There are several snorkeling trips to Kealakekua Bay offered.

A brave soul attempts to snorkel at Makalawena
There are many out-of-the-way places to snorkel. Here's a brave soul attempting to snorkel at Makalawena Beach.