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You don’t need to bring your own snorkeling gear to Hawaii, because you can buy it in Hawaii or rent it when you get there.

That said, you may want to bring your own snorkeling gear anyway!

 

So you’re going snorkeling in Hawaii!

GREAT!

 

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But you don’t have any snorkeling gear.

So what to do?!

 

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Here are some things to think about! 👇

 

 

Free snorkel gear rental with your snorkeling tour

If the only snorkeling you plan on doing in Hawaii is through a tour, chances are that all the snorkeling gear you need will be included with your tour price. (Confirm this, though, by reading the snorkeling tour description carefully!)

 

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Even if snorkeling gear is included in your tour, you may want to bring your own snorkel gear anyway! This way you can consistently go back to snorkeling gear that you know works for you.

 

 

If you’re not doing a snorkeling tour, what are your options for snorkel equipment?

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There are plenty of beaches in Hawaii from which you can snorkel on your own!

In that case, what are some options to consider?

 

 

1. Renting snorkeling gear in Hawaii

This is an option many people choose when they go to Hawaii.

As a tourist destination with snorkeling as a popular activity, there are many rental stores around.

One of the most well-known snorkeling gear rental stores in Hawaii is Snorkel Bob’s, and you can find rental shops on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. 

Your hotel may also rent snorkeling gear, although you can likely expect this to cost more.

Renting snorkeling gear means that you won’t have any snorkeling gear to take up precious space in your luggage on your flight to Hawaii.

But it also means you need to go to the rental location to pick-up and drop-off snorkeling gear.

If Hanauma Bay is the only spot you will be snorkeling in Hawaii, then you can rent snorkeling gear at Hanauma Bay.

 

How much does it cost to rent snorkel gear in Honolulu?

As an example, the cost of renting snorkeling gear in Hawaii is $36 a week from the Snorkel Bob’s if you go for the mid-range snorkeling gear package.

If you only want to go snorkeling once, then renting snorkeling gear will cost $12.

See current rates.

 

 

2. Buy snorkeling gear in Hawaii

And where to buy snorkel gear

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Once again, with snorkeling as a popular activity in Hawaii, you can also find places to buy snorkeling gear around the major tourist spots. 

ABC store is a convenience store that’s located on all major Hawaiian islands (Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Kauai), and you will be able to buy snorkeling gear there.

On Oahu, there is an ABC store in Waikiki on practically on every block!

If you’re planning on going grocery shopping as soon as you get to Hawaii, you should be able to find snorkeling gear at Walmart or Costco.

Personally, I would think buying snorkeling gear would be the better option compared to renting.

This way you can always take your snorkeling gear anywhere you go in case you end up unexpectedly at a spot that has some underwater marine life to be seen! 

 

 

3. Buy snorkeling gear before you go to Hawaii

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Why buy snorkeling gear before you go to Hawaii when you can buy it IN Hawaii?!

Well, if you don’t want to waste any of your precious Hawaii vacation time going to a store… buy everything before you leave!!

Also if you’re planning on having future snorkeling vacations, then you’ll be all set!

Aside from buying snorkeling gear online, in the summer, you may be able to find snorkeling gear at your local Walmart too. Try looking around the sports/outdoors section.

 

More of Hawaii marine life

If you’re interested in snorkeling in Hawaii, you may also be interested in these marine life in Hawaii:

 

Know before you go! Know what it is when you see it!

 

 

And finally…

Do you really NEED snorkeling gear?!

If you are a decent swimmer, the CHEAPEST way to snorkel is to simply put on a pair of swimming goggles!

Make sure they are clear goggles so you can clearly see the underwater life!

 

 

Of course, this means that you do need to come up for air every so often.

And, this might be bad, because you might have just found a really cool fish underwater, or even better a turtle swimming, and then you go up for a breath… and then you go back underwater and that fish or turtle may be GONE! 😉 Not that that’s happened to me… 😜

 

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And if you don’t have an underwater camera, you may want a cheap waterproof phone case instead that can work as a budget-friendly alternative! I have also seen waterproof phone cases sold in Hawaii at ABC Stores for like $20. I got my waterproof phone case online for a lot less than that!

 

 

No matter what snorkel gear you choose to use, you’ll also want to think about what clothes to wear snorkeling!

The cheapest way to go would be to wear a swimsuit and go off swimming in search of those little fishies and turtles. But you’ll definitely want to lather up on the sunscreen! (Go for reef-safe sunscreen!)

If you want to avoid having to deal with putting on sunscreen every 2 hours (or at least less of it), consider wearing a swim shirt aka rash guard instead!

Here’s WHY a rash guard can be better!

 

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Buy or rent snorkeling gear in Hawaii - what else to buy - swim clothes. Hawaii travel blog

 

Also, many of Hawaii’s snorkeling beaches have rocky beach entrances.

 

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So if you’re not wearing the snorkeling fins, water shoes for snorkeling can be a good idea.

Water shoes are also a good idea in case you accidentally kick the coral reef when you are swimming on top of it in shallow water.

 

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Coral reef is what the fish are attracted to in order to find food, so you might be attracted to coral reef too! 😉

Coral reef is SHARP so you want to avoid touching it at all! (A good reason to also have a basic first aid kit in your beach bag, by the way!)

 

And if you’ve decided that you DO want to BUY your snorkeling BEFORE you go to Hawaii… Be sure to see this list of snorkeling essentials for Hawaii!

 

 

And if you haven’t yet figured out where to go snorkeling in Hawaii on your own:

 

Also it can be a perfect day to go hiking and then recover with swimming and snorkeling! And so…

 

HAPPY SNORKELING IN HAWAII!

 

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