Snorkeling in Waikiki – Island Water Sports Hawaii
February 15, 2021

Snorkeling in Waikiki

Snorkeling in Waikiki near Kapiolani Park

Snorkeling in Waikiki, Oahu

For snorkeling in Waikiki or anywhere else on the island, we always recommend a good Oahu snorkeling tour if possible. Tours are the best way to know you’re going to a great snorkeling location, and they are the safest way to explore the unknown waters of Hawaii. We’re a watersports company, so of course, we’re a little biased. 😉

Before snorkeling in Hawaii, please check out our snorkeling safety tips and always check local conditions. Please do not underestimate the ocean. Make sure you’re snorkeling in calm waters without strong currents, and if you have any doubts, don’t go out!

Where to Snorkel in Waikiki

Waikiki Beach is longer than many first-time visitors think, so knowing where to snorkel can save you a lot of time. If you have snorkeling gear, it’s probably worth jumping in anywhere that the waters are calm. You could get lucky. If you’re renting gear for the day, you’ll want to head directly to the best spots to make the most of your rental.

Snorkeling in Waikiki’s Marine Life Conservation District

Just south of the hotels is our pick for the best snorkeling in Waikiki. The Marine Life Conservation District runs along the Sans Souci State Recreational Park (often considered to be part of Kapiolani Park). Most snorkelers leave their beach towels around the area marked at Queen’s Beach (directly across from the area marked “Honolulu Zoo”) or Kapiolani Park Beach. Look for lifeguard stand 2F to know you’re in the right area.

Look for a sandy spot to enter the ocean, and take your time to navigate around the reef.

Waikiki Marine Live Conservation Snorkeling Map

Google Map to the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District


Snorkeling in Waikiki near Kapiolani Park

Snorkeling in the area just south of Waikiki hotels is popular. Make sure to go on calm days or you may get pushed up against the reef.

What You’ll See Snorkeling in Waikiki

Although it’s not one of the best spots for snorkeling with turtles on Oahu, it is possible to spot some in the area. The variety of fish, however, can be quite impressive.

Is It Safe to Snorkel in Waikiki?

Yes, it’s usually safe to snorkel in Waikiki, but there are times when the surf and currents are strong, especially with the summer swells. Not only are those times dangerous, but they also have poor visibility, so it’s not worth snorkeling when the waters aren’t calm.

Always snorkel with a buddy. Keep an eye on each other and have a general plan when entering the water.


Snorkeling in Hawaii is a must for many visitors. We’re blessed with some of the clearest waters and most thriving sea life in the world. If you’re going to snorkel on your own, please always think “safety first.” If you’d like to join a tour, there are a lot of good ones. We’re happy to show you an unforgettable experience if you’d like to join us. Just book on our website or give us a call! 🙂

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