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Tips on Snorkeling in Maui

Learn to Snorkel – Snorkeling is Fun and Easy

  • Our dedicated Crew is here to make your trip memorable and personal. Because we take less people on board our daily trip we can focus time and needs to YOU!
  • Even if you have never learned how to swim, never been in an ocean before, or even in the water you can still give this activity a try! Our trips encompass a newbie to avid diver.
  • Crew offers a Snorkeling 101 Class.
  • Crew will fit and assist with making sure all your gear fits properly and is comfortable
  • Crew is in the water at all times when snorkeling to help with needs (including equipment, technique, or tips)

Before Getting in the Water:

  1. Maui Magic provides quality snorkel equipment and floatation devices for you to use for the duration of your trip at no charge. You are also welcome to bring your own.
  2. If possible use reef-safe sunscreen and apply 30 min before getting in the water. This allows time for it to soak in.
  3. Snorkel mask should cover your eyes and nose, make sure the mask strap is high up on the back of your head.
  4. Use de-fog on your mask (provided by us) to keep the fogging up.
  5. Hair should be clear from the mask. If you have facial hair we have a trick (Vaseline) to keep a good seal on your face.
  6. Make sure the straps are easily adjustable and all of the clips are secure.
  7. The bite tabs, on the snorkel, should fit comfortably in your mouth.
  8. The snorkel fins should fit comfortably. Too tight can cause cramps in your feet and legs, too loose and they will fall off.
  9. Do not wear your fins on the boat, they make it difficult to maneuver and walk in, and it is unsafe.
  10. Flotation is always a good idea if you are unsure, it will help you have extra buoyancy in the water.
  11. If you get cold easily, wearing a wetsuit will help and will maximize your time in the water.

In the Water:

  1. Always snorkel with a partner and use the “buddy system” and be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Look but please don’t touch the marine life. The delicate eco-system can be damaged by kicking, touching or re-moving anything.
  3. Stay within a safe distance of the boat, this will ensure you can hear the captain/crew for any instruction.
  4. Practice slow and steading breathing. A relaxed snorkeler will have a better experience in the water.
  5. Know your limits, and pace yourself. Always stay safe and do not “over-do” it. We want your trip to be a fun experience not an exhausting one.
  6. Remember this trip offers two chances to snorkel, no two locations are ever the same so we encourage you to get in the water at each stop. We recommend you pace yourself to enjoy and maximize your experience.
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