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#1 Matty

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 02:12 PM

Hi all,

We are going on a cruise ship that stops in Hawaii on the following days/times.

Wednesday October 24, 2007 Kauai 11:00 AM 06:00 PM
Thursday October 25, 2007 Lahaina 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Friday October 26, 2007 Hilo 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Saturday October 27, 2007 Honolulu 07:00 AM 11:00 PM
Sunday October 28, 2007 Kona 08:00 AM 06:00 PM

We are trying to find out the best places for snorkeling, e don't want to end up in the wrong areas.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks.

Matthew

#2 2Oceans

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:30 AM

Aloha Mathew,
My wife and I own a wonderful home on Oahu and have been fortunate enough to live there until recently, beautiful land, beautiful ocean and beautiful people. On Oahu by late October the North Shore will be too unpredictable to plan a single day trip around. The south and west shores are usually better in fall and winter but conditions vary from day to day. If you were spending a week on one island I would always say read extensively and explore on your own. Hanama Bay on the south side was hard hit by a storm in February 2004 and its outer reefs in 40 feet were badly damaged but it remains a relatively safe and very crowded option. Rather than recommend one spot on Oahu I would say give a local operation an opportunity to help you. The outfit below is a little more expensive but I can vouch for the locations they go to on the Waianae side and they can gauge the day to day weather conditions better. I don't think you will be disappointed with the time and money you spend on them. They also list some other operators for price comparisons that you could check with.
http://sailhawaii.com/
On Maui I would contact Mike Severens for advice on where to go. http://www.mikesevernsdiving.com/
Hawaii is my favorite island.
John Hoover is a pleasant man and he knows the Big Island and can be contacted through his web site. http://www.hawaiisfishes.com/
Again if you were going to one island for a week I would say read extensively and explore on your own but given the nature of your trip and your schedule I would pay to be escorted.

Books:
Snorkel Hawaii The Big Island, Second Edition
Diving & Snorkeling Hawaii, 2nd Edition - Scuba & Snorkel Diving
Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Hawaii (Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Hawaii)
The best books on Hawaii fish and invertebrates are written by John (Jack) Randall and John Hoover.

Edited by 2Oceans, 15 September 2007 - 07:34 AM.


#3 Matty

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:29 AM

Aloha Mathew,
My wife and I own a wonderful home on Oahu and have been fortunate enough to live there until recently, beautiful land, beautiful ocean and beautiful people. On Oahu by late October the North Shore will be too unpredictable to plan a single day trip around. The south and west shores are usually better in fall and winter but conditions vary from day to day. If you were spending a week on one island I would always say read extensively and explore on your own. Hanama Bay on the south side was hard hit by a storm in February 2004 and its outer reefs in 40 feet were badly damaged but it remains a relatively safe and very crowded option. Rather than recommend one spot on Oahu I would say give a local operation an opportunity to help you. The outfit below is a little more expensive but I can vouch for the locations they go to on the Waianae side and they can gauge the day to day weather conditions better. I don't think you will be disappointed with the time and money you spend on them. They also list some other operators for price comparisons that you could check with.
http://sailhawaii.com/
On Maui I would contact Mike Severens for advice on where to go. http://www.mikesevernsdiving.com/
Hawaii is my favorite island.
John Hoover is a pleasant man and he knows the Big Island and can be contacted through his web site. http://www.hawaiisfishes.com/
Again if you were going to one island for a week I would say read extensively and explore on your own but given the nature of your trip and your schedule I would pay to be escorted.

Books:
Snorkel Hawaii The Big Island, Second Edition
Diving & Snorkeling Hawaii, 2nd Edition - Scuba & Snorkel Diving
Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Hawaii (Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Hawaii)
The best books on Hawaii fish and invertebrates are written by John (Jack) Randall and John Hoover.


Aloha 2Oceans,

This has given me a great place to start from. I will spend the next day or so, researching your info.

Thank you.

Matthew