Best Snorkeling on Oahu for Beginners: Your Guide Around the Island

Of course, there’s plenty to see and do on the island, the third largest and most populated island in Hawaii, but if you’re looking for the best snorkeling on Oahu especially for beginners, you’ve come to the right place.

Most of these locations are free to snorkel and usually easy to access from wherever you’re staying on the island – you may need to hire a car if you’re heading out on your own.


 Hanauma Bay

If you’re looking to see plenty of fish and a wide variety of fish, this will be money well spent for a day of snorkeling in these waters.

The beauty of these locations lies in their proximity to the marine conservation area off the shore which hosts fascinating fish and coral.

 Queens Beach/Sans Souci Beach

Kahe Point Beach Park

The area is also known as Electric Beach due to its proximity to the electric power plant which pumps clean, warm water from its cooling system into the ocean.

The cove offers sheltered conditions for snorkeling as well as a white sandy shore to enjoy. 

 Kuilima Cove

Lanikai Beach

The exception on the east coast is Lanikai Beach which offers some good snorkeling.

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