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Top 20 Hawaii Snorkeling Spots

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Whether you’re a beginner snorkeler who’s just getting comfortable in the ocean or a mermaid who dives deep for shells, there’s a perfect beach for you to enjoy snorkeling in Hawaii! With our valuable local knowledge, we’ve come up with a shortlist of Pride of Maui’s Top 20 Places To Snorkel in Hawaii.
No matter which island you choose to visit in Hawaii, you’ll surely have an excellent time.

On each of Hawaii’s main islands (Maui, Big Island, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai & Molokai), guests will have many chances to see gorgeous marine life. Depending on the time of year, you may see the North Pacific humpback whales, Hawaiian green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, or playful spinner dolphins. Throughout Hawaii’s Pacific Ocean, guests can easily see a myriad of colorful tropical marine life while snorkeling: yellow tang, butterflyfish, parrotfish varieties, octopus, manta rays, sea cucumbers, Hawaiian spiny lobsters, Moray eel, and so much more.

Visit Hawaii for a relaxing vacation and enjoy the sun and surf! Make sure to book a Hawaii snorkel tour, or go beach hopping for an awesome Hawaii snorkeling adventure!

Located just 2.5 miles off of Maui’s south shore, the Molokini Crater is an incredible and rare underwater volcanic islet. Listed as a Marine Life Conservation District Seabird Sanctuary, this partially submerged crescent-shaped volcanic crater is like no other snorkeling location in the world.

Ecologically speaking, it is the perfect environment for marine life feeding and breeding, and hosts over 250 species of endemic Hawaiian tropical fish. Within the volcanic walls, you will find a host of colorful reef formations and tropical marine life, including manta rays, black triggerfish, yellow tang, raccoon butterflyfish, parrotfish, Moorish idol, and Moray eels. The Pacific waters surrounding the Molokini Crater are home to over 100 species of algae, and approximately 35 hard coral species.

The crystal-clear water (average of 150 feet of visibility) at Molokini Crater is what makes this one of the best snorkeling locations on Maui. Molokini is a popular location for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike, and the most highly preferred spot for morning snorkel tours in Maui. The waters surrounding the Molokini Crater are also one of the most popular locations for scuba diving in all the Hawaiian Islands.

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Appropriately named, Turtle Town is the best place to go snorkeling on Maui if your goal is to see the Hawaiian green sea turtles in action! Thanks to current government protection and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), this stretch is home to a particularly dense population of the Hawaiian green sea turtle.

Turtle Town is located on the southern coastline of the island, between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach. Best visited by boat, Turtle Town is well-known for providing some of the best snorkeling in Maui, especially if these large sea creatures are your sightseeing target. While enjoying a Maui snorkel tour to Turtle Town, guests can expect to see turtles gently approaching swimmers with curiosity and an abundance of colorful marine life.

Turtle Town is a top place to snorkel on Maui for many reasons, not the least of which being the chance to view the Hawaiian green sea turtles in their natural habitat. There are also the calm wind conditions, clear waters, and a gentle slope which allows snorkelers of all skill levels to find a comfortable ocean depth. Also, snorkelers can watch the Wrasse fish cleaning turtles shells and see butterflyfish, perch, chub, triggerfish, snapper, goatfish, bigeye scad, needlefish, Moray eels, crustaceans, trumpetfish, and a common appearance by the Hawaii State Fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

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Coral Gardens is located adjacent to Olowalu Reef, and just south of Historic Lahaina Town. This in-the-know Hawaii snorkel spot is only reached by boat on a Maui snorkeling tour. Originally, the Coral Gardens reef was created by a lava flow from the West Maui Mountains, aka Pu’u Kukui. The lava created “fingers,” flowing into the sea, which are now decorated by coral reef shelves teeming with a myriad of marine life.

Without a doubt, snorkeling at Coral Gardens is a rare and gorgeous ocean activity to experience. From the water, snorkelers enjoy breathtaking underwater scenery, huge West Maui coastline views, scenes of the outer Island of Lanai, and a dramatic background decorated by the jagged-edged valleys of the West Maui Mountain Range.

While snorkeling at Coral Gardens, visitors can expect to see colorful coral varieties, a huge array of tropical fish, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and many more marine species.

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Honolua Bay, also known as “The Bay,” is located on Maui’s northwestern coast. During the winter, Honolua is one of the most popular places for experienced surfers, as well as internationally renowned surf contests. During late spring, summer, and early fall, Honolua Bay is one of the top places to snorkel in West Maui.

The Bay is found just north of Kapalua. Although there are a few entrances, the best access for snorkeling is off a walking trail from the parking area. During the summer months, the parking area is clearly marked by fresh coconut and juice vendors. It’s highly suggested that snorkelers wear water booties at this location because ocean entry is from a rocky coastline. To snorkel at Honolua, it’s not necessary to swim too far our from the coastline; Maui marine life can be easily seen anywhere between 10 and 20 feet from the water’s edge.

A few of the best things about snorkeling at Honolua Bay are the water clarity, calm ocean conditions, and the decorated reef. The best time to snorkel is in the morning hours. Guests can see colorful tropical fish varieties, schools of reef fish, Moray eels, lobsters, and possibly even an Eagle Ray. While facing out towards the sea, snorkelers might even catch a glimpse of Hawaii Spinner Dolphins visiting during the early morning hours.

Due to how close reef shelves lie to the coastline at Honolua Bay, snorkelers are asked to pay particular attention to not step on or touch the reef. The reef is home to many marine species and is very fragile. As the locals say, “Save Honolua Bay.”

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Kapalua Bay is one of the most remarkable beaches on Maui, and a perfect West Maui locale to explore while on vacation in Hawaii. Kapalua is a combination of the words kapa and lua in the ancient Hawaiian language, meaning “two borders.” Kapalua Bay is perfectly positioned between Oneloa Bay and Honokahua Bay; its central location shows how appropriately it was named.

Kapalua Bay is consistently named “Best Beach in the World” by numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. The Travel Channel has called it the “Best Beach in America.” Without a doubt, it’s one of the best beaches for snorkeling and chillin’ out on Maui. The quiet and peaceful community surrounding Kapalua Bay is divine, and the beach itself is out of this world with a protected, crescent-shaped cove ideal for Hawaii marine life to gather. Kapalua Bay most definitely provides a calm environment for snorkeling in West Maui, vibrant colored reef life, excellent swimming conditions, and the ideal location for kicking back with your family and friends under the warm Maui sunshine.

While snorkeling at Kapalua Bay, guests can expect to see scorpionfish, cornetfish, jacks, butterflyfish, parrotfish, goatfish, Moorish idol, boxfish, perch, triggerfish, chub, various invertebrates, sea turtles, and more.

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Located in South Lana’i right next to Manele Bay, this is a Hawaii beach that guests will most definitely adore. Hulopoe Bay is the best beach on Lana’i for snorkeling; other spots on the island are near rugged coastlines, and much better suited for scuba diving than a calm afternoon of snorkeling. When snorkeling at Hulopoe Bay on Lana’i, expect sloping depths between 6 and 24 feet.

At this Lana’i snorkeling spot, guests will be able to see goatfish, yellow tang, peacock groupers, Morays, saddle wrasse, big parrotfish, and the occasional Hawaiian spinner dolphin visitor.

Hulopoe Bay Beach Park is open to the public and has picnic tables, BBQs, public restrooms, and showers. If you’re visiting the West Side of Maui, try taking a ferry to Lana’i for a day or two! The Island of Lana’i is genuinely stunning; there are undoubtedly many fun adventures to enjoy and Hawaii sights to see. In the past, camping was allowed at Hulopoe Bay but it is currently not allowed, so make sure to plan all of your accommodation details ahead of time.

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Located on the east side of Molokai is one of the best places to snorkel in Hawaii, Kumimi Beach. Sometimes referred to as Murphy’s Beach, this beach definitely provides some of the most amazing opportunities for snorkeling on the island of Molokai. Unlike most Hawaii snorkel spots, Murphy’s is best visited at the mid-high tide, because the water is super shallow at this location. No matter when you visit this beach, though, you will be positively stoked!

The sand here is a beautiful golden color, and the ocean feels terrific! It’s truly a magnificent Hawaii snorkel spot.

While snorkeling at Murphy’s, guests will be able to see yellow tang, parrotfish, sea cucumbers, Hawaiian spiny lobsters, and more. The best place from which to view marine life at Murphy’s is close to the reef. If you venture past the reef, the ocean conditions get a little bit more challenging and are only suitable for an experienced snorkeler.

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Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Shark’s Cove is one of the most popular snorkeling beaches on the island. Due to the fact that it’s a series of tide pools, it’s most commonly frequented by beginner snorkelers who want to feel the safety of not being in the open ocean (or those who are snorkeling with small children).

You’ll find that there’s actually quite a lot of marine life in the water at Shark’s Cove. The main reason why is because it’s part of the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District, which makes it a protected area. Here, you’ll have a chance to see butterflyfish, drummer fish, needlefish, parrotfish varieties, white-spotted surgeon, tang, blue spine unicornfish, wrasse, sea urchin, and a possible octopus or two. When entering the water at this Oahu snorkeling spot, take your time as you walk over the rocky entrance, and carefully navigate through the sandy-bottomed trails. The shallow areas at Shark’s Cove are between 2 and 4 feet deep, but then you’ll see it start to drop from 5 to 20 feet in further parts of the cove.

To avoid crowds and hard parking situations (by the way, do not leave any valuables in your car here), plan to snorkel at Shark’s Cove as early as possible. The best time to snorkel at Shark’s Cove would be around 8 am in the spring, summer and early fall).

A huge reason why Shark’s Cove is such a popular snorkel site is that it’s right in the middle of the North Shore’s main beach drag. It’s a great place to start off your morning, then head to Haleiwa for a bite to eat, shop around, and then continue beach hopping and exploring Oahu’s North Shore areas.

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Kuilima Cove is another great Oahu snorkeling spot on the North Shore. This Oahu snorkeling locale is definitely best when visited during the hot, calm summer months. With that being said, it’s also a place that you can count on during the winter because of the reef line sheltering the cove from the larger waves that arrive from Oahu’s winter swells.

Kuilima Cove is great for beginner snorkeling and located on the eastern side of the Turtle Bay Resort. To get to Kuilima Cove, pull into the Turtle Bay Resort, and look for the Kuilima Cove parking lot which is to the right of the tennis courts. The beach on the left is the hotel’s beach, so be sure to go to the right.

When visiting Kuilima Cove, look forward to feeling soft white sand under your toes, and getting a good dose of sunshine! While snorkeling at Kuilima, guests can see needlefish, triggerfish, perch, boxfish, big eyes, Moorish idol, tang, damselfish, unicornfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and more. You may also see some Hawaiian spiny lobsters, and Hawaii’s State Fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

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Hanauma Bay is located just south of Koko Head Crater on Oahu’s South Shore. Easily known as the most popular and most frequented snorkel spot in Oahu, this location has now transitioned into the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. After years of use, and millions of snorkelers, the site has become a conservation zone, and it’s closed every Tuesday so that the marine life can feed and rest.

Hanauma Bay operates as a state park, so if you’re interested in snorkeling here, be sure to make arrangements ahead of time.

Hanauma Bay was formed within a volcanic cinder cone. The “curved bay” is a pristine ecosystem that the County of Honolulu takes great lengths to protect. Without a doubt, it’s a fantastic place to snorkel in Hawaii, but it’s also a location that offers visitor education about reef conservation and the marine life that lives there. In fact, first-time visitors are required to watch a 9-minute video before entering the park so they can learn about the unique ecosystem, regulations, and safety rules before snorkeling.

At Hanauma, visitors will find that there are many unique areas to snorkel within the bay. Beginners should remain in the areas closest to the sand like the Back Door Lagoon, Keyhole Lagoon, Triangle Lagoon, and Sandmans Patch. Advanced snorkelers are invited to explore zones that are outside the channels like the Outer Reef and Witches Brew. Due to safety concerns, the formerly known “Toilet Bowl” is now completely closed to the public. Make sure to ask for the reef map when you arrive at the Hanauma Bay Visitors Center.

If you’re visiting Oahu and staying in the Waikiki or Honolulu area, there are many round-trip shuttles and bulk tours for visiting Hanauma Bay. All children under 12 years old, active military, and Hawaii State residents (with a valid State issued ID) can visit the park for free.

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Located south off of Waikiki Beach, Turtle Canyons is one of the top places to scuba dive and snorkel in Oahu. The location is only reached by boat, so be sure to book an Oahu snorkel cruise to this location ahead of time. All snorkel tours to Turtle Canyons embark from Waikiki Beach.

Guests can enjoy the calm sail out to sea aboard a catamaran. While en route, it’s entirely possible to view playful Spinner Dolphins frolicking, skipping, and playing on the ocean surface. Upon arrival at Turtle Canyons, guests will surely enjoy gorgeous South Oahu views and forward-facing views of the dramatic and picturesque Diamond Head Crater.

The best time to snorkel at Turtle Canyons is in the morning hours when the water is crystal clear, and ocean conditions are at their calmest. Snorkeling at this site offers many fantastic opportunities to see an abundance of Hawaiian green sea turtles and other marine life in their natural habitats. The reef is pristine and it’s full of tropical fish varieties like Moorish idols, flyingfish, wrasse (turtle shell cleaners), triggerfish, humuhumunukunukuapua’a, and more.

Please note that there are actually two locations on Oahu called “Turtle Canyons.” The second location is near Kaneohe Bay on Oahu’s Windward side. It’s only accessible by boat, and it’s not a location suggested for beginner snorkelers.

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Big Island

Snorkeling at Manta Ray Village on the Big Island is perhaps one of the most adventurous and amazing Hawaii activities that anyone could ever experience.
Please note that this snorkel site is for experienced snorkelers only. Guests must be confident and comfortable swimming in the open ocean during the evening hours.

Manta Ray Village has only been in existence since the Kona Surf Hotel opened in the early 1970s (it’s now the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa). Hotel builders had an incredible idea to provide an illuminated view of the ocean during the evening, so they installed bright floodlights directed towards the sea. At the time, the hotel wasn’t aware that the lights would become a “beacon” for plankton. Plankton happens to be the primary food source for Manta Rays, so soon after the plankton arrived, the Manta Rays followed.

Manta Ray Village is now world-famous for being one of the few places on earth to watch Manta Rays feeding in their natural environment.

When snorkeling at Manta Ray Village in Kona, guests typically depart around sunset for a 1.5-2 hour cruise. Professional tour guides will brief snorkelers about Manta Ray behavior and what to expect, and provide safety information. On any given night, snorkelers can see and swim with anywhere from 3 to 25 Manta Rays.

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Located near the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Waimea, Mauna Kea Beach aka Kauna’oa Beach is one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island. This spot is perfect for kids, beginners, and experienced snorkelers. The best thing about this Big Island snorkel spot is that the water is almost always calm, and the ocean clarity is insane in the mornings. You’ll definitely see lots of action here!

Guests can access Mauna Kea Beach through the Mauna Kea Hotel gates. If you want to snorkel here, make sure to arrive early because the hotel limits how many parking passes they give out each day.

Once you get to the beach, try to find a spot near either end of the beach, whichever seems to be more enticing to you. Snorkeling at Mauna Kea Beach is best closer to the rocky points, and water access is typically an easy swim down a sandy slope on the ocean floor. On the right side of the beach, we suggest that you hug the side of the rocky point to get up close and personal with the marine life tucked into the rock wall crevices. If you are a strong swimmer and an experienced snorkeler, explore about 20-30 feet away from the rock wall to view some stunning coral gardens.

While snorkeling at Mauna Kea Beach, guests can expect to see damselfish, eel, yellowtail goatfish, freckled hawkfish, Moorish idol, bullet-nose, and star-eye parrotfish, surgeonfish, yellow and lavender tang, wrasse cleaners, unicornfish, and more depending on the time of year. It’s also common to see the Hawaiian green sea turtles at Mauna Kea Beach.

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Located south of Captain Cook on the Kona side of the Big Island is a spot that will leave every visitor in a state of total bliss: Honaunau Bay! The location is absolutely gorgeous, and the water here is full of marine life displaying the great vitality of the Pacific Ocean.

This Big Island snorkeling spot is referred to by locals as “City of Refuge” because of the historical significance of the location. Looming above Honaunau Bay is the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. It’s a 180+ acre federal park reserve where ancient Hawaiians took refuge and were deemed safe. It was a sanctuary for warriors who had been defeated, lawbreakers, and those who were in poor standing.

When planning to snorkel at City of Refuge, the best suggestion is to arrive early! The best time to snorkel here is definitely in the morning (8-11am). Later in the afternoon, this side of the island tends to get some overcast cloudy conditions which will inevitably take away from the underwater clarity of the ocean.

City of Refuge has one of the most beautiful lava rock flats and coral reef formations for Big Island snorkeling. In the morning, the lava rock flats are about the same level as the waterline, so it’s pretty fun to make use of them like chairs. The incredible amount of coral reef life is like a magnet for tropical fish, so the bay is abundant with them. Here, you can watch Hawaiian green sea turtles being cleaned by wrasse fish, and see parrotfish varieties, Moray eels, jacks, tang, and butterflyfish. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Hawaiian spinner dolphins.

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In the ancient Hawaiian language, Kealakekua translates to “pathway of the gods.” Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay is an underwater State Park, a marine life sanctuary, and the location of the historic Captain Cook Monument. For the best snorkel experience at Kealakekua Bay, visitors should definitely book a Big Island snorkel tour.

Known as one of the best snorkel sites in the Hawaiian Islands, Kealakekua is home to a myriad of rare and endemic Hawaii marine life. The water is calm and clear with visibility up to 100 feet. Coral varieties appear in purples and pinks and at certain times of the year, the coral reef almost seems to be in technicolor format.

While snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, visitors should first understand how significant this area is for Hawaiian culture, history, and marine life ecology. Expect to see schools of small reef fish, butterflyfish and tang varieties, Moorish idol, goatfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, wrasse, trumpetfish, Hawaiian green sea turtles, hawksbill sea turtles, eagle rays, and more.

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There are so many unique snorkel sites to visit in the South Kona area of the Big Island. Locations include Pu’u Ohau aka Red Hill (Coral Gardens, Driftwoods, Nudibranch, Ridges), and Pali Kaholo (Rob’s Reef & Turtle Rock). Visitors who would like to snorkel in South Kona must book a South Kona Snorkel Tour.

South Kona snorkel sites are all incredible and unique in their own ways. Each offers a micro-experience of the Big Island’s underwater world. There are vibrantly colored coral reef formations, underwater sea caves, sea arches, lava rock canyons, ridges, and lava fingers that head out to sea.

Within all of these unique South Kona locations, snorkelers can see a host of Hawaii marine life lavishing in the luxury of their natural habitat. This is definitely not to be missed!

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The Island of Kauai has some incredible snorkeling spots, but finding the perfect place to snorkel on Kauai can be challenging to do on your own because of rougher ocean conditions and seasonal inconsistencies. When planning to snorkel on Kauai, make sure to ask lifeguards about ocean information and to follow ocean safety rules on beach signage. If you’re beach hopping on Kauai and looking for the best place for beginners to go snorkeling, definitely head to Poipu Beach.

Even during the calmest months, Kauai is known to have rogue waves and strong summer swells, so be careful, and NEVER turn your back to the ocean! A great way to enjoy snorkeling in safety on Kauai is by taking a snorkel tour with professional guides.

Located right next to the Marriott Beach Club, this spot offers lifeguards, activity rental booths, restrooms, showers, places to grab a snack and drinks, and many more conveniences. Visitors here will surely love the white sandy shores and gorgeous ocean conditions.

While snorkeling at Poipu, keep your eyes peeled for the Hawaiian monk seals as this is one of their favorite spots to visit in Kauai. You may also see Hawaiian green sea turtles at Poipu, so remember to watch from afar, and do not touch either of these Hawaii marine animals. More marine life can be found at Poipu, including spinner dolphins and manta rays, and there’s also a host of tropical fish including goatfish, eel, wrasse, surgeonfish, parrotfish, and sea cucumbers.

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Ke’e Beach is located at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore and near the entrance to the Napali Coast’s Kalalau Trail. During the late spring and summer months, it’s a calm beach cove, perfect for beginner snorkelers, and families traveling with small children. The beach has a lifeguard, picnic tables, restrooms, and freshwater showers.

Please note that during the winter months, this area may have high surf and strong currents. Please follow all warning signs, and never turn your back on the ocean.

At Ke’e Beach, you’ll find that the setting is utterly breathtaking and the water is divine. During the late spring and summer, Ke’e is an ideal location for beginner snorkelers. There’s an incredible selection of marine life to observe, and it’s also possible to see Hawaiian green sea turtles.

While snorkeling, be sure to remain near the visible reef that fronts the beach entry. Reef fish are found near the seabed; visitors can easily spot triggerfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, filefish, saddle wrasse, and surgeonfish.

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Lawai Beach is also known as “Beach House Beach” because it’s adjacent to a restaurant that overlooks the bay. During the late spring and summer months, Lawai Beach is an ideal place for beginner snorkelers and families looking for some fun in the sun. Snorkeling at Lawai Beach is easy and convenient.

Water entry is via the sandy beach, so there’s no need for water shoes. Watch out for rocks as you enter the water, and put on your snorkel flippers upon entry. The best place to snorkel at Lawai Beach is in the small bay that’s between the beach and protected reef. As you reach the protected reef, the water clarity improves, and the reef comes alive. A favorite spot to snorkel is along the rocks that are below the restaurant. Ocean depths range from 3 to 16 feet. Although it feels like a protected area, always remember to never turn your back on the ocean.

When underway at Lawai Beach, snorkelers will see lots of reef fish like spotted boxfish, damselfish, goatfish, butterflyfish, groupers, Moorish idol, crocodile needlefish, triggerfish and tang varieties, wrasse and more. If you search near the ocean bed, look for blue rice and cauliflower coral; this is where you can spot sea cucumbers and sea urchin. Be very careful not to step on the reef as it’s sharp and extremely fragile.

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Last, but not least, anyone who loves to snorkel in Hawaii should make sure to book a Na Pali Coast snorkel tour in Kauai. The Na Pali Coast is located on the most northern point of Kauai’s North Shore, and Kauai is the top of the Hawaiian Islands chain. Here is where you’ll find an underwater rainforest of Hawaii marine life.

The best time of the year to enjoy a Na Pali Coast snorkel tour is during the spring and summer months. Tours can take guests to in-the-know caves and beaches, and snorkelers are guaranteed to see multitudes of marine life in their natural habitat. It’s possible to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, tropical sea birds, flying fish, a wide variety of tropical fish, vibrantly colored corals, and an abundance of reef life.

Many boat tour companies operate tours to the Na Pali Coast, including small group, large group, and private charters for Na Pali Coast snorkeling. Visitors can easily find many options on catamarans, sailing charters, and rafts. As they say, “the world is your oyster.”

Na Pali Coast snorkel tours usually embark in the morning hours and are typically 4-6 hours. Tours offer snorkel instruction, safety information, meals, refreshments, snorkel gear, flotation devices, freshwater showers, restrooms, videography services, and more.

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23 Beautiful Beaches, Coves, & More

One of the best activities to do in Hawaii is to go snorkeling! And Maui is an epic choice of places to do so. These are the places to find the best snorkeling in Maui.

Are you planning your Maui snorkeling trip last minute?

Below are some of the top snorkeling tours on Maui, including two to Turtle Town and Molokini Crater:

Top Snorkeling Tours in Maui:

  1. Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch (bestseller!)
  2. Ka’anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip
  3. Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour
  4. West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Do you know of any Maui snorkeling spots that we missed? Let us know in the comments! Thanks!

Best places for snorkeling in Maui


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Animals You Can See Snorkeling in Maui

There are so many different creatures to see just beneath the water’s surface. Colorful fish are abundant in Maui’s clear waters.

Look for raccoon butterflyfish, with white and black bands around their eyes; pink and blue parrotfish; black triggerfish; and the multicolor humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Hawaii’s state fish.

Fish aren’t the only thing to see- take a close look at the beautiful coral reefs, alive with animals like anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and the coral itself.

You also might see bigger animals like spinner dolphins, octopi, rays, eels, and of course, Hawaiian sea turtles!

Best Snorkeling Spots on Maui

La Perouse Bay

Go off the beaten path to explore La Perouse Bay, nestled at the end of Mākena Alanui Road. Locally known as Keoneʻōʻio Bay, it lies on the territory of Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve.

The Maui bay has numerous small coves lying amid rock points that are usually covered with tidal pools. The jagged lava rock coastline of the Bay was created as the result of the Haleakala Volcano’s eruption in 1790.

The bay itself is not perfect for snorkeling due to low visibility but nearby coves such as Kalaeloa, Mokuha, and Moanakala are popular snorkeling spots for seasoned snorkelers.

La Perouse Bay

For those with less experience in snorkeling, La Perouse Bay and the nearby area offer hiking, swimming, and kayaking activities as well (but no fishing).

Amenities: Portable toilets, trash, and recycle bins. No places to rent snorkeling gear.

Charley Young Beach

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle then Charley Young Beach, a local favorite and quiet haven, should be your top pick.

Located around the northern part of Kamaole I Beach Park, the beach features an ample parking area, shower, portable restroom, and the perfect conditions for swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, beach walks, tanning, and sunset watching.

Charley Young Beach

You will also see kids of all ages showing off their boogie-boarding abilities on the shore break with south swells during summer days.

Make sure to go swimming or snorkeling in the morning or check for an update on the ocean conditions before entering the water in the afternoon. There are no places to rent snorkeling gear there.

Keawakapu Beach

Nestled between Kihei and Wailea, Keawakapu Beach is a white sand beach backed by resorts and luxurious homes.

Advanced snorkelers can try exploring the life beneath the waves around rock and reef outcroppings in the northern part, while the southern part of the beach is the perfect spot that’s much more ideal for beginner snorkelers.

Keawakapu Beach

In summer, you can try standup paddleboarding or kayaking in calm waters, while in winter, high surf and strong currents take over, so it’s best to stay out of the water.

Since the Mana Kai hotel is fronting Keawakapu Beach, you will find free parking, restaurants, bathrooms, showers, and even rent your water sports gear at the hotel.


Makena Beach (Big Beach)

Makena Beach, or Big Beach, is one of Maui’s signature undeveloped shorelines, a perfect option for those seeking a secluded beach escape.

The beach offers a parking lot, lifeguard, picnic tables, restrooms, and food concessions. It lies between two black-lava outcroppings, thus providing favorable conditions for swimming, but you’ll still need to keep an eye out for rough waves on windy days.

Big Beach – Makena

Head to the north shore to try snorkeling and body surfing or just lie on a perfect white sandy beach and sunbathe. When the surf is up, you can enjoy watching many boogie boarders practicing their skills. There is nowhere to rent snorkeling gear.

Makena Beach (Five Caves)

If you are an advanced diver and are ready to swim long distances and admire the vibrant marine life, then Five Caves (or Five Graves) is a must-visit destination for you.

It received its name from its 5 underwater caves, which are too deep for snorkelers to access and thus are only reachable for advanced scuba divers.

Five Caves – Makena

Diving or kayaking tours launch from Makena Landing Park, where you can also find various equipment rentals. However, the only way in is along the rocky beach with no amenities or parking.

Ulua and Mokapu Beaches

The two white-sand beaches of Ulua and Mokapu are considered to be among Maui’s greatest places for boogie boarding, snorkeling, and diving at every skill level.

There is a unique reef system full of vibrant marine life, located between those two beaches, making it a spectacular spot to discover Maui’s underwater paradise.


If you forgot to bring your snorkeling gear, you can rent one at Snorkel Bob’s Wailea. To stay protected from harsh weather, it’s best to visit in the morning for a relaxing dip in calm waters.

The beaches share a free parking lot (from there, turn left for Ulua and right for Mokapu) and offer bathrooms, showers, wooden dive racks for donning dive gear, and the perfect lawn… but there is usually no lifeguard on duty.

Polo Beach

Polo Beach features two sandy crescents fronting Polo Beach Club from the south and the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort from the north.

The southern end near Polo Beach Club and the northern edge around the rocky point are both great spots for snorkeling, and Boss Frog’s is there to provide you with snorkeling gear.

Polo Beach

Try swimming and stand-up paddle boarding in calm waters in the morning or go boogie boarding… which is an excellent choice during south swells when the waves pick up a lot.

Polo Beach provides all the amenities you might need for a day at the beach including outdoor showers, a foot-washing station, restrooms, a grassy picnic and BBQ area, and a take-out food option directly from the hotel behind the beach.

Kamaole Beach I, II and III

Kamaole Beach Park consists of three perfectly golden sand beaches.

The first Maui beach is great for snorkeling and swimming as well as offers picnic and BBQ areas, showers, restrooms, a lifeguard station, and even a volleyball net.

The second is comparably smaller, but snorkeling there is still pretty good. You will find a shower and restroom, on-street parking, two water fountains, and ADA-accessible ramps from the beach park to the beach.


The third beach offers the perfect swell for body surfing and an ample parking area, playground, and bathroom.

If you are heading to Kamaole Beach merely for snorkeling, then get your gear from Snorkel Bob’s and make sure to visit the first and second beaches for the best snorkeling experience.

Wailea Beach

Fronting Four Seasons Resort Maui and Grand Wailea, Wailea Beach is famous for its top snorkeling spots in Maui.

Between those two hotel giants, you will find a picnic and BBQ area along with a public parking lot, restrooms, and a shower.

Wailea Beach

The best time to go snorkeling here is during winter mornings since the summer months can be pretty windy.

The right end of the beach offers the most transparent waters for snorkeling around the rocky outcroppings, while the left end has poor visibility due to its overcrowdedness. Again, you can rent your snorkeling gear at nearby Boss Frog’s.


Po’olenalena Beach

Po’olenalena Beach is another must-visit spot for Maui snorkeling enthusiasts. The beach has three snorkeling areas that are filled with healthy coral reefs and abundant sea life.

Snorkeling is particularly great around the rocky outcroppings at the beach’s southern end. Despite its small size, the rocky middle point is another excellent spot for intermediate snorkelers and a place to admire colorful coral reefs.

Po’olenalena Beach

However, you should be aware that weather conditions changes can significantly affect this part and create poor visibility. The beach has a shower near the southern entrance and portable restrooms at the north parking lot. There is nowhere to rent snorkeling gear there.

Maluaka Beach

Nestled just south of Wailea, fronting Makena Beach and the Golf Resort, is the stunning Maluaka Beach known for its calm and undisturbed blue waters that are simply perfect for snorkeling, swimming, boating, and fishing.

It is also known as Turtle Town because of its large Maui green sea turtles population. The left side of the beach is the absolute best spot for beginner snorkelers to explore rich marine life, while advanced snorkelers can swim farther out for much better snorkeling opportunities.

Maluaka Beach

When it comes to facilities, Maluaka Beach offers free public parking, outdoor showers, restrooms, a picnic area with barbeque grills, tables, and a nice green lawn but note that you’ll find no lifeguard on duty. There is nowhere to rent snorkeling gear here.

Molokini Crater

So, technically not part of Maui mainland, Molokini Crater is a very popular place to take a day trip for some snorkeling near Maui. The islet is situated in the Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe and was formed during the Cenozoic Era.

The crescent-shaped islet is partially submerged and remains uninhabited, but is a fantastic place for scuba diving, snorkeling, and more.

Molokini Crater

Because of its shape, it offers protection to snorkelers and divers from high waves. There are over 250 species of fish around these parts and the best time of the day to go snorkeling at Molokini is in the morning.

Some of the species of fish and marine life you can find here are 38 different hard corals, the black triggerfish, parrotfish, Moorish idol, and more. You can also see whitetip reef sharks and moray eels on occasion.

The best (and really the only…) way to see Molokini Crater is by tour. You can book a day trip there for an awesome snorkel excursion!

>> Click here to book a Molokini snorkeling tour

Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

The Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve is an aquatic life conservation district located on Maui’s southwest shore. The coast consists of lava rock outcroppings, sea beds, and crystal-clear waters, which make it one of Maui’s finest snorkeling spots.

The area is rich with vibrant marine life and unique coral formations but be aware that no fishing is allowed.

Ahihi-Kinau Reserve

Most marine life makes their home in the shallows, providing the perfect opportunity for even beginner snorkelers to witness mysterious underwater life.

The reserve offers a small parking lot area (which fills up quite early in the morning) and portable restrooms, but there are no showers or lifeguards. There is nowhere to rent snorkeling gear here.

Wahikuli Wayside Park

Wahikuli Wayside Park is one of Maui’s most underrated beaches that has some great snorkeling spots. It is located right between Lahaina and Ka’anapali and offers a secluded escape, mainly during weekdays.

Go snorkeling right off the break wall between this beach park and Hanakao’o Beach Park cause you definitely won’t regret the stunning scenery of healthy corals, colorful fish, and plenty of turtles.

Snorkeling in Maui

A little bit of a swell also allows boogie-boarding fans to practice their skill. Boss Frog’s has you covered for all of your water sports gear needs.

The beach park provides restrooms, showers, a picnic shelter, a BBQ area, sheltered grassy areas, and sometimes even roadside food vendors.

DT Fleming Beach

DT Fleming Beach is a family-friendly beach park that is popular for its excellent swimming, boogie boarding, and snorkeling sites.

The snorkeling here is best during morning hours when the crystal-clear waters are calm as the shore break can be quite dangerous. The beach also provides good waves for surfers.

DT Fleming Beach

DT Fleming Beach Park is great for family picnicking as it features a green area shaded by a grove of Ironwood trees, picnic tables, BBQ grills, restrooms, outdoor showers, parking, and lifeguards on duty. There is nowhere to rent gear here.

Napili Bay

If you are a beginner snorkeler but still want to fully experience the real beauty of Maui’s underwater paradise, then Napili Beach is a must-visit beach for you.

The right side of the bay is well protected from high swells and features nice tidal pools around the southern section.

This creates all the necessary conditions for beginners as well as seasoned snorkelers to enjoy the activity above rocky coastal benches and admire abundant coral and tropical fish.

Napili Bay

In comparison, the left side of the beach awaits adventuresome swimmers to discover the rich marine life in rocky alcoves and reefs.

Please note that this part is quite choppy and poor visibility can prevent you from fully appreciating the underwater world. Nearby, you can have a nice dinner with a view at Sea House Restaurant.

There are no public restrooms (they are reserved for nearby condos and restaurant patrons), no lifeguards, and no places to rent snorkeling gear. Street parking is available.


Kaanapali Beach – Black Rock

Black Rock is a gorgeous rocky peninsula and a must-experience cliff jumping and snorkeling spot on the northern edge of the famous Kaanapali Beach.

The rest of the beach is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The water deepens gradually, allowing beginner snorkelers to enjoy the rich marine life.

Kaanapali Beach – Black Rock

Please avoid snorkeling too close to the point and instead follow the underwater lava rock ledge to get to a small cove where you can observe the abundant marine life.

The beach offers a public parking area and showers but has no restrooms (use nearby resorts’ facilities) or lifeguards on duty. Stop by Boss Frog’s to grab your snorkeling gear before hitting the water!

>> Click here to book your Kaanapali Beach snorkeling tour

Kahekili – Airport Beach

Stunning Airport Beach is one of Maui’s most convenient beaches nestled in Kahekili Beach Park. The Beach Park is great for snorkeling, paddle boarding, scuba diving, swimming, picking, etc.

Reefs, home to healthy corals, vibrant fish, and turtles, run along the shore, making it easily accessible for all skill levels to explore underwater life.


Rent or purchase your snorkeling gear at the snorkel store and get ready to head underwater to check out the sea turtles. Just do note that visibility is not excellent near the shore but gets better when you swim farther out.

Make sure to go snorkeling early in the morning since the wind often picks up in the afternoon. The park offers top-notch facilities, such as a parking lot, a large grassy area, a covered gazebo, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and a BBQ area.

Slaughterhouse (Mokuleia Bay)

Slaughterhouse Beach, also known as Mokuleia Bay, is a protected marine preserve and provides you with the needed secluded retreat amid a picturesque cliff-framed beach.

Eighty-seven stairs will lead you to this mysterious Maui beach enhanced by towering walls of lava rocks, boulders, and wild greenery.

The northern part of the beach is great for snorkeling and swimming (you can even snorkel from this beach to neighboring Honolua Bay) when the ocean is tame.

Mokuleia Bay

Beginner snorkelers should only go out during the morning hours when everything is calm since the area is filled with coves and cliffs, with waves that can become quite powerful, making these waters suitable only for experienced swimmers.

Try not to visit Mokuleia Bay during the winter months since high swells usually dominate during that time and things may take a tragic turn while surfing, swimming, or snorkeling there.

There are no amenities on-site, just a trash receptacle in the street parking lot. There is no place to rent snorkel gear there.

Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay offers one of the most serene beach escapes you will experience in Maui! This C-shaped cove is protected on both sides by two reefs, making it ideal for all skill levels to snorkel and swim there even when the wind is up in the afternoon.

Marine life is abundant on both sides of the bay, but the southern part has poor visibility.

Kapalua Bay

The bay’s northern section has some of the best snorkeling in Maui, so feel free to go swimming along the rocky edge and witness the healthiest of corals and abundant marine life in the clearest of waters.

Boss Frog’s will provide you with all of the snorkeling equipment you need for a one-of-a-kind experience. When it comes to facilities, Kapalua Bay has a public fountain, public restrooms, showers, and a small parking lot.

Canoe Beach – Hanakao’o

Get away from the hustle and bustle at Canoe Beach, a secluded paradise nestled between Lahaina Town and the resorts of Ka’anapali.

The Beach is famous for paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming activities, outrigger canoe races on Saturdays, and the fact that it features a golden sandy beach connected with a barely noticeable stream to Ka’anapali Beach.


The best snorkeling spots on the beach are either at the area fronting Hyatt Resort or the shallow section off the rocks on the southern edge.

Hanakao’o Beach Park also offers plenty of amenities, from ample parking area, showers, restrooms, to lifeguards and a shaded picnic area with BBQs, trash, and recycle bins. There is nowhere to rent snorkeling gear here.

Honolua Bay

As part of the Marine Life Conservation District, Honolua Bay is a huge bay that still plays a significant role in Hawaii’s cultural, historical, and environmental heritage.

Surrounding towering rocky cliffs shelter the bay from high winds by offering serene waters for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.

Witnessing Honolua Bay’s diverse marine life is another otherworldly experience that one should discover while snorkeling in these calm waters.

Honolua Bay

Just keep in mind the fact that fishing here is prohibited. Before heading to snorkeling, walk on the northern part along the rocks (watch your step, since rocks can be slippery), where you can find abundant healthy corals and vibrant fish, and swim a little farther out for underwater exploration with better visibility.

You will find no lifeguard, bathrooms, or showers. There is also nowhere to rent snorkeling gear at Honolua Bay.

Baby Beach

If you’re planning to visit Lahaina with the kids, then make sure not to miss kid-friendly Baby Beach. This is a soft, sandy narrow beach that features fewer waves as it is protected by an exposed stretch of reefs, so you can let the kids play in the shallows without fear.

Wading with the kids in shallow ocean depths is a great way to explore coral reefs in calm waters. The northern part of the beach has quite a few coral heads, so snorkeling here is your only option to get a closer look.

Baby Beach – best snorkeling in Maui

You can get your Maui Beach Bundle in the Snorkel Store before hitting the water. There are no amenities here (parking lot, lifeguard, showers/restrooms).

Maui Snorkeling Tips

To have the best experience snorkeling in Maui, it is important to keep these tips in mind before you head out to the water. First, use the buddy system.

Always snorkel with someone so you can keep an eye on each other and have assistance if necessary.

Next, be realistic about your swimming abilities. If you’re not a particularly strong swimmer, using a flotation device will prevent fatigue and give you an enjoyable experience of discovering underwater life.

Next, be comfortable with your gear. Make sure your mask fits correctly and isn’t too tight or too loose. Use a defogging spray to make sure you’ll be able to see what you’re going to see!

Last but not least, respect the environment! Please refrain from touching or chasing animals and delicate coral. Use eco-friendly sunscreen, and dispose of your trash (and any other you find!) in a proper place.

These tips will allow for a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience exploring Maui’s underwater beauty! 

There are so many fantastic places to find the best snorkeling in Maui. Did we miss any of your favorite places? Please let us know in the comments section!

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A look from under the water

While alluring silence hung on the swimming fields of the country, and everyone is preparing for the stages of the Russian Cup, the correspondent of the All-Russian Swimming Federation Konstantin Vekhanen decided to get in touch with the neighbors of the water world — divers, and draw parallels between these sports.

The day before, the special correspondent managed to meet with the young talent of the country, the champion of Russia in diving, the bronze medalist of the II CMAS World Games, the winner of the Russian Cup, 17-year-old Dmitry Lobchenko, who with pleasure told about himself, his first gold medal and compared the types of swimming. Dmitry helped us to learn about the life of young talents in underwater sports, the level of training, disciplines and rules, as well as to understand the role of swimming with fins in the life of an athlete. nine0003

— Dima, please tell us how your sports career started? In general, why is swimming, also scuba diving?

“Well, it all started, probably, as it usually happens for many people. My mother took me to the pool, because in Kropotkin there was nowhere else to go. And since my aunt was already working as a diving coach, no one thought for a long time, and I was sent to her group.

— That is, in the Lobchenko family in little Dmitry they immediately saw an athlete? nine0012

“Well, not exactly. Now my mother says that at that time she wanted me to swim just for myself, for health, and already at the age of 10-12 I began to train more diligently, and it became clear that this would turn into something worthwhile. Just one of my first competitions, in which I took third place at the age of 11, and became a kind of impetus for swimming seriously.”

— Did you enjoy scuba diving at first?

“At first it was not very good, it was hard. But little by little, everything fell into place, regular training, competitions, everything is as it should be. Got involved.» nine0003

— Then tell us what scuba diving is, because many people don’t know much about this sport.

“Scuba diving is quite a young sport compared to ordinary swimming. It differs in that scuba diving uses snorkels, fins and, at some distances, breathing apparatus. I say right away that there are no technical devices that would give an advantage or something else. All divers swim with their muscular strength. nine0003

We have a large number of disciplines for different distances, just like ordinary swimmers. There are eight hundred meters, four hundred, one and a half thousand, in general, enough. On some, you have to use this self-contained breathing apparatus.

— Do you have any favorite races?

“Of course there is. I prefer long distances, I like 1500 meters the most, but I also swim 800 meters with the same pleasure.

— What is the main difference between scuba diving and ordinary diving? nine0012

“Well, these are different sports for me, although it’s clear that we all swim. Many swimmers believe that if they join us, they will all win. But it’s not like that. Firstly, it is also very heavy physical activity, training. Secondly, you need to choose a flipper for yourself.

— What does it mean to pick up a flipper? Are there any subtleties in the choice?

“Of course. This is a very complicated process, because first you need to decide on the manufacturer, then choose the material for the plate, whether it’s carbon or plain glass. Next, swim and see how it behaves in the water, how hard it is, because in a hard flipper you will not swim far. nine0003

— Have you thought about switching from one type to another?

“No, I didn’t think about it. I really love fins, this is speed, this is a different kind of swimming, and I hope that someday our sport will be included in the Olympic program, and we will take the first team place.”

— “Not as an athlete, but as a spectator, do you watch what happens in swimming?

“Actually, this is my favorite sport in the Olympic program. I follow all the competitions if I have time, and especially Danila Izotov, as he competes for our Krasnodar Territory. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, and he is only 22. By the way, he sometimes trains in our pool. nine0003

— Let’s talk about you now. Your first adult success — the gold medal of the Russian Cup at a distance of 1500 meters. I’m right?

“That’s right, how quick-witted you are (laughs). In the 800m, I took silver at the Russian Cup, and I took my first gold in the 1500m, all in the same place in Balakovo. Of course, not without the work of my coach Evgeny Ivanovich Grigoriev, who invested a lot of strength and patience in me. I am very glad that he is my coach, thanks to him for everything.”

— Must be very demanding? nine0012

“Well, of course, the honored coach of Russia, who brought up world champions, multiple world champions, of course, strict discipline, you need to follow all his instructions, requirements, work and work again, in general.”

— You are 17 years old, you are the champion of Russia. What did you experience when you won that first gold at the senior level?

“Of course I was very happy, but I don’t consider it an absolute victory, because my teammate won the World Championship with a better time than me. That’s when he is in shape, and I beat his record, then it will be a victory. nine0003

— Did you feel the attention from the public after the victory?

“To be honest, I don’t know. I think that you should not concentrate on this, first of all you swim to defeat yourself.

— I would like to know the secret of Dmitry Lobchenko’s victories. Maybe there are unique methods of preparation?

“Well, of course, I won’t tell the whole training session, this information is usually not distributed. It all starts with a warm-up, it takes half the time of the total workout. In training, we “sprint” a lot, it is given to me without much pleasure — I just don’t have time to accelerate. Whether it’s a series of «hundreds», where you swim a lot at the same pace. In the same way, I don’t have much sympathy for swimming 300 meters. It’s inconvenient. And not 200, and not 400 meters. At the end of the training, you must definitely swim 400 meters “on the board”, although Evgeny Ivanovich sometimes says: “No boards, took the tubes and swam with a crawl!”. nine0003

— Your day starts…

“My day starts with training, then school with delicious chops, preparing for exams, then another training session. In my free time, I often want to stay at home, relax, watch a movie, because fatigue affects, well, or I can read a magazine with headphones under Eminem. This year I am finishing the eleventh grade and after that I am going to enter the Institute of Physical Education. I want to be as close to professional sports as possible.” nine0003

— This summer, at the end of July, the European Championship will take place in Italy, in which you will take part. Are you setting any goals for yourself?

“As always, there are many goals… Last year I qualified for only one distance, but now I want to try two. And of course, the 4 x 2000 meter marathon relay. This year it has been simplified: two men and two women are selected, so it will be twice as difficult.”

— And the last question: What do you dream about? Maybe there is a cherished dream? nine0012

“I want to win the World Championship, set a record so that it stands for a long, long time. And of course, I really hope that in the near future we will be included in the Olympic program, and then the national team of our country will show everyone what it is worth in this sport. I am sure that we will collect all the gold in scuba diving and win the Summer Olympics in the team event, as Russia did at the winter games in Sochi.”

— Thank you very much, it was a pleasure to talk to you. Today is International Women’s Day, you have a great opportunity to congratulate the fair sex on the holiday. nine0012

“I would like to congratulate all the girls on International Women’s Day and wish them happiness, always good mood, pleasant surprises and success in all endeavors. To always have a worthy guy next to them.

Material prepared Konstantin Vehanen
Special for the Russian Sports Federation


General documents

  • Charter of the All -Russian Social Sports Federation of Russia
  • Program «Development of underwater sports in the Russian Federation» (approved by order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated December 24, 2020 No. 963)
  • Federal standard for sports training in underwater sports (approved by order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated 06/30/2021 No. 496, registered with the Ministry of Justice of Russia on 07/28/2021 No. 64420)
  • Regulations on the Technical Committee of the FPSR (approved by order of the FPSR dated June 29, 2021 No. 24)
  • Regulations on awarding athletes with the badge «Champion of Russia» (approved by order of the FPSR dated June 21, 2022 No. 17)
  • Regulations on the selection to the Russian national underwater sports team (approved by the decision of the Presidium of the FPSR dated March 15, 2022 No. 2)
  • Regulations on the participation of athletes, teams / clubs in international competitions
  • Regulations on the procedure for transfers to other sports clubs and physical culture and sports organizations and the parallel offset of the results of official sports competitions in the sport «underwater sports»
  • Explanatory Notes to Regulations on Transition Order
  • Application of an athlete, a member of the sports team of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation, to transfer to another constituent entity of the Russian Federation
  • Consent to the processing of personal data
  • FPSR Disciplinary Code
  • Status of an Athlete — a member of the Russian national underwater sports team (as amended on November 25, 2020)
  • Commitment of an athlete, a member of the Russian underwater sports team, to comply with anti-doping rules, 2021
  • Bank details of the FPSR for payment of earmarked contributions


  • Regulations on the Unified All-Russian Sports Classification (valid from July 11, 2021 to January 1, 2023) dated February 20, 2017 No. 108 (as amended by orders dated June 1, 2017 No. 479 , dated February 16, 2018 No. 143, dated October 26, 2018 No. 913, dated June 13, 2019 No. 469, dated April 10, 2020 No. 295, dated June 1, 2021 No. 370)
  • Regulations on the Unified All-Russian Sports Classification (effective from January 1, 2023) dated February 20, 2017 No. 108 (as amended by orders dated June 1, 2017 No. 479, dated February 16, 2018 No. 143, dated October 26, 2018 No. 913, dated June 13, 2019 No. 469, dated April 10, 2020 No. 295, dated June 1, 2021 No. 370)

  • Order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated January 11, 2022 No. 6 «On the approval of the Unified All-Russian Sports Classification (sports not included in the programs of the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games, and also not military-applied or service-applied sports)» (Registered on February 15 .2022 No. 67297, effective from February 26, 2022)

  • EVSK 2022-2025 (underwater sports) valid from 02/26/2022
  • EVSK 2018-2021 (underwater sports) from 02/28/2020 to 12/31/2021
  • EVSK 2018-2021 (underwater sports) until 02/28/2020
  • EVSK 2018-2021 (underwater sports) until 05/14/2018
  • EVSK 2014-2017 (underwater sports) until 12/31/2017
  • All-Russian Register of Sports (VRVS)
  • Extract from the VRVS for the sport «underwater sports» for 19. 04.2019
  • Order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia «On approval of the general principles and criteria for the formation of lists of candidates for the sports teams of the Russian Federation and the procedure for approving these lists» dated February 25, 2022 No. 139
  • Federal standard for sports training in the sport «underwater sports», approved by the Order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated 09.11.2022 No. 941 (valid from 01.01.2023)

  • Regulations on the assignment, deprivation, restoration of honorary sports titles, approved by order of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation of October 24, 2022 No. 856 (effective from December 11, 2022)

  • Regulation on sports referees dated February 28, 2017 No. 134 (entered into force on June 13, 2017), as amended by orders of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated February 13, 2018 No. 123 (entered into force on March 26, 2018), dated 26 October 2018 No. 914 (entered into force on 01. 12.2018), dated November 11, 2019 No. 928 (entered into force on December 27, 2019), dated July 15, 2020 No. 535 (entered into force on September 1, 2020 .)
  • Qualification requirements for sports judges in underwater sports (effective from March 7, 2018) Order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated March 07, 2018 No. 208
  • Qualification requirements for sports judges in underwater sports (valid until March 7, 2018) as amended by the order of the Ministry of Sports of Russia dated May 16, 2016 No. 534
  • Submission form for the assignment of sports titles (MS)
  • Submission form for the award of sports titles (MSMK)
  • Application form for awarding sports titles (ZTR / ZMS)
  • Recommended Sample Documents for Sports Referees
  • Procedure for issuing documents for awarding sports titles

Lists of candidates for sports teams of Russia

Calendar plans for competitions and measures to prepare for them

Regulations on interregional and All -Russian competitions

Competition Regulations

Competition Rules for Sports Sports






  • Diving Risk Awareness Statement
  • Medical questionnaire
  • Recreational and Sport Diving Safety Brief
  • Student Declaration
  • Attestation sheet (training transfer form) for the course «Diver» (CMAS 1*)
  • Final examination for the course «Diver» (CMAS 1*).

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