Tips on Safe Snorkeling in Maui
Snorkel with a buddy and stay together.
Choose a location where lifeguards are present.
Ask the lifeguard about conditions before getting in the water.
Plan your entry and exit points prior to getting in the water.
Swim into the current on entering and then ride the current back to your exit point.
Pop your head above the water periodically to ensure you aren't drifting too far out or near rocks.
Think of the ocean as someone else's home—don't take anything that doesn't belong to you or leave any trash behind.
Don't touch any ocean creatures; they may reveal hidden stingers.
Do not bump against or step on coral. Touching it can kill the delicate creatures that reside within the hard shell. Coral reefs grow only an inch or two a year.
Wear a rash guard; it will keep you from being fried by the sun.
Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before entering the water so less of it enters the water.
When in doubt, don't go without a snorkeling professional; try a tour.
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