Snorkeling in Hawaii is one of the greatest and most majestic experiences that you can take part in when you visit or move to Hawaii. It's not just the chance of your lifetime but imagine what it could mean for kids! A good snorkeling experience can form a true appreciation for the beauty of nature on young minds.
Kuilima Cove on Oahu is the perfect place for kids to snorkel
There are good and bad places for kids to go snorkeling in Oahu. Some spots will have the possibility of being a little tough rough in the wave department. High surf is never good for snorkeling but what the definition of what is acceptable surf for some snorkelers that tell you about great snorkeling spots may not be good for the kids to be splashing around in and learning to snorkel.
Kulima Cove has crystal clear water. The water is so clear, in fact, that you may have a hard time trying to find a place on Oahu with the same water quality. It's almost like you're snorkeling in a huge aquarium. That's how clear the water is!
The entire cove is shielded by a coral barrier that keeps the water still and perfect for snorkeling and underwater picture taking.
And...the fish are plentiful. In my opinion, there are as many fish in Kuilima Cove as their are in Hanauma Bay. The fish are just as tame and friendly and I'll even go so far as to say that the conditions are better for snorkeling, both in the water and out.
Kuilima Cove is not near as popular as Hanauman Bay so there is always plenty of room on the beach. Also, the beach front on Kuilima Cove is on the grounds of the Turtle Bay Hilton Resort, so it's maintained and clean.
Another good thing is that there is usually plenty of parking at Kuilima Cove on the Turtle Bay Hilton grounds. Stay to the beach on the right side Hilton and you'll be in Kuilima Cove. If you're left of the resort then you're actually in Turtle Bay and it's not real great for snorkeling.