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How Does Snorkeling Work?

For some people, especially those who didn’t grow up near the water, snorkelling can be very intimidating. How can you breathe underwater? Here at Coral Reef Adventures, this is a question we get a lot. We’re here to answer all of your snorkelling questions so that you can relax and have an incredible day out on the water.

Snorkelling is swimming with fins, a mask, and a tube called a snorkel that allows you to have your face down in the water and still breathe. It is not the same thing as scuba diving. One of the main differences is that snorkelling doesn’t require tanks and other expensive equipment like regulators. You also are not “fully” submerged underwater. Scuba diving allows you to breathe underwater through the use of an oxygen tank, while snorkelling allows you to breathe the air above the water while you are on the surface with your face down. Snorkelling doesn’t require any certification, tests, or special skills, while scuba diving requires a certification. You can arrive in Kona, Hawaii one day and go snorkelling the next!

Wait- you breathe the air above the water with your face down? Yes, this is possible thanks to your snorkel. A snorkel is a hollow curved tube that is placed in your mouth that allows you to breathe while you are face down in the water. Essentially, while you look down into the water, the snorkel is sticking out of the water on one end while the other end is in your mouth. You don’t need to train yourself to breathe a certain way. Simply breathe normally and after just a few minutes you’ll probably forget the snorkel is even there. That is because you will be in awe of the amazing sea life right in front of your eyes!

Beyond your snorkel for breathing, you’ll also be wearing fins. These fins allow you to swim just like a fish! Of course, you’ll also be wearing a mask, which will be connected to the snorkel. Even those who have never been snorkelling before know you can’t just open your eyes and look into saltwater! One of these essential pieces are on, you can paddle around the water much easier than if you weren’t wearing any equipment at all. Don’t try to breathe with your nose or else the mask will quickly fog up. Breathe through your mouth in relaxed, normal breaths.

For your snorkelling adventure in Kona, HI, you want to go with Coral Reef Adventures. We offer several amazing snorkelling experiences, including snorkelling with manta rays, getting up close to a coral reef, and being close to dolphins. Wild Hawaiin Dolphins love it when we bring guests to see them; they’ll even swim with you! You’ll have a truly incredible day on the water, and then have amazing stories to tell when you get back home!

And another bit of good news- Coral Reef Adventures is currently unaffected by the Coronavirus pandemic. We will remain open and take extra precautions for your safety. We maintain our normal business hours. We look forward to seeing you soon for your day of snorkelling!

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