Snorkeling Tips

Snorkeling on the Kona coast of Hawaii

Jack’s Diving Locker is a full service snorkel center with a large selection of mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vests and much more.  With an on-site pool, you can actually slip into the water and try gear before purchasing.  Just remember to bring your swimsuit and towel!  Come by and visit our friendly staff who are happy to share local knowledge about fun beaches and interesting marine life.

SNORKEL LESSONS: Jack’s Diving Locker also offers snorkel lessons for those who want some instruction.  Kids and families welcome.

GEAR: Jack’s Diving Locker is well-stocked with quality snorkel gear with a range in pricing.  We also have a well-stocked gear locker with plenty of quality rental gear.

When snorkeling along the Kona coast, please do NOT stand on or touch live coral.  You will harm this delicate animal and ultimately the entire ecosystem.  Please do not feed the fish. Please look, but do not harass (touch, pet, grab, or chase) the Green Sea Turtles.  They’re air breathing reptiles, a protected species, and a stiff penalty can result from harassment.  Please minimize sunscreen use near coral reefs.  Wear long sleeve surf shirts instead.

Dolphin Watch Cruises

ADVENTURES WITH SNORKELING: Snorkelers will find plenty of fun places to explore along the Kona coast when snorkeling from shore.  For those who want to get out and see more, join us on our Dolphin/Whale Watch & Snorkel Cruises or the world famous Manta Ray Night Snorkel.  Many family groups like to go on Private Charters for snorkeling and sightseeing along the Kona coast.  Please call 1(800) 345-4807 or 808-329-7585 for reservations or more information.





  1. FIT: Place mask on face where it feels comfortable. Make sure all hair is out of mask. Breathe in through your nose and see if you can create suction. Good suction usually means good fit.
  2. STRAP: Place mask on your face where it feels comfortable and then pull strap over head. Keep strap high on the back of your head and above your ears. Make sure it is snug, but not too tight.
  3. DEFOG: Squirt a couple of drops of defog solution on the inside of a dry mask and rub around. Rinse off in salt water, not fresh water.  Place the mask on your face after rinsing.
  4. MASK CLEARING: Apply pressure to top of mask, blow out your nose, and look up. With a purge mask, press on sides of mask, blow out your nose and look down.


  1. FIT: Bite down gently on bite tabs and place lips over mouthpiece. The seal to keep water out is created by your lips. If you smile you will break the seal and water will come in.
  2. SNORKEL CLEARING: It’s easy to get the water out of the snorkel. Say the word “two” with force and blast the water out the purge.
  3. BREATHING WITH A SNORKEL: Breath deep, slow relaxed breaths. Look out in a 45-degree angle. Keep snorkel out of water.


  1. FIT: Place foot in foot pocket (there usually is no right or left). Stand up and lift heal up and down. If the heal stays snug the fin fits.  Don’t walk around with your fins on.  This is not like trying on shoes.
  2. KICKING: Use big slow kicks. Move your legs from your hips and bend knees only slightly. Keep fins underwater, not above water. Avoid bicycle kicking (big knees) or flutter kicking (movement at ankle).  Keep arms to side.


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