We planned our visit to Kauai, Hawaii with ResorTime for several months prior to the family vacation. We knew we would be attending the Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tour with Holo Holo Charters and with the abundant marine life in the Hawaiian waters, wanted to be fully prepared for many snorkeling adventures on our own too. Our seven year old daughter had never snorkeled in the open ocean so we sought out tips from a favorite marine biologist friend. In addition to basic snorkeling safety, he had a few great suggestions we would not have thought of otherwise. Our favorite list of snorkel tips for kids does not detail safety tips so please make sure you take the time to research tide predictions and the areas in which you plan to snorkel. Our best snorkel tips for kids share how to make sure you have a positive and memorable experience like we did during our Hawaii family vacation. We came home and ordered our most favorite snorkeling photo on canvas from Canvas Factory. One lucky Brie Brie Blooms reader will win their own canvas of a favorite family vacation photo too!
My daughter spent most of our Hawaii family vacation in the water. After snorkeling for the very first time in the ocean with her dad, she asked to explore the wonders of the ocean below water everyday.
Her favorite beach to visit for snorkeling was Anini Beach on the Kauai North Shore. There is no lifeguard post but it is considered one of the safer beaches in the area. While snorkeling there, my daughter observed coral, eels, parrot fish, sea cucumbers and sea turtles among many other sea creatures. My husband captured a beautiful photo of her underwater with a sea turtle. This is the photo we turned into a canvas so we could be reminded of the wonderful memories of this family vacation everyday.
Snorkel tips for kids
1) Research the beaches you intend to visit.
Use a travel guide to research the beaches you intend to visit. I kept a copy of “The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook” in our rental car so I could easily reference beaches if our plans were derailed by interesting sights as we drove around the island. Anini Beach Park is categorized as “a real gem”, the top rating, and we fully agree.
2) Buy your own equipment.
Many resorts and some beaches offer snorkel rental equipment. While it may be of good quality, your child will need to fit each piece each time you are using different equipment. If you plan to snorkel frequently like we did during your family vacation, consider simply buying your own equipment instead. My daughter was able to practice in the pool with the $30 set we purchased from Costco in Kauai.
3) Follow all safety suggestions and rules posted at each beach.
In addition to paying attention to all rules and warnings posted at the beach, familiarize yourself with general snorkeling safety. Also check the local tide predictions and be aware of any seasonal dangers.
4) Be prepared to have your child document their experiences.
Use the free printable child dive log for your child to document each snorkel experience. I know my daughter will enjoy revisiting the memories captured in her dive log.
5) Pack an underwater camera like a GoPro and actually use it.
My husband used his GoPro to capture amazing video of our daughter with marine animals. We came home and turned a favorite photo into a canvas with Canvas Factory. The process is very easy and inexpensive.
With many different styles and prints including canvas prints, acrylic glass, aluminum and collages, it’s easy to forever preserve your favorite family vacation memories. The high quality canvas print arrived a week after we placed our order and we were very happy with the beautiful memory keepsake.
The 16″ x 20″ canvas print of my daughter snorkeling with the sea turtle fit perfectly on a family gallery wall. With hundreds more favorite photos it’s going to be tough to decide which to order next!
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Which favorite family photo would you like to have printed on canvas?