There are outstanding locations for snorkeling or diving. Some are even close to the shore and not a boat necessary. Share special places you know and describe what to expect.
Diving is possible all year round, but the best periode is the end of summer until the middle of oktober.
This trip is offered year-round. Sometimes ocean conditions can spoil the trip, especially in the winter (November/December until March/April). It's a popular tour and likely to be sold out days before, particularly on weekends.
The popular manta tour is mostly sold out even in the shoulder season. Up to 150 people watch this awesome "dinner show" in the sea each evening. Therefore advanced booking is recommended. Book your Manta tour here. Shoulder seasons are: During spring between mid-April to mid-June and in fall from September to November. It's busier during the "Golden Week" in Japan end of April until the beginning of May. It gets very crowded when the Ironman takes place in October. Increasing rates in summer, during Christmas, New Year's Eve and on Independence Day.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
In summer the ocean is calmer which is better for snorkeling. In the winter the surf can be higher. The island is drier from May to October. Kona is often cloudy during the summer. Rain can always occur in Hawaii especially late afternoon and in the nights. The reason that the islands have a lush and green vegetation, especially in the east and north on Big Island. The north and east coast gets more rain than south and west which is the leeward side.
Diving in Winter
- Hammerhead Sharks can be spotted year-round most probable encounters are in January and February.
- Whale sharks are more likely to spot between mid-December to mid-January.
Great diving destination at any time of the year with dry season in Cancun from from December to April. Weather is more predictable and sea is calm for snorkeling and diving. Less chance for rain.
Low season starts after Eastern and prices may drop. In summer more frequented by European tourists and prices increase. Hurricans and tropical storms can occur at the end of the rainy season September/October.
To visit the island good weather conditions and a calm sea are essential. Best months are from May to September for snorkeling and diving. Water is even colder than at Cairns of Coll. It is a hotspot for basking sharks in July and August.
The best time for snorkeling is during summer on a sunny day and a calm sea. Regarding the weather, it's usually best from April to the beginning of July. From mid-July to August rain occurs more often. September is also a good month for snorkeling in the protected lagoon.
Coll is very busy in July and August. During the peak season, it is more difficult to get an accommodation. The shark festival takes place in August which is very popular.
Bunaken is a whole year desitination.
Best months are May to September (the dry season). Wet season from November to February. It has a little affect to the visibility.
Peak season July and August which is higher priced and fully booked.
Dolphin and whale watching is offered in July and August.