Located in Oahu, the snorkeling in North Shore offers over ten good snorkel dive spots. The best North Shore snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Kuilima Cove, Malaekahana Beach, Sharks Cove, Kawela Bay, and Turtle Bay. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a North Shore snorkeling dive below.
North of Honolulu and Waimea at Pupukea Beach Park, the snorkeling at Sharks Cove is rated as one of the best snorkel dive sites in the world. Sharks Cove is a small rocky bay with abundant marine life that is part of the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District. The coral heads and boulders form small caves sheltering all the fish. You can expect to see parrot fish, butterfly fish, needle fish, surgeon fish, goatfish, triggerfish, unicorn fish, eels, wrasse and sea turtles. Most of the bay is about 7 to 15 feet deep in the center.
North of Honolulu and Waimea on Oahu, the snorkeling at Three Tables is known for its flat coral formations extending out from the sandy beach. While snorkeling Three Tables, you may encounter cornet fish, eels, damselfish, moorish idols, goat fish, and tangs. It is part of the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District.
North of Honolulu and Waimea on Oahu, the snorkeling at Turtle Bay is popular dive site, but it is not known for quantities of green sea turtles. In the past, this bay was a turtle nesting ground. The waters can be pretty rough throughout the winter months. If the surf is knee high or less, you can at least enter the water at low tide, but it's a rough ride. If the surf is too rough for snorkeling at Turtle Bay, you can check out the other local dive site about 1,000 feet away to the north in Kuilima Cove which has a protective reef.
North of Honolulu in Waimea on Oahu, the snorkeling at Waimea Bay Beach Park is popular with local snorkelers during the calm summer months. It is part of the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District. While it is known for huge waves in the winter, the summer brings low surf ideal for snorkeling.