Tips for Kayaking and Snorkeling , Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa and Kohala Coast and the Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook Monument Area.
by Iwa K. T. Kalua
Helpful tips for Kayaking and Snorkeling the gorgeous areas of the Big Island Of Hawaii!
Areas including : Kealakekua Bay and the Captain James Cook Monument, The city of refuge at Honaunau Bay, The sea caves out of Keauhou Bay,Kailua bay and the many snorkel beaches along Alii Drive.
By: Iwa Kalua - Owner/Operator - Aloha Kayak Company – Big Island Hawaii
1.Be sure to read and understand all signs pertaining to this area .This is to insure your safety and knowledge of this area to help you gain a deeper understanding and respect level for this area and its dangers.
2.Check your vehicle make sure it is locked and valuables are hidden. The safest place for your keys is in a dry bag or zip-loc bag if you are taking them on the water with you.
3.Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Always check ocean's Tide, surf and surge levels and other safety concerns exposed rocks and branches etc..before entering ocean. And never turn your back to the surf. Always watch the shore in front of you and the surf in back of you . If there is a lifeguard in the area ask questions!
4.Be sure to inventory and secure all your equipment to your kayak with straps , string or bungee cords effects that slip off the kayak and can't be recovered can be detrimental to the coral and wild life. Check your surrounding to make sure you don't forget any thing before leaving dock.
5.Always take enough water and supplies to replace depleted nutrients to avoid certain health hazards like heat stroke and cramping, drink lots of water through out the day.
6.Make sure wear proper sun protection by applying sunscreen, hat , long sleeve shirt or rash guard ,sunglasses etc. there is no shade to hide under while kayaking.
7.Where your life jackets while kayaking and snorkeling. This will help protect the coral and you. Wearing a life vest keeps you from touching the bottom in the event of a mask malfunction or cramp while snorkeling. Facial hair and improper defogging of face mask are other common reasons for malfunctions.
8.Do not follow, chase or swim with the dolphins( Nai'a ). They are protected by the Marine Mammal Act. This is a preserve for them to nurse and rest after feeding in deeper waters ,please keep a 50 yard distance from them. Do not feed the fish or remove anything from the ocean . Except trash ,please remove when encountered. Proper distances to keep from wild life is: Dolphins 50 yards- Whales 300 feet- Whales w/ calf- 900 feet- Monk Seals- 50yards .
9.Tip for entering your kayak from a dock or wharf: Always make sure that your belongings are secured to the vessel and all your equipment is secured as well. Take a leash or strap from your car rack and attach it to the kayak and prepare to drop kayak into water off the side of dock. When stepping down into the kayak always step into the foot well on the vessel and sit down into your seat immediately. Do not walk around on the vessel in the water you can fall out and/or damage the your kayak.
10.Tip for entering your kayak from a boat ramp or shallow water : secure your equipment and belongings as stated in above step. Then carry the vessel to the point that it is about thigh high to you . Stand next to your seat and turn your back to the kayak. Then sit your butt in the seat and turn your legs onto the vessel. Grab your paddle and away you go.
11.Tip for entering the water from your kayak to snorkel:(DEEP WATER) Find an area within your destination that looks the calmest and most protected from the surge and surf conditions. Sit there in your kayak and turn your legs so they are hanging off the kayak. If it is a double kayak then both participants will need to hang their legs off both sides. While in that position take the mesh bag with your snorkel gear and remove gear. Then take your personal belongings hat,sunglasses, shirt etc...and put them in to the mesh bag re-secure the mesh bag to the kayak. Put your snorkel gear on and then enter the water off opposite sides at the same time. Then grab your kayak leash and pull it around as you snorkel.
12.Tip for entering the water from your kayak to snorkel: (shallow water). Follow steps above. The only difference is that you will need to find a sand patch below you to step out of the kayak into. Then stand next to your kayak and set-up your snorkel gear while standing next to your kayak instead of sitting in it. Then lay in the water next to your kayak and grab the leash then pull your kayak out in to the deeper areas using your kayak as a floating platform/safety device for you to have next to you as you explore.
13.What you take in with you bring back out.
14.Defog your mask with a green leaf off of any plant. Take that leaf and crush it into your lense with a couple tea spoons of water. Draw out all the chlorophyll ,thats what defogs your mask, Then rinse and put on mask. Then have fun snorkeling.