The South Pacific is a beautiful place. Fascinating flora and fauna, and sun and beaches… but wait! The real beauty lies beneath the waves.
There are lots of ways to explore the ocean, even if you aren’t lucky enough to be a fish or a turtle (like my friend Ponga). For people that are really dedicated to their underwater adventures, scuba-diving offers the most thrilling sights. But scuba-diving involves a lot of equipment — it can be expensive and difficult to learn how to use.
What about us more casual ocean-explorers? For us, there’s snorkeling! Snorkeling is a fun and easy way to peer under the waves. It’s great for kids and their parents, too! Snorkeling is perfect for the South Pacific, because it works best in the ocean. Do you know why? (Hint: Things float more in salt water!)
Snorkeling is simple, and all it takes is a mask and a snorkel. Put ’em on, and away you go! The mask allows you to look underwater, and using the snorkel means you can breath normally while checking it all out! One of the keys to snorkeling is breathing normally. At first it might feel a little funny — breathing underwater is usually reserved for the fish! But you’ll get the hang of it before long and then the ocean is your oyster (so to speak). If you want to get fancy (and fast!) you can strap on a pair of flippers. Flippers help you dive underwater to get a closer look at the coral and fish that stay near the bottom.
Always be respectful of the ocean creatures. They are nice to look at, but don’t touch them! Even fish can get scared sometimes!
Make sure your mask fits well. Getting water in your eyes will distract from the adventure.
Plan your trip. Snorkeling feels effortless, but it’s good to know how much energy you have.
Never stand on the coral! It might look like a tempting spot to take a break, but coral is fragile. It is also sharp! Be kind and gentle.
Always snorkel in calm water. Snorkeling in waves is no fun — usually all you can see is sand!
Thanks for reading!
~ your friend Loke
Thanks to Jose Manuel Segovia for the fantastic photo of the turtle!