Is there any place, such as Haena, that is safe for snorkeling in February?
Maybe Anini, but most of the snorkeling spots on the NS are pretty rough in Feb but you never know!!!! Last January some friends of mine were able to go out to Ke'e one day. Visibility wasn't great though.
You would need to check the daily conditions.
That is a difficult question as the weather can change dramatically daily.
Last year even with the cold and windy weather we snorkeled in extremely calm waters and great visibility in late February-March. As I recall we had 4 fabulous times snorkeling at Tunnel's, 3 at Ke's and a great day at Hideaway's. The surf changes so quickly from day to day.....Just be carful!!!!! and have a great trip.
Yep, good advice, be well aware of the surf conditions, and stong currents....
Visitors have been rescued on a steady basis mostly by experienced watermen ( surfers), and many of those do not make the paper. In fact, they have saved entire families, as well as individuals by ones and twos.
Most visitors are not familar and have no idea of the strength of the ocean and the currents. Nor the dangers associated with it.
Plus, they chose to ignore verbal warnings as well as posted signs...
It is great that you are are asking to be informed.
Best idea is to check the surf reports, ask the lifeguards , and look at the actual conditions.
Another thing that we see, is visitors not understanding they should not go into the water during or after a strong rain storm.....and they ignore or are not aware of the Brown Water Warnings. Which is pretty evident when they look at the water from shore.
Now, mother nature can be a filckle creature, and you may have sunny skies and calm seas. But, as suggested do check for you and your families safety.
The beach report will list the different shores and surf conditions, so you may be able to drive to a safer beach.
Also, check the visibility.....if the water is stirred up, the visibility will be poor and there will not be much to see. Hope for clean and calm.
I'm a wimp, but, I truly wouldn't recommend snorkeling on the north shore in the winter without doing a lot of homework. About the only place I'd recommend would be Anini Beach. Perhaps not the best snorkeling place but with the reef it should be safer. You might want to consider heading down to the South shore.
We've been to Kauai 3 times, all in February and snorkeled Ke'e and Tunnels and never had a problem. One day in one of those years at Ke'e it was a little rough so we skipped that time. Just don't be stupid and ignore warnings and strong currents if yo get in a feel them.
IF you decide to snorkel on the north shore, please do so only at a beach with a life guard! Tunnels has been known to get some huge waves in the winter. Double check the water conditions with a life guard, local weather, etc.
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