The Best Hawaii Snorkeling Tours – Bring your Full Face Snorkel Mask!

Hawaii Snorkeling Tour Holidays

The growing popularity of full face snorkels means many people have invested in these and are keen to use them when traveling on holiday, especially to Hawaii

In this article, we provide a brief explanation on why some tour operators are not letting people use their full face masks on a snorkeling tour.

We list the most popular Tour Operators on the Hawaii islands and where they stand on this issue. This gives you the opportunity when planning your holiday to work out if you want to pack your full face mask, and support a tour company who's happy to have you and your full face snorkel mask along. 

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So you want to use your full face snorkel mask on your next holiday?

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This article is for anyone thinking about buying a full face snorkel mask to take on their Hawaii holiday, as well as anyone who already has one.

Before you head off on holiday with your full face snorkel mask, you need to be aware that there are some snorkeling tour operators who refuse to let people to bring their own masks. Alongside these operators, there are plenty who are more than happy for you to bring yours along. 

Their tour, their rules - but why is this an issue?

For around 12 months, there have been stories shared on the internet and social media, of full face snorkel masks causing the deaths of snorkelers in Hawaii.

These click bait headlines make it sound really scary. Enough so that some people are now not considering buying a full face mask due to the headlines and misinformation. The stories have also stopped some tour operators in popular holiday destinations, such as Hawaii and the Florida Keys, from letting people use their own full face mask. This is regardless of how experienced a snorkeler or diver they are. 

If you have any concerns at all about the safety of these masks, please have a read of the article below. It will take less than 5 minutes and you'll be better informed and able to make a choice that you're comfortable with.

If you want to find out more about the safety of full face snorkel masks, click the link below. It will open this article in a new page.

Why did we do this list? So you can have a great holiday!

In order to help holiday makers avoid any disappointment, we've contacted snorkeling tour operators in Hawaii.

Listed below are the companies that happily allow you to bring your own mask. Below this are businesses which are mostly-okay about it but would prefer you use the equipment they supply. This is followed by companies who refuse to let you to use a full face snorkel mask. 

We will be continually updating this page. If you have any experiences of tour operators, both good or bad, please let us know as we'd love to hear from you. 

There are also many resort hotels in Hawaii who are now providing full face snorkel masks in large qualities for use by their guests. These will be added to the list as we're able to confirm them. 

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

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Hawaii Snorkeling Tour Operators

Hawaii Snorkeling Tour Operators

Most snorkeling tours will run for around an hour to an hour and a half. You need to be relaxed and not over-exert yourself. Snorkeling is about drifting or floating on the surface, and enjoying the view.

You'll find when booking a snorkeling tour, operators in Hawaii will provide snorkeling equipment. This generally includes traditional snorkels and masks, fins, and buoyancy vests. What may be offered at an additional cost will be a wet suit. 

Bringing any of your own gear won't reduce the cost of a tour. If you own a full face snorkel mask, you'll know these can give you a more comfortable snorkeling experience. This is especially true for people who suffer any teeth issues or jaw fatigue after biting down on a snorkel tube, or men with mustaches.

Operators on the 'YES! - Bring your Full Face Masks' List 

The tour companies listed below confirmed that they are very happy for you to bring your full face snorkel along with you on their tour. 

Those on the 'Ah okay, BUT we'd prefer you use our traditional gear' List 

The companies listed below will allow you to bring along and use your own snorkeling gear, including full face snorkel masks. When it comes to the full face masks, they'd still prefer you use their equipment.

The 'Nope, Nope, Definitely Not' List 

The companies listed below will not allow you to bring your full face mask citing 'safety and liability reasons'. These operators provide traditional snorkels and masks for your use. 

  • Pure Aloha Adventures
  • One Ocean Diving 

Snorkeling is fun, but...

One thing to remember is that different people have different snorkeling experiences regardless of whether they're swimming with a conventional mask and snorkel, or a full face mask.


Some people tire quickly with a traditional snorkel and mask, and the same applies with a full face mask.

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Full face masks have some really advantages, but snorkeling in some popular spots does require a good deal of energy. It's a good idea to consider using a snorkel buoyancy vest to take some of the hard work out of it for you.

Snorkeling is fun, but...

One thing to always remember is that different people have different snorkeling experiences regardless of whether they're swimming with a conventional mask and snorkel, or a full face mask. Some people tire quickly with a traditional snorkel and mask, and the same applies with a full face mask. Full face masks are better in lots of ways, but snorkeling in some popular spots does require a good deal of energy. 

Sharon  Swanson

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I know it sounds cliche, but I genuinely have a passion for travel - and let's face it, who doesn't enjoy a great adventure? I've always loved the beach and snorkeling, and to me, some of the best experiences are with the people you get to meet on the journey.  

This website and its articles are about providing valuable and helpful information for everyone looking for unforgettable holiday and travel experiences.  

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