Category: Travel and Leisure

If you would like the opportunity to observe underwater sea life without all the complicated equipment needed for scuba diving, then snorkeling might be your sport. Snorkeling is a fun recreational sport that does not require any special certification. The Hawaiian Islands are ideal for snorkeling, and Kauai in particular has some great snorkeling spots throughout the island. This is a guide to snorkeling on the island of Kauai. 

There are a number or snorkel rental shops throughout the island if you decided to leave your own gear at home. If you are not into renting gear, you can buy gear relatively inexpensively at some of the big box stores on Kauai. 

If you have never snorkeled before, there are two outfits that offer guided snorkeling tours. Aloha Kauai Tours offers their SeaFun Guided Snorkel tour for about $80. They pick you up and take you to a safe snorkeling location and provide drinks and snacks. Seafun Snorkel tours are one of the best on the island; they can help anyone enjoy snorkeling. At the Princeville Hotel, Hanalei Watersports also offers guided snorkel tours for $45. 

The north shore of Kauai has some great snorkeling beaches, but the snorkeling here is seasonal. The best times to snorkel on the north shore of Kauai is from May till September. Ke’e Beach is great for snorkeling, tons of fish, clear waters and turtles. Tunnels is another beach on the north shore that is great for snorkeling. The ocean is a rainbow of colors and truly amazing. Make sure you bring your waterproof camera. 

The east shore also has some great beaches for snorkeling, as long as the seas are calm. Lydgate State Park is one of the best snorkeling parks on the island. The beach features bolder protected pools that allow for relatively calm water perfect for snorkelingNukoli’i Beach Park can also be a good place for snorkeling, but only when the waters are calm. 

On the south shore of Kauai Po’ipu Beach Park is a great place for snorkeling, especially when the north shore is swelling with waves, Po’ipu is calm like a swimming pool. Kiahuna Beach, which is right in front of the Sheraton Hotel, is one of the most user-friendly beaches on the island and is nice for snorkelingLawa’i Beach is calm and good place for beginner snorkelers, except when the tide is high.

 

The seas on the west side of Kauai are a little less predictable and there are few protected swimming areas, and therefore know known safe snorkeling beaches. 

If you want to swim with the fishes, get your mask, snorkel and fins, and get in the water. Kauai has some of the most beautiful fish in the entire world. This guide to snorkeling on Kauai will help get you started. 

In conclusion, snorkeling is a fun sport that can be enjoyed by one and all and is one that every swimmer in existence has tried it out atleast once in his/her lifetime because they all have found it to be far more adventurous than scuba diving, which can be considered its parent organization and what better place than Kauai to unleash the swimmer inside you. So grab onto some of the best full-face snorkeling masks and take the plunge into the deep waters of the sea. 

I recently traveled on the airline Aero Mexico and it’s definitely different then the traditional Delta flight. I’ve been on different airlines before but usually stick to flying via Delta or it’s partnering airlines. You also get the option of opting for charter flights as you book your flight with Delta or it’s partnering airlines which is why you can choose a much comfortable seat and travel if you have the budget. 

On my Aero Mexico flight I was first greeted by a stand of free newspapers and magazines before boarding. I took the compliment copy of the world newspaper. As I got on I was greeted by a flight attendant. When I sat down I saw the seats were provided with blankets and pillows that were sealed in plastic cases. My flight was about 3 hours and I hadn’t sleep in over 24 hours. After we took offer, we were offered an enchilada meal.

I at first passed on this and decided to try and sleep. Afterwards I got up and asked one of the flight attendants if they had any more meals left. Instead of becoming annoyed at the situation, they politely got me a meal and I went back to my seat. I was surprised because it offered an enchilada dish with a dinner roll, fruit cup and muffin. And to drink a full size Coca Cola. After I finished eating, I laid back down and fell asleep again. The attendant had taken my tray away as I was sleeping without disturbing me.

Later a complimentary bar was given. I couldn’t believe this. I was in coach and the bar was offered to everyone. And I was surprised that they had brand names such as Bacardi rum. I passed because I was on cold medicine. As the flight continued, we had a movie where the screens automatically came down for each row of seats.. Attendants passed out headphones sealed in plastic bags. Overall I was pleased with Aero Mexico. The service was pleasant and the experience was a nice, relaxing flight.

On my journey to my final destination, I had to take a Delta flight. There was a difference in service. We had to wait three hours in the airport because Delta didn’t know where the captain was for our flight. When we finally did board, our flight attendant didn’t know where we were going at first. She came around and offered cups of juice, soda or bottled water. The bottled water was a tiny 8 oz fl of Dasani. If you chose a soda, you were only given the glass and not the whole can. We were given snack options of cookies or crackers.

I understand this flight was a shorter one but not even giving the full soda can seemed cheap. Even on long flights via Delta I haven’t had a in flight movie. If I had to choose between Delta or Aero Mexico, I’d go with Aero Mexico any day. Even in coach, you’ll feel like you’re flying in first class.

 

If you are not a premeire status flyer, who is allowed additional luggage or unlimited suitcase weight, you may have to be more efficient when packing for a business trip or vacation. Here are some tips to keep your luggage under fifty pounds so you avoid extra baggage fees.

Wear It Instead of Packing It

  1. Shoes can take up a lot of room and can be heavy so wear your heaviest comfortable pair to the airport. Also, try to limit yourself to no more than two pairs.
  2. Wear layers on the plane. Sometimes the airplane is cool so if you are bringing only one jacket or sweater, carry it on the plane. You may be surprised to find you need it and you will avoid adding its bulky weight to your luggage.

Avoid Packing

  1. Do not pack a hair dryer because hotels will furnish one and they take up a lot of room. If you will be a house guest, ask your host if you can borrow a dryer.
  2. Limit your toiletries to the minimum. Most hotels offer lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and soap so do not pack them. Purchase a travel size deodorant and keep make-up to a minimum.
  3. Omit hardcover books. Pack paperbacks, use a kindle, or plan on borrowing books from a hotel library. Ask the resort in advance and you may be surprised that many hotels and resorts have libraries that are complimentary to guests.

Must Have Items and Packing Suggestions

  1. Pack clothes in one color scheme so that they are easy to mix and match. This will help limit the shoes you need as well.
  2. Bring packets of laundry detergent so you can hand wash a few items if needed. This will also save money on a cruise or resort where laundry is expensive.
  3. Pack a large scarf or shawl because it can change an outfit by being worn many ways. Try it as a sarong with a bathing suit, roll it thin to double as a belt, or use it as a shawl at night.
  4. Pack multi-use clothing such as a cover-up that can double as a robe, a reversible belt, or a tube dress that can be worn as a skirt. Business travelers can limit their suits, but bring ties and shirts to change their outftits..

Your Luggage and Hangers

  1. Pack a soft suitcase because it is likely to weigh less and will have more give to fit in a few extra items.
  2. If you are checking in a hanging bag, use wire hangers, which are lighter than wooden or plastic ones.

Other Ideas

  1. After you lay out everything you want to bring, select two items you can live without and leave them at home.
  2. Check the weather in advance so you can pack efficiently without having to throw in clothes for every climate possibility.
  3. Leave room in your carry-on bag just in case you need to remove an item or two when you get to the airport. However, it it is best to weigh your luggage before you leave your house.

The above points are quite useful for getting your luggage on a good bargain but it entirely depends on your bargaining skills and your convincing power of persuasion that counts, for which you need to be aware of current prices of any commodity. Luggage is naturally for traveling purposes and storing your personal items but better keep a reisisemu kohver to be on the safer side.