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Hawaii in Jan ?

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I have been to Hawaii in Aug and Sept. We love to snorkle and scuba. Is this going to happen at the end of Jan and beginning of Feb? I need to know if it is going to be worth bringing snorkel stuff now that I have to pay for luggage. We will be at Maui for sure. Other weeks are not finalized yet . :ponder:
 

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In the winter, the air and water temps in Hawaii are an average of 7 degrees cooler than in the hottest part of the summer. You can certainly swim and snorkel - you may want a short wetsuit for the cooler temps.

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Oh I was told the waves would be to high and it was to dangerous. Your making me very happy. Where can I get this wet suit?:clap:
 

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Oh I was told the waves would be to high and it was to dangerous. Your making me very happy. Where can I get this wet suit?:clap:

There is one more factor and that is that winter is the rainy season & winter storms - on some days, in some locations, the ocean will be too rough during the winter.

You can buy a shortie anywhere in Hawaii that carries sporting goods - like Wal-Mart.

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Thanks Denise it sounds like maybe I can get some snorkel time in. :D
 

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I bought a shortie top & shorts online from wet suit warehouse. I wasn't going to take it, but I have never been in December. We go the first to the 15. Big Island & Maui. I looked at the graph. Is that about 77 in December? I should be OK if it's that warm.
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Aloha,
We have been in Kauai in December and January for multiple weeks for many years now. We always bring our snorkel gear. Most years we get to use it. Some years we don't. Reasons that prevent snorkeling include high waves, but impaired visibility is the primary culprit. For instance, on Kauai, Anini Beach is so shallow for hundreds of yards out from shore that the water is calm enough to go into even when 30 foot waves can be seen in the distance. However, the visibility can be so bad that it is not worth snorkeling.
Last year, the rains were so intense and the erosion / run off so thick that it was pointless to go snorkeling most of the time we were there unless all you wanted was the exercise. During our three week stay we were able to get one day in at Anini where my adult daughter and I seem to have a competition of who can encounter more turtles (she usually wins), one short day in front of Lawaii Beach Resort (marginally ok visibility but got out when the shark arrived), and one short immersion in a spot not recommended without all sorts of preparation: Ahukini Landing. In all cases, visibility was impaired.
A shorty is highly recommended but I did make do with a neoprene vest for several years.
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We usually go in February and I've never needed a wet suit for snorkeling. The big waves are almost always on the north side of the islands, so we've never had a problem with high waves on the south or west. If the water has been to choppy we've always be able to find a site nearby that was smooth and clear. I pack my own mask and snorkel, but rent fins to conserve luggage space.
 

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It depends on what you are used to, but my husband, 2 daughters (now 11 and 13) and I do a lot of snorkeling in Dec/Jan - usually South side of Kauai, and we just wear our swimsuits. Occasionally we'll wear rash guards (a short or long sleeve "shirt" you wear over your swimsuit) to keep our shoulders/backs from getting too much sun while in the water - also provides a tad more warmth.

Granted, occasionally it's a bit chilly, but far less so than many lakes in Northern states in the summer :).

Still, a shorty could allow you to stay in the water far longer...

Regardless, I think you'll find snorkel availability somewhere much of the time if you're on Kauai, though the South shore is usually much more reliable than the North shore. Don't know about Maui in winter :).
 

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Ok cool :whoopie: we already have long sleeve and short sleeve rash guards and I guess if we need them we can just get them there. Does anybody know, Are they reasonably priced at Walmart?
 

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Scrapngen....Are you by any chance a scrapbooker?:)

Oh, yeah!! One of those who has WAAYYY more pictures than pages ;)
I've been a consultant for 5 yrs, but recently let it drop as I was finally my best customer and my life was too busy to run clubs or have scrapbook nights at my house. I also love to make cards.

Still, I teach at a girl scout camp every summer for a couple days...
 

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Oh, yeah!! One of those who has WAAYYY more pictures than pages ;)
I've been a consultant for 5 yrs, but recently let it drop as I was finally my best customer and my life was too busy to run clubs or have scrapbook nights at my house. I also love to make cards.

Still, I teach at a girl scout camp every summer for a couple days...

Wow we have alot in common.

1 We love Hawaii
2 We like to snorkel
3 I was a CM consultant and Cricut Demo @ Michaels
4 I was a Girl Scout leader till this year
5 I too have more pictures that pages....:rofl:
 

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too bad we'll miss each other by a couple weeks on our next HI visit. We'll be on Kauai late Dec. until Jan 7th - then must head home :( I think you'll get there end of Jan?
 

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We routinely go to Maui for Pres week in Feb and we've never felt the water temps were too cold to snorkel in just our swim suits.

I do recall being on Kauai around that time and feeling differently because it seemed to be just a few degrees cooler air and water temps wise.
 
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