With so many great destinations available in the Caribbean, you may have a hard time deciding exactly where to go. Islands like Anguilla, St Barts, the BVI and the US Virgin Islands offer a diverse choice of accommodations, activities and restaurants. You can get your scuba diving certification, go hiking to scenic waterfalls and book massages. There is great choice of small intimate hotels with an emphasis on personal service, and larger resorts offering water slides, pools and kids’ clubs. Among the top all-inclusive options in the Caribbean are Bolongo Bay which offers live entertainment, Couples Swept Away for honeymooners and Jumby Bay where you can an amazing variety of sea life.
The experience of witnessing the parade of big marine life finning along the edge of a reef wall tends to be limited to certified scuba divers. Off the island of Little Cayman, the Bloody Bay Wall starts at a snorkeler-friendly depth of 18 feet, then plummets like the side of a skyscraper to 6,000 feet. Even at 18 feet, you’ll encounter eagle rays, sea turtles and Nassau grouper, a 17-inch species beloved by dive guides for its Labrador-Retriever-like personality.
The Island of Jamaica in the West Indies is the ultimate vacation destination for the package tourist. But head out from behind the gates and you will discover a country filled with rich culture, fun activities and friendly and inviting people. And yes, the beaches are absolutely beautiful. Jamaica is so large, we captured many beautiful pictures of this tropical island. It was difficult to choose a favourite.
Among the stunning islands of Southern Thailand, Phuket is the largest, and arguably the most popular. Situated on the Andaman Sea, Phuket’s beaches are revered and numerous, including the crystal clear waters of Surin Beach, and the magical sunsets of LaemPhromthep Viewpoint nearLaem Singh Beach. On Phuket, Chinese influences are everywhere from restaurants to shrines. There is even an annual Chinese Vegetarian Festival. Visitors will be in awe of famous James Bond Island in PhangNga Bay, the vibrant Bangla Road nightlife, and the glittering pagodas of WatChalong temple. To understand the influence of China on the island, travelers will want to visit Phuket Thaihua Museum.
Make a splash with our swimwear selection! From summer days spent by the beach to tropical getaways in Ibiza, you should always have a cute swim suit on hand! It never hurts to have a few extra pairs on hand, too (just in case you feel like changing up your look!) The classic one piece is always a winner. It provides ample coverage and there’s no risk of exposed wardrobe mishap. Between all of the different cuts and styles, your one-piece swimsuit options are really endless. We love a striped, high-neck swimsuit. The classic pattern with a bold color feels so modern and fresh. It reminds us of vintage swim uniforms worn by the pool! There are also floral flounce swimsuits with a ruffle that extends across the chest and arms. The flounce style is perfect for photo ops and double as a one-piece too if you want to wear it away from the water! Just layer it underneath your shorts or trousers like a bodysuit and you’ve got a winning outfit! As surprising as it might sound, one-pieces can also be sexy too. Don’t believe us? See for yourself with our ladder cut out one piece swimsuit. It’s perfect for a subtle peekaboo effect without having to risk exposing too much. Watch out for those tan lines though! If a one-piece isn’t your style, shop our mix and match bikini separates. Choose from different cuts, patterns, colors, and more! We love a coordinating, matching set. Why not when two’s better than one, right? But we also love mix and match bikinis, too! Here’s a tip to make sure your swim look feels cohesive though: make sure both share a similar color palette. Say you choose a navy swim top with a red cherry print. For your bottoms, go for a red color to match the cherries! They’re not exact matches, but they’ll look great next to each other! Crochet bikinis are one of our top-selling styles. Consider it a modern revamp of your grandma’s old knitting techniques. It looks great in a fun, bright hue like coral. The bikini top can also be worn as a crop top or bralette! Layer it under an oversized jacket when you decide to get out of the water and onto the boardwalk. Pick your favorite swim top and swim bottom for the ultimate beachy look. Don’t forget to pick-up a cover up or a light jacket while you’re at it!
Being born and raised here in Hawaii, I have been blessed to swim, fish, and dive these waters all my life. As you plan your Hawaii vacation, I thought you’d like the real scoop about snorkeling in Hawaii from someone who lives and breathes it. I'll share with you the best Hawaii snorkeling information so you can make informed travel plans and experience the best Hawaii's ocean has to offer. Browse, enjoy, and I'll see you in the water!
It's hard not to pick Hanauma Bay for Oahu's best snorkel spot as it's filled with so much to see, including Reef triggerfish, known in Hawaiian as Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. This nature preserve, an ancient volcanic crater, used to be mobbed but now allows only a maximum of 3,000 visitors per day (and all must watch an informative introductory video at the Marine Education Center before hitting the sand and water). Note: The center is closed on Tuesdays, so adjust your itinerary accordingly.
In Hawaii, green sea turtles, known locally as honu, are revered, believed to be the embodiment of guardian spirits. They’re also thought to be good luck — funny because they’re found on every Kona beach. In the water, sightings of this reptile are super common in the town of Kailua-Kona at Kahaluu Beach Park, a tiny bay with minimal waves. Or try the site Two Step, a 30-minute drive south of town. Here, you’ll meet turtles, as well as schools of yellow tang, butterfly- and surgeonfish, plus seals and dolphins.
In snorkeling, the swimmers nose and mouth are submerged and covered by a mask. Breathing takes places through a mouthpiece connected to the L or J shaped tube that gets air from being above the water surface. If diving, the swimmer has to hold his breath, the tube is allowed to flood when underwater. The snorkeler expels water from the snorkel either with a sharp exhalation on return to the surface (blast clearing) or by tilting the head back shortly before reaching the surface and exhaling until reaching or "breaking" the surface (displacement method) and facing forward again before inhaling the next breath. The displacement method expels water by displacing its presence in the snorkel with air; it is a more advanced technique that takes practice but clears the snorkel with much greater efficiency.
Go ahead and suit yourself up for the summer of a lifetime. At Hollister, we’ve got all the hottest swimwear looks for summer. Seriously, from bikinis to monokinis, we have a swimsuit for every girl. From strappy off-the-shoulder swim tops to lace trim triangle tops, you’re hardest decision will be which suit to pick. So, go ahead, and snag a couple of pairs. That way you can mix and match depending on where ever the day or night takes you. Whether it’s a day spent splashing in the waves or a late night beach bonfire, you’ll be ready.