Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snike Hawaii

Another beautiful day in Hawaii and another big decision: Snorkel or take a hike? At last the right answer: Take a snike.

Much if not most of the coast in Hawaii is accessible on foot, whether paved resort paths or coastal trails, both of which are connected by runs of sand. Adventurers can walk for miles and pause to take a dip in any number of inviting ocean pools.

The flip flop (called slippers in Hawaii) is the shoe to wear, easy-on for paths, rocks, and trails, and then easy-off to walk sandy stretches barefooted. Look for the heavy duty flip flop with agressive sole and arch (Teva, Reef, and others. Stay away from walking in strap-on sandals in the surf, since sand gets caught in there and causes abrasions.)

Carrying the fins will be a hassle, so most sniking is done with just a mask. Not having fins greatly reduces swimming power and therefore safety, so keep your sniking dips closer to shore and in calmer waters. At some wild beaches, a hiking pole helps in steep sections that can be slick after rains.

Of course, wear your board shorts or swimsuit. Women can wear a version of the board short as well, or use some lightweight shorts to cover up (if desired) in the hike sections of the snike.

Bring a regular daypack with all the usuals, especially sunblock, water, and hat. You'll want a place to clip on the flip flops (called slippers in Hawaii) during the sandy stretches. (If you are caught on hot sand barefooted, use a foot to scoop away six or eight inches of sand to the cool sand below.)

If you get a cut or abrasion on the tootsie, use a bandage or tape right away so it doesn't get worse. Cuts are slow to heal in the tropics.

Look for tips on the best places to snike Hawaii in future blogs!