My husband and I will be on the Big Island for a 7 day vacation on Feb 19th. I have read so much about the fabulous snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument. I also have read that one way to do go is to rent a kayak (saw KonaBoys site) and going out to Captain Cook ourselves. We like this idea because we really do not like snorkel boat tours.
We are advanced snorkelers; have all our own equipment; and know how to handle a kayak.
CAN we enter and kayak there? I've recently read that there is a movement to stop kayakers from going in at the site to protect it and I want to respect that.
Is Captain Cook so worth going to that we should take a snorkel tour? What company would you recommend that is eco-responsible and isn't just a commercial, 45-minute drinking cruise?
Are there other sites we could kayak to for snorkeling? I have the "Hawaii Snorkeling" book, but it really does not talk about kayaking. We are staying at the Hilton Waikiloa and will have a rental car (not 4-wheel drive).
Do we need rubber-soled boots for our feet (dive boots that we can wear inside our fins - we only have soft boots) because of the lava rock? We have only snorkeled off sand and dealt with the coral rock in Bonaire, where we found sand channels.
Thank you for your help. We are so excited about our trip and looking forward to seeing and experiencing Hawaii for the first time.