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Snuba, the marriage of scuba and snorkeling, gives the nondiving set their first glimpse into the freedom of scuba. Snuba utilizes a raft with a standard airtank on it and a 20-foot air hose that hooks up to a regulator. Once attached to the hose, you can swim, unfettered by heavy tanks and weights, up to 15 feet down to chase fish and examine reef for as long as you fancy. If you ever get scared or need a rest, the raft is right there, ready to support you. Kids eight years and older can use the equipment. It can be pricey, but, then again, how much is it worth to be able to sit face to face with a 6-foot-long sea turtle and not have to rush to the surface to get another breath?
Hawaii Nautical. Not confident enough for scuba diving? Add snuba—a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving—to any snorkel or dive tour with Hawaii Nautical for an additional $59. No certification is required. Kewalo Basin Harbor, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI, 96814. PHONE: 808/234-7245. www.hawaiinautical.com.