Episode 6: Adventures in Snorkeling

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The CDC quietly dropped its recommendation for Americans to quarantine for 14 days after returning from abroad. What does that mean? Honestly, not much. You’re more likely to contract the virus in the U.S. than most countries anyway. Also, Tippe shares more information about the measures the Hawaiian government is taking to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and also why you hold off on taking a trip there.

Travel Tales: Swimming with sharks and jellyfish 

Tippe and Ben share their favorite snorkeling experiences. Ben forced himself to face his fear of swimming with sharks in The Bahamas, and it wasn’t an entirely positive experience. His second time snorkeling at Molokini Crater, though, was nothing but beautiful.

Meanwhile, Tippe grew up in Hawaii, so it takes a lot to impress her when it comes to ocean adventures. That happened when she took the chance to snorkel in Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk island in Palau. 

Travel Tips: How to maximize your snorkel experience

If you’re thinking of snorkeling on your next trip, Ben’s advice is to pay a tour operator to ensure you get to experience the best spots. Make sure you do your research, though, because the price and value can vary. Also, consider bringing your own gear and buy some reef-friendly sunscreen. 

Snorkeling isn’t one of those experiences you want to try to book at the last minute. Tippe learned that in Palau when slept in and missed out on the main activities the country is known for. Tour operators can book up fast, and in remote areas, it can be difficult to get the transportation and resources you need unless you plan ahead.

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