A wetsuit? For snorkeling? Yes, because I am allergic to sunscreens and cool temps. A skin could work for sun protection but, warm as Hawaii is, the ocean can surprise you with a chilly spot even on the hottest of days. Neoprene handles both problems.
|Snorkeling in Roatan, Honduras.|
|The reason why I snorkel.|
To illustrate the dangers involved, here's a section called Space Rock. http://www.hawaii-guide.com/kauai/hiking_trails/kalalau-trail
Yeah, definitely not something to try alone. Or maybe not even without the Hawaiian equivalent of several sherpas.
So, rest easy, I am in no danger of being swept away by a flash flood or plummeting hundreds of feet into a gorge from a slip on a muddy, ten inch wide path.
Besides hiking - somewhere else - I'll likely be taking a ride on a helicopter. It's going to put a dent in my budget, but my cousin, Roseanne, told me I'd regret it to my grave if I didn't do it. Her family went up when they were in Hawaii; she stayed behind. And it is upon her own regrets that she projected mine. I'm taking her advice.
Based on my own prior experiences in Hawaii, I know that my budget is in as much danger from eating as it will be from flying a helicopter. Food is expensive in Hawaii. My luggage includes five vacuum packages of tuna, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jam, and two boxes of organic mac and cheese dinner.
I think I've got it covered.