Tour operators start ban on full-face snorkel masks

Lifeguards and attendees offer a hands on demonstration of how the different types of snorkel masks work, including the increasingly popular full face ones that some say are a problem. It’s all part of a snorkeling safety workshop exploring why snorkeling is the No. 1 cause of drownings among visitors in the state. It was held in the Rainbow Suite in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This is Laola Aea trying on the full face snorkel as Mollie Foti looks on (Mollie's husband Dr. Philip Foti was one of the speakers at the workshop), Laola said the mask was uncomfortable and too confining and that she preferred the regular snorkel mask. (PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA / Star Advertiser)
David Carrillo, left, looks at granddaughter, Emma Munoz, 11, far left, who floats over to her father, Guillermo Munoz, standing with his mother-in-law, Charlene, in the shallows at Hanauma Bay, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. David and Guillermo hold one of the newer full face snorkel mask, while Charlene checks the fit of her full face snorkel mask. (PHOTO BY BRUCE ASATO /

HONOLULU —The Pride of Maui, a company that offers snorkel tours and cruises, has recently announced it will no longer allow the use of full-face snorkel masks on its catamarans due to safety concerns.