Tour companies in Kona try to curb use of full-face snorkel mask

  • 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. (PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA / Star Advertiser)
  • The Body Glove morning snorkel tour returns to Kailua Pier. Body Glove Hawaii makes customers who want to use full-face snorkel masks on their trip sign a waiver. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Fair Wind II launches from Keauhou Bay. Fair Wind Cruises are one of the boat tour companies on Hawaii Island that have banned their customers from using full-face snorkel masks. (West Hawaii Today/File Photo)

KAILUA-KONA — As concerns rise about the safety of full-face snorkel masks, more and more Hawaii Island tour companies are following the example of their island neighbors by banning the use of the masks on their boats.