Where Do I Put My Keys When Snorkeling?

by Sara
(Portland, OR)

Where do I put my keys and other valuables when I am snorkeling? I'll be on Oahu and you mentioned that there are some not so safe areas/beaches. Hanauma Bay has lockers, which I'll rent, but what about where there aren't any lockers provided? Is it safe to lock things in my trunk or glove compartment?


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May 11, 2011
Take your valuables with you snorkeling
by: Galen & Nicole

Hi Sara. It is a good question, and one we have dealt with ourselves on every snorkeling trip.

First, no, putting your car keys, wallet, and other valuables in your glove box or trunk is not a good idea. It is the first place someone would look for valuables.

We take our valuables with us on the water in a waterproof box. In fact we did that today on the Big Island. Our box is big enough to put in our cell phone, room and car keys, and small wallets. Check out this page where we describe what we do and what products are available.

Another alternative is to hide the keys on shore somewhere, so long as you are sure no one is watching. Just be sure you remember where you hid them!

Have fun!

Feb 03, 2013
Where I place my valuables
by: Al

This was great question. One which I asked myself one day as I got to my favorite snorkel spot in Aruba.

When I go snorkeling, the only thing I take valuable is my camera, my gear, my car keys, driver's license and a few bucks in case I want to get a drink or something.

Of course, I have my gear on, camera attached to my hand, etc. I place my driver's license and money in a small zip lock FREEZER bag that I brought with me from home and put in a pocket of my swim suit or if my swim suit doesn't have a pocket, I put it down the front of my suit.

That leaves my car keys. Since I most likely will have a rental car, I will only have ONE key. IF the key does NOT have an electric opening key fob I place it in the freezer bag as well. But if I have an electric key fob I will very discretely hide the key in the sand and place a distinguishing rock over my "buried treasure". So far this has worked very well for me in the past...

Hope this helps.

May 16, 2013
Get an Otterbox!
by: Kathye

We took Galen and Nicole's advice (and Amazon link) and purchased an Otterbox before our recent Big Island visit. It was a lifesaver and kept our car keys and cellphone safe and dry while snorkeling for a week. Although it's sometimes hard to get into with wet hands - there's a reason why the tightly fitting top is waterproof - it worked like a charm and kept us from worrying about our valuables lying on the beach while we were in the water.

Oct 27, 2013
Keeping keys safe
by: Geekgirl

We also use an Otterbox for our keys, etc. while snorkeling and it works great. I used to just put my hand through the strap and it would be looped around my arm, but on our most recent trip I used a carabiner to connect it to the webbing used for the belt on my board shorts. Then it just floated behind me, often resting on my lower back and did not get in the way when I needed to use my hands for something.

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