Cheers everyone! I'm headed to Hopkins August 1st - August 8 with my family, wife and a 6 & 8 year old. We are leaning towards renting a car and driving down from the airport, maybe stopping along the way for an attraction or two to break up the drive. We love watersports, the whole family knows how to kayak and snorkel, but we also love hiking, exploring and animals. We tent camp for fun so luxury is not a necessity.
We plan on a boating trip to the reef, but I was wondering if there are decent areas to snorkel right off land at or near Hopkins?
If there are rentals for kayaks or paddle boards?
Are gas stations easy to find, do they take credit cards?
I would welcome general advice or recommendations for the area.
Bonus questions for extra points: is there phone service (i have verizon international)? GPS (or should i print maps)? Should I pack a lot of bug spray? Weather to expect? Are there any cautions I should warn my kids about in the water when snorkeling (fire coral, jellyfish etc..) or land (fire ants, snakes)? Sorry about the question bomb, first time in the area.