Security & Privacy Policy

Hawaii Snorkeling Guide

Security & Privacy Policy


You and your information are secure while shopping online. Our secure server software is among the best available today for safe commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name and address so that unauthorized persons cannot access it over the Internet.

All personal information you provide to Global Approach LLC is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us.

When entering the checkout process, your connection to our server becomes secure. To confirm this, look at the bottom of your browser window when in the final stages of checkout. If you see an unbroken key or a closed lock (depending upon your browser) you can be sure that your information is secure.

You can also ensure security by checking the URL line of your browser. When you enter the secure area of our site, the first characters of the site address will change from "http" to "https".


In several areas of our site, we ask you to provide information by filling out and submitting an online form. These areas include...

1) Checkout, where we ask for name, address, e-mail, credit card and other information needed to complete your order;

2) Other forms, where we ask for your e-mail address and other information as needed.


"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive.† There are many myths circulating about cookies, but you should know that cookies are only read by the server that placed them, and are unable to do such things as run programs on your computer, plant viruses or harvest your personal information.† The use of cookies is very common on the Internet and in use by most reputable online ecommerce companies.

Cookies allow us to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience at our site.† Our cookies enable us to provide features such as welcoming you back to our site and storing items in your shopping cart between visits.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. By changing the options on your web browser or using certain software programs, you can control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. Global Approach LLC supports and encourages your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous websites. However, blocking Global Approach LLC cookies may disable certain features on our site and may make it impossible to purchase or use certain services. Please note that it is possible to block cookie activity from certain web sites while permitting cookies from sites you trust, like The Snorkeling Hawaii Insiderís Guide.


The information collected is used to complete your order, improve this Web site, to mail out opt-in e-zines, and for special notices to customers who purchase from us.

When you reserve or purchase tour services or products through Global Approach LLC, we must obviously provide certain personal information to the involved third party to enable the successful fulfillment of your arrangements.

We also automatically log generic information about your computer's connection to the Internet consisting of things such as IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and the activities conducted by the user while on our site.† This non-personally identifiable information helps us build higher quality, more useful online services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our customers and visitors, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of our site. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems.† We may provide anonymous statistical information based on this data to suppliers, advertisers, affiliates and other current and potential business partners. We may also use such aggregate data to inform these third parties as to the number of people who have seen and clicked on links to their web sites.


An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of the site the user wishes to view.

Global Approach LLC records IP addresses as a demographic part of our aggregate statistics.† But we do not link this to your shopper information with the following exception: when you place an order using our online checkout process, we may correlate your IP address with your order in cases of fraudulent credit card use. In the case of a suspected fraudulent order, we may share this with the financial institution that issued the credit card with which an order was placed. We may also share this IP information with law enforcement authorities, if we determine use of the credit card was fraudulent. We also use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server computers, and to administer our Web site and your shopping cart.


Global Approach LLC wants to communicate with you only if you want to hear from us. If you prefer not to receive information from us, either through e-mail, postal mail or by phone, please let us know by completing our Contact Form.

By purchasing online, you may receive periodic emailings from us with information on new products and services or upcoming events. Again, you can unsubscribe from these at any time.

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