Some of the best diving and snorkeling sites on Kauai are replete with unforgettable,
picturesque underwater backdrops teeming with a wealth of brightly colored fish,
ocean plants and curious sea creatures. The numerous coral reefs found flanking
the most beautiful Kauai
beaches are some of the most unique in the world and offer an unforgettable
experience for Kauai diving and snorkeling
trips. The best Kauai dives sites provide an experience for both the expert
and novice diver with professional instruction offered.
Several protected lagoons and bays around the island
provide incredible conditions for Kauai snorkeling. Kauai
is literally millions of years older then the rest of
the Hawaiian island chain including Maui, Oahu and Big
Island providing some of the most varied experiences.
Kauai snorkeling is perfect for those who aren't
expert swimmers or for people who aren't fond of
complete submersion. Poipu Beach is an incredible location for Kauai snorkeling and is
one of the safest island beaches. The clear azure waters
of Poipu are popular with families and a great spot for
little ones to play in the shallow surf. If you're
snorkeling at Poipu Beach head to the farthest side on
the right, west of sand split.
Excellent Kauai snorkeling can also be enjoyed at Tunnels
Beach. The shallow reef is infused with deep, cavernous
ravines and encompasses a vast maze of underwater passages
that join the bordering reef. The ocean terrain of Tunnels
Beach makes exploring truly exciting and accommodates
a wide variety of marine life. Ke'e Beach near the Napali Coast is
another terrific location for Kauai snorkeling where you're
sure to spot a number of sea critters.
The summer months are the most ideal and feature the
best conditions for ocean adventure. The turquoise lagoon
glistens like a rare jewel and the surrounding natural
beauty and towering bluffs provide a backdrop like no
other. Ke'e Beach is also home to a diverse population
of fish, and Pacific green turtles often gather on the
edge of the lagoon passed the reef inshore. Another of
the things to do at Ke'e includes a scenic hike
along the Kalalau Trail.
For those interested in Kauai scuba diving you'll
be met with some of the most ideal diving conditions in
the world. There are plenty of Kauai
tours that visit the best Kauai dive sites around
the island leaving you more time for Kauai diving and
less time hunting for the honey holes. The healthiest
coral reefs are found around the remote island of Ni'ihau.
Kauai scuba diving around Ni'ihau showcase some of the
most diverse marine animals around. Don't be surprised
if you see blacktip reef sharks, moray eels, a myriad
of fish and the occasional octopus.
Kauai dive sites are best accessed in the summer months as the winter conditions, with large, strong swells, make diving too difficult. Kauai scuba diving opportunities are most abundant along the south shore. The north and east shores also present ample Kauai dive sites to enjoy while the western shore isn't as popular due to strong trade winds which make accessing sites difficult. The majority of the best sites are accessed by boat so arranging a tour will offer the best Kauai dive sites to consider.
For first-time divers Kauai tours are a great way to make your first attempt. Professionals will be with you every step of the way as you take your introductory dives and work toward your certification. You'll need diving certification to take any diving tours. Once you've gained enough experience you'll be whisked away to some of the most beautiful Kauai dive sites to experience your first open water diving.
There are limited shore dives to check out in Kauai. Three of the most popular
include the reefs off Tunnels Beach, Koloa Landing on the south side and Ahukini
near Lihue. Experienced divers
can go it alone yet it's recommended to dive with an instructor. Diving tours
can be found all over the island. If you're searching for the perfect dive journey
online, make sure to read reviews of the tours and be sure there are certified
instructors on board. Any Kauai
resorts or hotels you're staying at will also be able to recommend credible
tours. Whether you chose Kauai diving or snorkeling you'll get a show fit for
a king. The incredible diversity blended with fantastic conditions and great
accessibility makes Kauai scuba diving and snorkeling some of the best in the