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Snorkelling and Scuba on Kauai
While flourishing gardens and rainforests get most of the attention on Kauai, the island offers a wide range of snorkelling and scuba spots to explore under the sea.
On the North Shore, fantastic shoreline snorkelling beaches include the reefs off Kee Beach and Haena Beach Park. Anini Beach offers a lagoon great for beginning snorkellers. Makua, or “Tunnels”, Beach in Haena also has a wide reef area that’s a treat to the senses. On the East Side, Lydgate Beach Park offers a protected snorkelling lagoon great for keiki (children) snorkellers. While on the South Shore, Poipu Beach State Park offers protected areas for snorkellers. Be sure to check ocean conditions and currents prior to going out, especially during the big north shore swells of the winter.
Kauai also offers a variety of scuba dive sites for beginners and experienced divers. Boat dives, night dives and other dive tours offer plenty of tropical fish, reef creatures, dolphins and honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) to discover. Experienced divers will generally find more thrilling spots on the east and west shores, while those new to scuba should start on the north or south shores (Hanalei, Kee Beach, or Poipu Beach). More advanced dives include cave exploration and lava tubes.
You can rent all the dive gear and equipment on Kauai, as well as get your certification on the island, but bring your medical paperwork with you if you choose to get certified. Also, keep in mind that if you drive to Waimea Canyon or Kokee State Park, or want to take a helicopter excursion, you need to wait 24-hours after ping due to altitude change. As amazing as this island is on land, you’ll discover even more incredible sights in the waters of Kauai.