The Best Snorkeling in Kauai

The Best Snorkeling in Kauai
One of the wettest places on earth, Kauai offers visitors more than an umbrella and galoshes to traipse through the puddles. Home to the massive Waimea Canyon, sacred native sites, the Wailua River, miles of horseback riding trails and lush tropical beaches, Kauai has much to choose from. Snorkelers in particular are often spoiled after a trip to Kauai's rich dive sites.

Tunnels Beach

Also known as Makua Beach, this site was a set location for the film "South Pacific." Ideal for both experienced and beginning snorkelers, Tunnels Beach consists of both a shallow inner and deeper outer reef. Experienced types can head out to the outer reef. When the water is calm, Makua offers rewarding visibility and a huge population of sea creatures. This is also a favorite scuba diving spot, and snorkelers can expect to glide above a few divers down deep along the caverns. And white tip sharks are sometimes spotted here. Haena Beach Park, just west of the beach, offers showers and bathrooms. If tranquility is part of the plan, Tunnels Beach is rarely crowded.

Department of Parks and Recreation
Tunnels Beach
4444 Rice St.
Moikeha Building, Suite 105
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 241-4460
kauai.gov/

Anini Beach

Head to Anini Beach if you are snorkeling for the first time. Located along the north coast of the island, Anini Beach sits along one of the largest reefs in the state and is noted for its numerous shallow areas as well as water temperature akin to your bathtub. This spot is generally accessed right from the shore and is best when the tide is in. Snorkeling here is ideal for beginners--the outer reef protects the shore except during the largest surf. Marine life is considerable, especially close to the reef. Afterward, head to the fish taco stand near the entrance to the parking lot--a local favorite.

Department of Parks and Recreation
Anini Beach Park
4444 Rice St.
Moikeha Building, Suite 105
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 241-4460
kauai.gov/

Snorkeling Tour

Book a snorkeling tour for a more in depth understanding of the area. For those looking for something extra, a seven-hour snorkeling tour on-board the Holo Holo is in order. The largest vessel in Kauai, the Holo Holo is a 65-foot catamaran that visits the Na Pali coast regularly to bring water-lovers to sights that include goat, cornet and squirrel fish, green sea turtles and, if you're lucky, spinner dolphins. The vessel is also equipped with two rigged nets that allow guests to view the marine life below when not diving. Breakfast and lunch are included as well as educational talks on the geography, history and Native American population. Book a spot in advance--this tour is popular.

Holo Holo Charters
4353 Waialo Road Suite 5A
Eleele, Hawaii 96705
(800) 848-6130
holoholokauaiboattours.com/index.html

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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