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Kauai is the least developed of all the Hawaiian Islands, making for lush untouched scenery, pristine secluded beaches, and lots of snorkelling amongst diverse sea life. If you’re after untouched beauty and less crowds, here are the best spots to snorkel in Kauai.
Fish in Kauai:
Corals in Kauai:
Where: North Shore
Details: This beach sits at the start of the Kalalau trail and has a beautiful barrier reef that’s brimming with sea life, from turtles to sharks and papillons. Kids can play in the shallow waters of the lagoon, and you can also snorkel to the outer reefs and enjoy the show of sea and coral life along the way.
Where: Na Pali Coast
Details: If you’re looking for a private snorkel with nature, this is it. It’ll be just you, crystal clear waters, and lots and lots of fish and corals to explore. The reef is huge and there’s plenty to look at here, so give yourself lots of time to hang out. There’s also a nearby archaeological site and you can even find petroglyphs in the area.
Details: Kauai’s standout star, this famous spot is also known as Makua Beach and offers some of the best snorkelling in Kauai. The reef here is so expansive and filled with colourful coral life and schools of boxfish, damselfish, groupers, unicorn-fish, wrasse, and more. There are two places you can snorkel from, one goes along the shore and is better for beginners. Here you’ll find parrotfish, hawkfish, and maybe even Hawaiian Monk Seals. The other reef is a horseshoe and a bit further from shore, better for intermediate swimmers with all the same scenery.
Loved the complete set. I even used the waterproof phone pouch to take photos and videos underwater. It made my Fiji experience so much better than using the free snorkel set that hurt your face after 2hours and leaving a sun/mask mark. The ninja leaves no marks and gives great vision under water in comparison. It did take some getting used to but it definitely paid off! Only frustration is that the tightening straps are quite basic; they should be much simpler to loosen and tighten both in and out of water.” – Jock