Snorkeling the reefs of Kauai is one of the most popular activities enjoyed around the waters of the island. Kauai Sea Tours has outlined a brief overview on what to look for and what to be aware of while snorkeling on Kauai. Kauai’s underwater beauty is in many ways a match to the exquisite natural beauty one finds above water with the many fern covered hills, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls. Kauai’s underwater paradise is filled with a rainbow of colorful reef fish, coral, and sea life. Snorkeling in the clear waters of Kauai is definitely an experience not to be missed.
Here are a few things to be aware of while planning your snorkeling adventure on Kauai. The first is finding a good location. In the winter time it is best to go out on the south shore of the island; Poipu has a few good spots to snorkel for this time of year. In the summer months Kauai’s Northern shores offer some good snorkeling locations. One popular snorkeling location on the north shore of Kauai is Tunnels reef. With this said it is very important that you assess the conditions before you go out regardless of the time of year. Ocean conditions can change quickly in the waters around Kauai and if there is any surf at all it is advisable to stay out of the water.
The safest and easiest way to have an outstanding snorkeling adventure on Kauai is to take a snorkel tour with Kauai Sea Tours (and we’re not just saying that to self promote). What you get when you go on a snorkel tour with Kauai Sea Tours that you can’t get on your own is A) local knowledge of ocean conditions and sea life so you can make the most out of your time in the water B) an experienced crew who is only going to take you to safe and usually secluded snorkeling locations & C) all the snorkeling gear you need included in the tour.
Some of the exciting things you may see while snorkeling Kauai is everything from reef fish to monk seals. The most common reef fish you are likely to see along Kauai’s reefs are the Yellow Tang. They tend to populate the shallow waters in groups. They are identified by their distinct yellow and black striped markings. Also fairly common Kauai reef fish are Angel Fish, Needle Fish, and Damsel Fish – there is of course many many more. When snorkeling along shallow reefs be sure not to step on the reef or touch it as it will damage the fragile ecosystem.
One of the most popular sightings when snorkeling the reefs of Kauai are the Hawaiian Sea Turtle. Hawaiian Sea Turtles were once endangered but have now come back and are thriving. These great animals will charm you with their slow and deliberate movements along the reef as they look for a bite of seaweed here and there. Although it is pretty easy to swim along side the Hawaiian Sea Turtles while you’re snorkeling it’s important to remember that they are still under protection and it is forbidden to touch them. Another exciting underwater animal you may see while snorkeling Kauai is the Hawaiian Monk Seal. You are less likely to see one of these interesting creatures because they are fairly shy and reclusive. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon to see them from time to time. If you do encounter a Hawaiian Monk Seal it is best to keep your distance because they can be aggressive if you get too close.
These are only some of the sea-life you are likely to encounter on your snorkel adventure but there are a number of others such as rare fish, dolphins and more. The main thing is to be safe, enjoy the perfect water temperature and enjoy the moment. You never know what underwater marvel you may see while snorkeling Kauai, so keep your eyes open and follow our recommended guidelines and enjoy yourself.