Friday, October 31, 2014

Snorkeling Kauai

Snorkeling Kauai

Probably my favorite thing to do on vacation is snorkel---or is it photography?!  I guess it would have to be underwater photography!  As of 2015, we've made 13 trips to Kauai, all during the winter.  I read a lot of comments saying that snorkeling on Kauai isn't very good.  I'm here to offer a different opinion.  I love snorkeling Kauai----and Maui, and the Big Island, and St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitt's and lots of other places.  But since we always get drawn back to Kauai, I decided to make a blog of our snorkeling on Kauai.  I figure I'll start at the westernmost area we snorkeled: Saltpond;  and travel to the south side: Lawai; Poipu; and Maha'ulepu Beach--- then to the East side:  Lydgate and Moloaa; Anahola--- and last but certainly not least, to the North shore:   Anini; Tunnels and Kee.   They each have their own unique character to them.

On the South side:



Poipu Beach:

Maha'ulepu Beach:

On to the East side:

Lydgate Park:



On the North side:





So whether it's raining on the north shore, or windy in Poipu, or beach closed due to shark sighting at Tunnels, or whatever, there are plenty of other great places to find to snorkel at around Kauai.  Check the surf reports and go where the surfers don't. 


  1. Thank you for sharing and putting so much work into this. I found it very useful and informative.

  2. Thank you for the great story line in snorkeling Kauai.
    I usually snorkel Anini on the other side of the boat ramp just because there are so many turtles there. I now have to try the right side.
    I have never tried Tunnels, where do you park and actually enter from?

    1. We've pretty much lucked out when we've gone to Tunnels and have been able to park on the dirt road near where everyone snorkels. There aren't as many good days in the winter, so I think a lot of people don't bother or know to check the surf reports and know when it should be good.