The crystal clear ocean waters of Kauai create the perfect environment for snorkeling. The warm waters and thriving reef system make it a natural choice for snorkeling. One of the reasons the reef system is so spectacular is it has been developing for millions of years. It has become a habitat for hundreds of species of fish, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Plus, snorkel gear is available for rent at just about every hotel or oceanside attraction so it’s easy to grab a mask, snorkel and some fins and swim around the waters to explore the underwater world of Kauai.
Home to the longest reef on the island, Anini Beach is located on Kauai’s North Shore. The water here is fairly shallow and the reef features underwater canyons with ample sea life.
The reef here has sea cucumbers in residence and snorkelers frequently spot sea turtles at Poipu Beach. This South Shore Kauai beach is also home to endangered Hawaiian monk seals, which you can see sunning on the beach.
Also known as Makua Beach, Tunnels Beach is the quintessential spot to snorkel in Kauai, with amazing mountain views surrounding the beach. The reef here is horseshoe shaped and is home to bright corals, a variety of fish including the vibrant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, wrasse and parrotfish.
Kee Beach is a great option for beginner snorkelers as the lagoon is protected from waves by reefs. Home to plenty of colorful fish and Pacific green sea turtles, views of the Na Pali Coast add to the scenery.