Not only do we have some great diving on Kauai, but we also have dives taking you the the reefs of the "Forbidden Island" of Niihau.
|Diving and Scuba on Kauai|
|Fathom Five Divers - Custom Built Dive Boats|
|Kauai Down Under Dive Team - Beach and Scooter Dives|
|Seasport Divers - 32' Dive Boat|
|SNUBA Tours Kauai - SNUBA off the sunny south shore of Kauai|
Kauai Scuba Diving and Scuba Tours
Some of the most beautiful dive locations in the world can be seen on a Kauai dive tour.
Kauai has crystal clear water and some very interesting marine life.
Some of the most breathtaking diving to be found in Hawaii is on the island of Kauai. Diving on Kauai is actually a two-for one experience.
- Not only do you have the beautiful underwater world of Kauai dives to explore but also the nearby island of Niihau diving as well.
- Both Niihau and Kauai diving locations are world class and are graced with an abundance of marine life, large black coral trees, huge underwater caverns and spectacular vertical walls.
The entire underwater region surrounding Kauai and in fact surrounding all the Hawaiian Islands, is very different from many other diving areas of the world for a number of reasons, and these reasons have their root in a number of scientific disciplines.
- First and foremost it must be noted that these islands we call Hawaii are the most remote archipelago of islands found anywhere in the world. There is roughly a buffer of 2000 to 2500 miles of seemingly endless ocean surrounding Hawaii in virtually every direction. The Hawaiian Islands have their point of origin in what is generally referred to as a permanent “hot spot” located deep below the earth’s crust in the center of the huge Pacific Plate.
- The most notable underwater consequence of this remoteness effecting the sea life surrounding Kauai and thus Kauai diving as well, is that these life forms are much less numerous in terms of species than can be found in other parts of the world.
- However, the flip side of having less species is that there is a much higher incidence of native species, or “Hawaii specific” life forms in the waters suitable for Kauai diving.
- Though it would seem that the overall connected nature of the oceans would allow for the free flow of fish and marine life to migrate from other locations to Kauai, in actual fact, a full 30% of the fish life found in Kauai waters are native to Hawaii. This may be at least partially a result of how long the various larva's of fish or coral can remain alive as it floats for months in the ocean currents on its way to the Kauai coast.
All this being said the net result is that the Kauai diving is not only different from other diving spots in the world but that it is unique as well.
Tom's Tips - Kauai Diving and Scuba Tours
- Kauai diving locations are some of the most remote in Hawaii and this is particularly true of the dives of Niihau. These dives are usually 3 tank dives and are for more experienced divers.
- If you're looking for your very first scuba diving adventure and would like to get the biggest bang for your buck try taking a one tank intro shore dive on one day and the next day go out on a 2 tank intro boat dive. After two days of diving Kauai you'll know if you want to pursue diving in the future.
- Have you ever tried a "scooter dive"? This enables you to cover more underwater terrain while expending less energy on your Kauai dive
Fathom Five Divers is a full service dive company that has a great reputation on Kauai. It is a family owned business whose owners, Jeanette and George Thompson, have a genuine passion for diving. They have both worked in the dive industry on Kauai for over 20 years and have one of the highest rated dive operations on the island. Their self stated company philosophy says it all:---------------"At Fathom Five, you are the most important person on our crew, and our goal is to provide you with a dive experience unmatched anywhere. By making sure you have the best dive available we can guarantee that you will return year after year to dive with us. From the bad jokes to the great dives you'll never have a better experience anywhere!"------------------ Fathom Five Divers is a full service dive shop and as such offers a wide selection of tours for your perfect diving experience. These include an introductory shore dive for non-certified divers, a refresher shore dive for those who haven't dived in over two years, an incredible three tank dive tour off the coast of the forbidden island of Niihau, an introductory two-tank dive for small groups of six, a certified two tank dive also for small groups of six, a single tank night dive which provides a completely different vision of the underwater world, a certified one-tank shore dive of Kauai's south shore, another certified shore dive off of Kauai's northern shores, a twilight two tank dive, an underwater certification course and an advanced open water course.------------ Some of the dives offered by Fathom Five Divers are truly amazing. The three tank dive to the island of Niihau is a case in point. This island is some twenty miles or so off the coast of Kauai and is relatively pristine in terms of its underwater viewing. Even the marine mammals found there in fair quantities are amazing. The Monk Seal is a great example. Virtually all dives on other Hawaiian islands are dives that are found immediately off the coasts of those islands. The easy access to these dive sites by the population centers on these islands has naturally placed varying degrees of environmental pressure on the eco systems surrounding these sites and in some cases has degraded their quality. The one exception to a dive site lying beyond the actual island that still has a lot of activity generated from the host island would be the tiny marine sanctuary of Molokini but even here the intense number of crowds entering the waters surrounding the island have cause a certain degradation. The pristine nature of the underwater areas surrounding Niihau make it a fantastic place to visit. -------------Another impressive dive offered by Fathom Five Divers is their two-tank intro boat dive. Very few dive companies offer such an option. The first introductory dive most people take is actually the most difficult and with the second they become more comfortable in the water and actually relax a bit more and enjoy the experience of being in the underwater world. These boat dives however can tax those with a tendency toward sea-sickness so deciding to participate on one of these dives would be an individual decision each diver would have to make for themselves.
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Based on Kauai's sunny south shore, Kauai Down Under is a company that places a high value on personal integrity, quality experiences and personalized services. In fact they provide one instructor for every four persons diving, they don't rush and they enjoy long bottom times. Their company culture revolves around placing an emphasis on being ecologically informative and providing extensive marine life education. Kauai Down Under provides a full complement of diving options from experienced to beginner and offers diversification in tours ranging from night dives to scooter dive to remarkable dive sites off Kauai's coast.
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One of the most well known dive shops on Kauai, Seasport Divers, has locations in both Poipu and Kapaa. Seasport Divers offers a full selection of diving options from beginner through advanced and offers a wide selection of dive location options which may be dependent upon weather and wave conditions at a particular time of year. In October of 2006 Seasport Divers was voted the #1 dive operation on Kauai by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine. The list of available options offered by Seasport is very large but perhaps not when viewed in the perspective of it being a full service dive shop with multiple locations. The boats they use on their charters are first-rate dive boats and seaworthy enough to even travel the eighteen miles between the island of Kauai and the neighboring islands of Niihau and its sister island Lehua. Their basic "bread and butter" tours however are probably their morning two-tank certified dives which travel to dive locations with such exotic names as Brennecke's Ledge, Ice Box, Fastlanes, General Store and Sheraton Caverns. These dives don't require that you be an expert or an extremely experienced diver but they do require some experience on your behalf. The first of the two dives may go as deep as ninety feet so you will probably be asked to stop your assent at the fifteen-foot level for three or four minutes as a safety stop before proceeding upward. The second dive may be as deep as seventy feet so you can see that you will be having two very solid and interesting dives. Don't feel however that experienced divers are the only divers catered to by Seasport Divers as they offer afternoon dives that take both first time divers and certified divers that have not been diving in some time. These are also two-tank dives which are wonderful for the inexperienced, especially the first time divers. Your first dive is usually, and understandably, full of trepidation and self doubt as you first experience this brand new activity but by the second dive you are now comfortable in the water and really able to enjoy the views and the total underwater experience in a manner that was probably your intention for diving in the first place.
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The owner of Snuba Tours of Kauai is Kevin Cram. He's been a SCUBA instructor since 1988 and has run his SNUBA business since 1991 and has enjoyed introducing people from all over the world to this unique underwater experience. Snuba Tours of Kauai is a great activity for all members of the family over eight years of age. Snuba diving is actually a bridge between snorkeling and SCUBA diving. It's like snorkeling in that you do not have tanks on your back but it is like diving because it allows you to stay underwater and breathe. It's easier than you may think and in fact it is even available to you if you have never, ever snorkeled or even can't swim. It's very simple to learn and once you do you'll be off on a tour of exploration of Kauai's underwater world.
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Kauai Diving and Kauai SCUBA - When we talk about diving in Kauai we also must include its nearest island neighbor Niihau. Actually to many, this sister island to Kauai provides what may be considered a sacred experience to the diving community. It is often said that Niihau is Hawaii’s ultimate gift to the diving world. Though it may be true that Kauai, Niihau or Hawaii in general does not have the glitzy and colorful allure of say, the Red Sea, Papua New Guinea or Fiji it can be said that the miles upon miles of lava shelves along the coastline provide the equivalent of underwater condominiums perfectly crafted to house an abundance of wildlife waiting to be discovered. Brooding and often mysterious, Kauai and its surrounding waters are sure to offer you the diving experience you’ve been seeking.