The best time for snorkeling off the Napali Coast is in the Summer months. Although we can have great snorkeling there as well in the Winter months it is more problematic as there can be large ocean swells that can prohibit snorkeling.
|Snorkeling Tours on Kauai|
|Blue Dolphin Charters - 27' Raft and 63' Catamaran|
|Captain Andy's Raft Expeditions - 24' Discovery Class rigid hull inflatable raft|
|Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures - Raft and Snorkel Na Pali Coast|
|Catamaran Kahanu - Snorkeling|
|Holo Holo Charters - 61' and 48' Sailing Catamarans|
|Kauai Sea Tours - 24' Rigid Hull Inflatable Rafts|
|Kauai Sea Tours - Lucky Lady - 60' Deluxe Power-Sailing Catamaran|
|Kauai Z-Tourz - Inflatable Rafts and Snorkeling|
|Liko Kauai Cruises - Snorkel and Dolphin Tours|
|Na Pali Explorer - Na Pali Coast Snorkeling|
|NaPali Catamarans - Kama Hele Kai a 34 Foot Power Catamaran|
|NaPali Makai - Na Pali Coast Snorkeling|
|NaPali Sport Fishing - 34' Baja Cruiser Power Catamaran|
|SeaFun by Aloha Kauai Tours - Snorkeling|
|Snuba Tours of Kauai - Lawai Beach Diving|
Kauai Snorkeling Tours and Snorkel Trips
Kauai snorkeling tours are a favorite on Kauai
Kauai snorkeling tours are the single most popular visitor activity on the island of Kauai. And why wouldn't they be? Snorkeling on Kauai is excellent. You will find that almost all the water tours on Kauai whether they be dolphin excursions, Na Pali coast tours, many whale watch tours, Niihau excursions and even many of the extended dinner cruises famous on Kauai will offer snorkeling as a part of their tours. Kauai is an island almost completely surrounded by reef and consequently also an abundance of sea life. It is not unusual for Kauai snorkel excursions to encounter dolphins, turtles and even the occasional monk seal in addition to the generous quantities of reef fish and coral one would customarily expect to see on their snorkel tour. The best snorkeling on Kauai is available by boat from various locations on the island but snorkel tours can also be arranged to take you directly into the water from a beach. You can certainly even snorkel on Kauai directly from the beach on your own with snorkel and fins but caution should be advised to make sure the snorkel location you choose and the water conditions prevalent on the day you snorkel are safe for your snorkel adventure. You can check with our Kauai Beach Guide to read about the beaches on the island but you will probably find that the organized Kauai snorkel tours will yield the best snorkeling results.
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Kauai's coastline provides ideal conditions for snorkeling and the ocean surrounding Kauai contains a plethora of sea life, much of which you can see while snorkeling.
- Kauai's coastline is both varied and beautiful ranging from the more gentle inlets and coves of the Poipu and south shore region to the dramatic, isolated and incredible shoreline of the Na Pali Coast, each of which providing for a great Kauai snorkel experience.
- Among the likely candidates of fish and marine life you might encounter while snorkeling on Kauai are: the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Sea Cucumber, the Hawaiian Squirrelfish, the Moorish Idle, the White Mouth Moray Eel, Butterfly Fish, Trigger Fish, Parrot Fish, Goat Fish, Cornet Fish, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, and in season, the Hawaiian Humpback Whale.
- If you’re an inexperienced snorkeler and your concerned about your Kauai snorkel adventure, don’t worry. The myriad of snorkel boats that travel the waters around the Garden Isle will provide you with all the gear and instruction you need to make your Kauai snorkeling tour easy and fun.
Kauai has a large fleet of snorkeling boats and snorkeling charters offering trips that traverse the Kauai shoreline. Here are a few of your Kauai snorkeling boat options:
- Large sailing catamarans that offer sailing before or after your snorkel are a good choice for your Kauai snorkel.
- Large and very stable and powerful power catamarans that would transport you quickly and with comfort to your various Kauai snorkel locations.
- Smaller zodiac or "rigid hulled inflatables" designed for small and more intimate snorkel experiences often providing you with Kauai snorkel locations that are inaccessible to other snorkeling boats.
- Small and private six passenger power catamarans that would provide a Kauai snorkel tour that would be just for you and your private group of friends and family.
Kauai is also one of the few islands that provide snorkeling trips that depart from the shoreline rather than from a boat.
- These Kauai snorkel tours will take you via van to some of the very best snorkeling locations and the water entry from the beach often makes the snorkel experience a bit less intimidating for the less initiated. These are great family activities for snorkeling.
As an adjunct to your wonderful Kauai snorkeling experience you are also likely to find that the Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphins, the Hawaii Green Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales during the winter seasons may become a part of your snorkeling adventure as well.
Kauai Snuba Tours are similar to Kauai snorkeling tours and are available for you as well.
- Snuba tours are also included in the complement of Kauai snorkel trips. Snuba is a cross between scuba diving and snorkeling. A scuba tank is allowed to float on a floatation device at the surface above you. You swim perhaps twenty feet or so below and inhale air through a tube or hose. There are no tanks on your back. These tours also have entry from the shoreline so many beginners feel a bit more comfortable in trying this new experience.
Tom's Tips - Kauai Snorkeling Tours
- The weather and ocean conditions on Kauai vary considerably from summer to winter. Generally speaking the best place for your snorkel tour on Kauai in the summer months is on the north shores such as along the Na Pali Coast and in the winter months on the south shore areas like in the Poipu region.
- The zodiac type boats are fast and maneuverable and in addition to providing you with a great Kauai snorkel experience may also be able to get you in and out of some of the neat caves found along the Na Pali Coast.
- Some Kauai snorkel tours provide you with the comfort of a larger vessel taking you out to the Na Pali Coast but then provide you with a smaller zodiac vessel to cruise the coastline once you've arrive at the cliffs.
If you're looking for a great snorkel adventure off the coast of Kauai you will probably enjoy one of the wonderful snorkel trips offered by Blue Dolphin Charters. The excellent snorkeling grounds found off the coast of Kauai are one thing, but when you add to the equation the fantastic views of the Kauai coastline and an almost ever-present water spectacle of spinning and darting dolphins, your day of snorkeling is complete. Not only are the fertile waters of Kauai available to you through Blue Dolphin Charters but also the crystal waters off the coast of the forbidden island of Niihau. The oceans off Kauai offer a large variety of fish to be seen while snorkeling and Blue Dolphin Charters will take you to some of the best spots. Generally speaking, the summer months offer the best viewing in the waters off Kauai's north shoreline and Na Pali Coast while Kauai's southern coastline provides good viewing and snorkeling during the winter months. While snorkeling in the winter months however you in all likelihood will be provided with an opportunity to glimpse the somewhat larger variety of marine inhabitant, the Humpback Whale.
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Snorkeling is one of the great activities to participate in on Kauai and Captain Andy's Rafting Adventures is a great company to go with. Not only is Kauai blessed with a vast quantity of reef fish, coral and assorted reef life but the process of going to and being at these great snorkel locations invariably is accompanied by the spectacular views and vistas of the island itself which makes it all that more special. Captain Andy, also owner of Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures, was one of the pioneers in the tour boating industry on Kauai and has been a respected member of this community for years. Captain Andy's efforts, along with others in the snorkel industry, have provided the Kauai visitor with an environment that is in most ways as pristine as when they first began. The professional maintenance, attention to safety equipment and practices and quality snorkel gear used on Captain Andy's ranks this company among the best in the field.
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Snorkel rafting trips using rigid hull inflatable rafts have from the very outset of the touring era of Kauai been a hallmark in the exploration of Kauai's spectacular coastlines, towering ocean cliffs and ocean caves. Captain Andy's is one of the companies that offers these exciting adventures to its many snorkel clients. Seeing the great sea cliffs of Na Pali from the ocean is quite a thrill but actually driving in, and through, some of the varied sea caves and arched rock bridges on this coastline ratchet's up the excitement level to a whole new plateau. Captain Andy's has been offering these rafting tours since 1974 and these "wet and wild" excursions are among the most exciting snorkel adventures on Kauai.
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The Catamaran Kamanu offers daily snorkeling tours off the coast of Kauai. During the summer months these snorkel tours generally take you to the spectacular Na Pali Coast which has remarkable snorkeling as well as magnificent views. In the Winter months there may often be more difficult weather and high surf which would rule out a snorkel tour to the Northern Shores and more suitable conditions may be found in areas to the South. The Catamaran Kahanu offers a couple of advantages not available to some of the larger boat companies. One is its size as it takes only small groups of usually eighteen persons or less. Secondly, the boat is owned and operated by a local Hawaiian family who has its lineage deeply ingrained in the fabric and culture of Kauai and this makes the experience even more authentic. This snorkel experience with a Hawaiian flare.
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Holo Holo Charters provides a wonderful sail and snorkel from Port Allen to the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. The sailing catamaran "Leila" is an ideal choice of boat to transport you to the spectacular cliffs and snorkel areas of Na Pali. Holo Holo's "Leila" is Coast Guard approved for forty-five persons but is limited to only thirty-seven persons so there will be plenty of room onboard for everyone. All snorkel gear and instruction is included as is a continental breakfast and a deli lunch with wine and beer served after everyone is finished snorkeling. As an added bonus you will see plenty of Humpback Whales in season and as always you will in all likelihood be treated to the antics of Kauai's Spinner Dolphins. Once at your snorkel destination you will delight in the glory of one of the most beautiful and dramatic snorkel spots on earth.
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Kauai Sea Tours offers some fantastic snorkeling adventures aboard its fleet of twenty-four foot, fifteen passenger rigid hulled inflatables. These inflatables used by Kauai Sea Tours are specially designed for the water conditions that are often found along the Kauai coastline. The hull itself is a deep V design similar to the ones used by the coast guard and the navy seals. These deep hulls help it cut through the water and provide a smooth and stable ride. They are also very thrilling
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Taking a snorkel tour off the coast of Kauai should be on the "bucket list" of anyone visiting Kauai and one of the great ways to do this would be with Kauai Sea Tours on their beautiful boat the "Lucky Lady". The reef life in the waters off Kauai is teeming with reef fish, colorful coral, a couple varieties of dolphins, Monk Seals, Hawaiian Sea Turtles, whales in season and seemingly endless varieties of reef fish. Some of the most popular reef fish you will find on one of these Kauai Sea Tours snorkeling excursions will be the Damsel Fish, Needle Fish, Angel Fish and the Yellow Tang. The Lucky Lady itself is a sixty-foot sailing catamaran ideal for your snorkel outing. Though the boat has been designed for groups as large as ninety persons it is limited to only forty-nine guests so everyone will be able to spread out and enjoy themselves. There is a great observation deck on the second level so you can scan the great views with greater ease as well as soak in some of the famous Kauai sunshine. On the lower deck you can protect yourself from the sun if you wish or lounge on the net trampolines on the respective bows of the boat. Two restrooms are there for your convenience as well as freshwater showers, a swim platform with swim ladders and even a fun waterslide.
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Kauai Z Tourz (zodiac tours) specializes in tours that visit the south shores of Kauai in and around the sunny Poipu area. Kauai Z Tourz is one of the only companies on Kauai that exclusively concentrates on snorkeling along the southern coastline and they offer some spectacular snorkeling locations. Kauai Z Tourz is a Hawaiian owned and operated rafting adventure and provides an excellent opportunity to snorkel and visit the pristine offshore reefs and caverns in the area. These tours are educational, interesting and adventurous. Guests are given a marine as well as a cultural narration and you'll have an opportunity to view hundreds of species of fish as well as dolphins and whales in season. These boats are also available for charter on a private basis.
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Liko Kauai Cruises is an excellent choice for your Kauai snorkel adventure. You'll journey past beautiful waterfalls, majestic peaks and valleys, sea caves, and lava tubes, experience the wonders of the sea with spinner dolphins, sea turtles and whales. With Liko Kauai Cruises you can learn about the history and Hawaiian culture of this special place in addition to enjoying the great snorkeling. The Captain and Crew, most of whom are Hawaiian natives, add a local flavor and presence and are determined to make this a once in a lifetime experience. Stops are made throughout the journey for informative and amusing commentary that allows ample opportunity for photos and videotaping and Liko Kauai Cruisese has an excellent reputation in the industry.
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The Napali Explorer offers snorkel tours on the Island of Kauai. Jacques Cousteau popularized the Zodiac inflatable boat which features a hull composed of flexible rubber tubes and a rubber bottom. A RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) replaces the rubber bottom of a Zodiac with a hard, rigid hull, allowing higher speeds in rough ocean conditions and is generally much more suitable for the snorkeling tours in the waters of Kauai. The comforts of Napali Explorer's adventure rafts are second to none and the Explorer I is twenty six feet long and is suitable for eighteen passenger. The Hurricane Zodiac is their 48' Explorer II and it can accommodate up to thirty-six passengers and is the largest boat of its type in the United States. These boats are great for investigating the white sand beaches, rock archways and caves of the Na Pali Coast and is excitement just waiting to happen. Na Pali Explorer also offers whale watching in season. These zodiac boats are so fast the you will have lots of time to snorkel when reaching your destination. The boats launch from Kikiaola Harbor north of Port Allen and hence have a shorter travel time to the coast of Napali and better yet the four-and-one-half hour summer time afternoon tour departs from its check-in point in Hanalei.
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NaPali Catamarans are pleased to offer you adventurous, narrated NaPali Coast snorkel excursions. The office is located in Hanalei right off Highway 56 next to the local Post Office. You check in at the BIG green building, then you are shuttled 3 blocks to Hanalei Bay where you are then boarded on an 8 passenger Outrigger Canoe, this will transport you to Kame Hele Kai a 34 foot powered catamaran for your adventure. This catamaran is big enough for comfort but small enough to maybe go into a couple of the sea caves (ocean conditions permitting).
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Go on a snorkel "Adventure of a Lifetime" with Napali Makai. Owned and operated by Capt. Makai, who has been going down the Napali Coast of Kauai for over twenty five years. Napali Makai will share with you history and legends, take you through sea caves, waterfalls, encounter dolphins, whales, and snorkel at the best location on the Napali (seasonal conditions permitting). Limited to 6 passengers for your best comfort and experience. Ideal for families and small groups.
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If you're looking for a very private snorkel charter to see the sites on the Na Pali Coast of Lanai you can sign up to go with the folks at Napali Sport Fishing. Na Pali Sport Fishing usually runs fishing charters along this coast so they know every "nook and cranny", but they also will take private parties to snorkel and see the wonders of this fantastic coastline. This would be an opportunity for you to enjoy the Na Pali Coast with a knowledgeable guide in the privacy of your own group.
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The "Sea Fun" snorkel tour offered by Aloha Kauai Tours is different. It's different in that all other snorkel excursions depart from a boat and view the outside of the reef when snorkeling. On Aloha Kauai Tours' "Sea Fun" you are driven to a remote snorkel location by van and enter the water via the sand and view the "more protected" interior of the reef. For many people, entering the water from the beach has a much friendlier feel to it. Generally there is less current to affect you and because these interior reef areas are more protected, there is often more sea life to observe. The snorkel locations will vary at different times of year and also on a day to day basis but you will always enjoy the best snorkeling that is available on any given day. These tours are probably the most "snorkel intensive" tours available and since all the focus is about "the snorkel" it is one of your best choices for a great day of underwater exploration off the Kauai coast.
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Snuba Tours of Kauai concentrates solely on teach the art of snuba diving on the island of Kauai. Snuba diving is actually a cross between Scuba diving and Snorkeling. You actually stay down below the surface and breathe but you have no tanks on your back. The simple skills you will need to do this will be taught to you by Snuba Tours of Kauai. The tanks, in the case of SNUBA, are attached to a float and always stay on the surface of the water. You will descend below the surface and breathe through a tube which attaches to the tanks above. In this way you will be able to swim at length below the surface as if you were SCUBA diving but not have any tanks attached to your body.
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Kauai Snorkeling - Snorkeling may just be the very most popular activity on Kauai. To view the fish in the crystal waters off the Na Pali Coast or along the coastline of the forbidden island of Niihau is the ultimate “payoff” you’ve come to Kauai to experience. The Na Pali Coast and Niihau are just an extra bonus as are the plentiful dolphins year round and whales in season.