Describing the scenic beauty and captivating tropical rainforest of Kauai is an enthralling activity. It’s like reliving the memorable moments spent on the spectacular beaches. The sights of intriguing landscape, and the matchless attractions that the Island is known for. Called the “Garden Isle”, there is hardly any other place on earth that offers such magical memories in sights and sounds.
Glance at Kauai
If you have ever spent some time in that beautiful Hawaiian county, this is certainly not news to you. But what you may not know is that Kauai offers some of the best scuba diving spots and services in the world. Its underwater clarity, aquatic wildlife, and unbeatable sea topography are some of the reasons why Kauai is considered a choice location for scuba diving. Just 17 miles from its coastline is another great location, Niihau- one of the county’s Islands.
The first step is to ascertain what type of diver you are; an expert or a beginner. This will determine the dive spot you’ll use. A drift dive, a boat dive, and the depth of the water body are some factors often considered. Secondly, your reason for diving must also be factored in. Is it to see some of the world’s rarest aquatic beasts or catch a glimpse of iconic endangered species? Or to witness up-close the amazing landscape underneath some of the world’s clearest waters? Or you haven’t made up your mind and just want to experience the thrill of taking a dive?
Although Niihau is known as the Forbidden Island, having remained a private property since 1864, you can certainly get an invite from the owners. If that seems a little far-fetched, catch a glimpse aboard a helicopter or by means of a Safari flying across the Island. Its history, beauty, and nature are still heavily preserved, making it one of the world’s most sought-after locations for a memorable vacation.
Back to Kauai scuba diving, you can explore Kauai’s underwater all year round. The time between April and September provide the most pleasant temperatures for diving. Here are four amazing spots in Kauai and Niihau for your scuba diving pleasure.
Sheraton Caverns, Kauai
There is a reason this is the most sought-after dive site in the whole of Kauai. The depth of its water is between 30 and 60 feet, just lying some meters off Poipu Beach. You can catch the sight of green sea turtles as you swim through sunlit caverns during a summer afternoon. This is an all-divers affair as the waters provide little or no current at all, depending on the time of year. It is a boat dive.
Vertical Awareness, Ni‘ihau
How about swimming side-by-side the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal? Just so you know, they have no ears – a feature that makes them one of the rarest creatures in the world with less than 1,500 of them left. In Niihau, what they get is a refuge and a nursery to live, free from the dangers of poachers and predators. Vertical Awareness is also known for unbelievable water clarity, beautiful landscapes, and sheer drop-offs. You’ll also find scores of pelagic, sandbar sharks, and giant trevally under this great sea of adventure.
Turtle Bluffs – Fish Bowl – General Store
These are three spots and activities done together. The trail is one of suspense, intrigue, and a thrilling encounter with fishes, overhangs, and caves. If you are lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of sharks, turtles, and black coral trees. This diving adventure is often done in that order because of prevailing currents. However, a reverse in current will also lead to a reverse in the order. Still, what you’ll get is a memorable time underwater. Staring at aquatic beings that just stare at you and the camera.
Regarded as the ultimate scuba divers beach, Tunnels Beach is a pristine and well-kept beach in Kauai. With palms and ironwood trees at its fringes, and mountains and the lush jungle forming its backdrop. This perfect location is also known for its magical underwater world you should explore. Underwater caverns formed by lava tubes and amazing fishes are also a good sight to behold when you go under.
Kauai is certainly one of the most beautiful places in all of Hawaii, and maybe across the world. While it is often easy to be close to nature by visiting the wild, this lush, exciting location also offers an amazing time touring nature from the depths of its beautiful oceans. Be sure to never go alone and always pay attention to weather forecasts before you embark on such an adventure.
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