SeaFun Kauai has
been operating snorkel tours on Kauai since 1990. Our expert
guides ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
appreciate the thorough instruction and the close supervision in the water. We
have a maximum of six patrons per staff member. Everyone that goes on our SeaFun
tour realizes that they have seen and learned much more than they could have by
themselves. All tours include a discussion of the marine biology.
The price of your
tour includes the use of professional quality equipment. Silicone masks and US
Divers, Impulse snorkels make for comfortable, easy breathing. When you book
your tour, we ask for your height, weight and shoe size. This is so we can pack
just the right equipment for you, including a wetsuit, in your own personalized
equipment bag. We always bring along optical masks for those who need corrective
lenses. People often question the need for a wetsuit. They are multi purpose.
Floatation as I mentioned, (we have weight belts for you adventurous types),
comfort, (the water is not as warm here as many people think, in the mid
seventies, and we will be in the water for some time), protection from sun burn,
(one of the greatest hazards of snorkeling here unprotected). The wetsuits help
us keep track of people and make you look good doing it.
People often ask,
"where is the best place to snorkel?" The fact is that every day is
different and each location has different features. The trick is learning to
appreciate that which is unique about each area.
snorkeling spots on Kauai are inside protective reefs. Kauai, being geologically
older than the other inhabited islands, has had more time for these reefs to
form. The choice of destination is determined by a variety of factors including
the tide, surf, wind and restrictions.
Generally, in the
winter months, if there is going to be a swell large enough to disrupt
snorkeling, it would be coming from the north and or west. Trade winds create
choppy conditions on the east side. Our primary destination is on the south
shore under these conditions. In summer, swells tend to originate south of
Kauai, often creating better conditions on the north shore. Spring and fall are
transitional periods when there can either be a combination of north and south
swells, or ideally, calm waters on all shores. Accurate surf forecasts are
available. Sometimes not so accurate weather forecasts are a click away.
Given that we are
snorkeling inside a reef, the best time to snorkel is at low tide. The water
coming over the reef with each wave must find an escape route. There is always
some current at the good snorkel spots on Kauai. At low tide, less water comes
over the reef, giving the water a chance to settle and clear up.
Certain areas are
restricted, like Makua or Tunnels on weekends, where we have agreed not to
operate tours on Saturdays and Sundays in deference to community input.
Community events such as canoe races or surf meets can preempt tour operations.
On each tour, the
tour leader will brief you on the site, what you can expect to see, how to avoid
damaging the environment, and how to snorkel and look good doing it. Snorkeling
is very easy and most people learn to relax and enjoy the experience quickly.
Just stick with the tour leader who will be looking for unusual things to point
out to you. For those who need a
little extra help, no worries. Relax. We have taught thousands of people to
snorkel including non swimmers, people who are afraid of the water, even
paraplegics. The tour assistants have large, soft surf boards with handles
around the edges. If you are a little nervous, just hang on to the board and we
will tow you around with the rest of the group so you can join in the fun.
Snacks and beverages are
There is always
ample time for our expert guides to educate you about our unique, marine
ecosystem. Hawaiian waters have a high percentage of endemic species. Many
species found here are found nowhere else in the world.
South shore tour
Guests staying in Lihue or
north of Lihue, meet us at Kilohana Plantation at 7:45 in the morning. Guests
staying in the Poipu area are picked up between 8:15 and 8:30. We arrive at our
snorkel destination shortly thereafter. Getting there is half the fun. Getting
to know your guide and learn about the island on the way there and back is an
important part of the tour.
Our first snorkel
spot is usually at Lawai Beach by the Beach House Restaurant. The reef is 50
yards or so from shore and the water inside the reef is about 8 to 10 feet deep.
We spend most of the time on this first snorkel hovering over the reef in just a
few feet of water. There is a great variety of species here including, butterfly
fishes, tangs and surgeon fishes, wrasses and puffers. We are in the water for
up to 45 minutes before taking a break. After we are refreshed, those who are
comfortable with a slightly more advanced snorkel, accompany us to the second
area where we see the pacific green sea turtles. This area, in front of Prince
Kuhio Park, is just a short walk away. It is a little deeper but the coral
formations are more developed.
After a shower and snacks we will head back.
The tour returns
to the Poipu area around 12:00 and to Kilohana by 12:30.
North shore tour
People staying in
the Poipu area meet us in Lihue at 7:45, we are picking up in Kapa'a around
Princeville around 8:45 and arriving at the snorkel spot by 9:15. The drive from
Princeville to Haena is one of the most picturesque you will ever see.
Makua, or tunnels
as it is known, is a gorgeous beach with Bali Hai as a backdrop. The inner reef
is volcanic and has a large shallow area that leads out to a drop off. In places
the depth changes from 3 feet to 60 feet, straight down. There are lava tubes
and underwater caves which create habitat for a variety of marine life. We
follow the natural contours of the reef exploring as we go. There are only a few
places where you can head for shore without getting into very shallow water so
we return to our entry point to exit.
your stamina permitting, we will tour the area inside the outer reef for our
After showers and snacks we’ll head back.
should be back in Princeville around 1:00, Kapa'a 1:30 and Lihue by 2:00.
including local taxes are $80.00 for adults and $62.50 for children ages 5 to 12
Advance purchase required.
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