It might be hard to imagine a place that offers a surplus of things to do on any given day at any given moment, but Kauai does just that. The island offers unforgettable days and magical nights, but the best times are often found on and in the water.
For those seeking solace in the water, there is snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. Snorkeling is a great way to get up close and personal to the fish. Mornings are the best time to snorkel, and the best snorkeling is in calm, clear water. The island’s thriving reef system makes a day of wearing snorkel gear exciting and relaxing all at the same time, but don’t forget the sunscreen because the sun is always around. While snorkeling is more about floating, snorkeling beaches are also great swimming beaches. You can find the longest reef off the island on Anini Beach, which is located on the island’s North Shore. To get there, take Kalihiwai Road (just past one of the coolest bridges you will ever cross coming from the east side), and then turn left on Anini Road. When you are hanging on the beach, you will surely be sharing the area with sand crabs and chickens. At Poipu Beach Park, you will find friendly fish coming up to grab the fish food that they hope you have. At Lydgate Beach, Tunnels Beach and Kee Beach, you can find some calm snorkeling when the weather is right. Scuba diving requires a little more effort and education than snorkeling, but it also provides a glimpse of underwater reef systems, caves and large varieties of exotic fish and turtles. Necessities for scuba diving include a wetsuit and a tank of air around the waist. Popular scuba diving areas off Kauai include Tunnels Beach on the North Shore, and Sheraton Caverns off Poipu.
If you want to spend more time on the water, and see more of the island at the same time, try boating or kayaking. Boating is a popular pastime for those wanting to see more of Kauai and the sea. To see views of the Na Pali Coast that is only accessible by water, air or hiking, charter a boat for a relaxing ride and beautiful views. Holo-Holo Charters provides a variety of tours along the Na Pali Coast, but one of their best is their Na Pali Sunset Tour. Take your seat on the boat and take in the scenery with complementary drinks, gourmet buffet dinner and a friendly crew.
Kayaking is another way to get to the parts of the island that many others will not be able to see if they simply stay on land. Kayaking will allow you to paddle the Wailua River through a lush rainforest along ancient temples. These tours begin near the river mouth, below the Wailua Bridge on Kuhio Highway. Visit Outfitters Kauai for tour packages and guides that will tell tales of the ancient river valley.
Those more experienced with kayaking can explore and stay along the Na Pali Coast. The trip is strenuous and requires permits, but the outcome is well worth it.