Frequently Asked Questions

We get lots of questions about scuba diving on Kauai.

We've listed some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as responses from other people interested in scuba diving on our island. If you have any questions that aren't listed here, please ask us! We're can answer any question that you have about diving!

Q. Any hints for a snorkling or scuba tour in Kauai? We've spent a week Kauai and love exploring the island.

A. We began with a helicopter excursion in the afternoon. We then drove south all of the way into the end of the street and went diving at Koloa landing. It was great. Based on if is the cruise, northern Kauai isn't great for snorkeling through winter. But moving south to Poipu Beach is great year round.

Q. I finished my open water certification this summer so we're cruising to Kauai & Maui in January. Any suggestions on these are appreciated.

A. Here's a listing of the best diving places on Kauai. Ed Robinson has dive trips from Kihei as a Maui diving recommendation.

Q. I will be recently PADI Open Water certified this past month and moving to Kauai in March. Considering leasing a truck to the week to tour the island, camp at parks, dive and surf. Anyone know the top locations/cheapest method to dive?

A. For beach dives, Tunnels Beach and Koloa Landing are really good, however there are regular trips out to Niihau, the forbidden island, which can be magnificent for diving.

Q. Which should I do in Kauai, scuba or sky diving?

A. Scuba diving could show you some wonderful sights down below. I would proceed with scuba. Skydiving can be performed in several areas, but scuba from the sea can not be carried out in Arkansas (for example). In case you have time, then you are able to do. Check out skydivekauai.com after reserving scuba with diveinkauai.com.

Q. I was certified 6 decades back, did all of my clinic dives in the sea, flew throughout the certification procedure, and only have roughly 14 drops under my belt. I've done the vast majority of my diving off ships in Kauai, and that I believe at my "adventure" amount I've dove pretty much every place that's deemed "safe" for my own logged dives. I grew up from the sea, sailing and free diving in Catalina, and normally feel attentive yet convinced in my own diving. My main weakness in this time are breathing efficacy, my tanks continue a couple of minutes less than the majority of the people I dive with.

Farthest dive so much was 60ft, and with no dip off a island nearby Kauai that ends up moving to 100, along a cliff wall referred to as "Vertical Awareness"

Can I be up for this dive, or do I want to redive the places I've been earlier until I've more experience under my belt? Are there any other dive areas I need to ask about? I dove with a single business, and they're situated on the south shore.

A. Ni'ihau is likely on the difficult side at your expertise level. It's steep walls with an adequate quantity of current, drift dives are typical, and should youn't have strong buoyancy control, then you likely wo not have a fantastic time. In addition, it is a lengthy boat ride on the market that can involve some rough seas. I think that the majority of the dive stores require an Advanced Open Water certificate to proceed here. Expertise in addition to this would also be quite a fantastic thing.

The Na Pali coast might provide some better choices (although it may have some tough currents. I have been snorkeling, and the shoreline is magnificent (and actually only reachable by backpacking, boat, or helicopter).

Personally I would call up the dive shop, give them a heads up on expertise degree and concerns, and request recommendations. An alternative may be to choose a refresher course so you can visit a deeper websites with a teacher by your side. I believe you may also do a drift dive within an experience dip if this is of interest.

Q. Each time I watch a movie from somebody diving molokini or the big island (with the exclusion of this manta night dip), then it always looks so gloomy. I am going to the islands Maui and Kauai and I'm wondering just how much diving I must do. I will certainly do the manta dive on large island and also do some shore diving, but is it worth carrying some other Kauai & Maui boat dives?

A. You will find excellent dives off the chain, like everywhere, if you go hoping to find out everything you saw somewhere else you are going to be let down, visit check out what's unique about the area you are in! Along with the dip experience too. You have only gotta do the dive. Hawaii isn't quite as hot as SE Asia or the Caribbean so it is mostly hard corals. Some areas were struck hard by Iniki. Some areas still have brilliant coral, some have a great opportunity at pelagics. Many have rubble, which means you try to find octopus and various types of life. Fish books state 20 percent of those fish in Hawaii are endemic to Hawaii. If you would like everything for a national geographical movie, stay indoors and watch television. Or perform a boat dive with a divemaster who understands the dive sites and allow the boat captain understand exactly what you would like to see. They would like you to have a great time and return, while they can not whistle a whale shark such as the crocodile hunter, they will know where to locate something to interest you.

Niihau is expensive because of its space and exclusivity. It is 2+ hour boat journey based on requirements and passing point. It's quite pristine as a result of shortage of people and commercialization.