Ten Reasons to Dive Kaua'iReason No. 5: Hawaiian monk seals. Photography by David Kearnes/Seapics.
Hawaii’s Garden Isle offers a wild, lush experience above and below the water. Here are the 10 reasons we love this paradise:
1. Sheraton Caverns
Weave through a maze of lava tubes and arches where nooks and crannies hide frogfish, nudibranchs, eels and heaps of napping turtles. (seasportdivers.com)
Pods of spinner dolphins, beaked whales, monk seals and three shark species call this satellite island home; Sea Sport Divers’ 48-foot-long boat makes the trip twice a week May through October. (seasportdivers.com)
3. Turtle Bluffs
Think the scores of turtles patiently posing for divers as they relax at cleaning stations are this site’s only attraction? Nope: Peek under ledges to find whitetip reef sharks seeking shelter. (seasportdivers.com)
4. Brennecke’s Ledge
Strong currents explain the pelagic cameos made by humpbacks, giant tuna, dolphins and gray reef sharks.
5. Hawaiian Monk Seals
Landlubbers can watch these tubby pinnipeds at Poipu Beach on the south shore; divers can enjoy their slow, graceful barrel rolls at many dive sites.
6. Humpback Whales
Join Captain Andy’s sailing adventures for a whale-watching tour; spot the giants breaching, and listen to the glottal singing thanks to the onboard hydrophone. (napali.com)
7. Helicopter Tour
Buzz over the green folds of Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. (bluehawaiian.com)
Tubing At what could be the world’s longest lazy river, float past the old Lihue sugar-cane plantation, under tunnels and over small rapids. (kauaibackcountry.com)
9. Lilikoi Pie
This fluffy, passion-fruit chiffon dessert, served at Wong’s Restaurant in Hanapepe, will melt in your mouth.
10. Zip Lining
Pair extreme zip lining over treetops and streams with a refreshing dip at a waterfall-fed swimming hole. (princevilleranch.com)
For more info, visit sportdiver.com/hawaii.