Have been to Kauai and thought the diving wonderful, and want to go back. I went with Dive Kauai, see their web site, run by Mike. Its midway around the main road which stretches from the north to south on the eastern side of the island, in Kapa'a.
We stayed at Hanalei Colony Resort, nice series of condo's, and I commuted nearly every day to dive from their boat in the south of the island. We did however do some shore dives.
Tunnels Reef at Kee Beach was just down the road from us, and it was superb shore dive of 28 interconnecting lava tunnels. I did this as a night dive, and the white tips were out hunting by then, but we did get to see some of the big turtles, spanish dancer and so forth.
Another shore dive is at Poipu, near Kapa'a, where we spotted dragon morays, quite rare. This can be done as a night dive as well.
It is a good idea to d a few boat dives to get out to Sheraton Caverns, Fish Bowl, Camp One and Turtle Bluffs, all great sites. Owing to inclement seas, we didn't get out to Nihau, but at least there was a monk seal on one of the local dives!
Take into account driving distances and times from wherever you stay, as the road is narrow in places and busy at times. The road from Princeville to Ke'e Beach (& Bali Hi), is very winding, narrow, dodgy in places, and crosses some "interesting" bridges.
TonyGMember Since 26 Sep 2005
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