A Day on Kauai Beaches

Posted: September 18th, 2020

Kauai is the northernmost and oldest of the Hawaiian islands. Hawaii has eight main islands and 137 recognized islands. Kauai is my favorite island to visit -- it is called The Garden Isle -- which suits me perfectly, as I am a florist by trade!

When I arrive on the island, I like to purchase a small portable cooler and some “fun” island snacks and picnic foods for the beach. There are 7 Farmer’s Markets - one held each day of the week and in a different location. So, I stop by one of the markets for fruits and yummy baked goodies. This way, I am set up for breakfast and lunch - and then can go out for a delicious dinner!

Next, we need snorkel equipment! I use this great book called Hidden Hawaii to plan my vacation. I thought, any place named “Snorkel Bob’s” was worth a try! Turns out, they have great equipment at bargain prices! So, it’s off to the beach!

As you head north and then west, you will eventually come to the literal “end of the road.” The entire west coast of the island is only accessible by boat, foot or helicopter. This is the jaw-dropping gorgeous Na Pali Coast. The two beaches at the end of the road are Ke'e Beach and Tunnels Beach. These are the 2 places where I love to spend my day snorkeling, sunning and grabbing a quick snack from the cooler before more snorkeling!

There is nothing quite like the water on Kauai -- from crystal clear to aqua green to turquoise to sapphire to deep midnight blue -- all in about 50 feet or so. When snorkeling at either of these beaches, you will encounter a wonderful variety of bright, neon colored fish of all sizes. But at Kee, it is the search for the Honu or swimming turtles that delights me! I have encountered as many as 6 turtles gliding through the crystal clear waters!

Volcanoes began forming Kauai over 5 million years ago. Charcoal black lava juts toward the sky, covered by lush vegetation. Makua (Tunnels) Beach is known as the Best Snorkeling Beach on Kauai. It gets its name from surfers, who saw the “tunnel” waves and discovered the caverns. Lava came down the volcano, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, forming underwater tunnels and caverns. This comprises a coral reef so large, it can be seen from space! All types of underwater vegetation grows on the lava tunnels, making it a prime feeding zone for the beautifully colored tropical fish. But, be aware of your surroundings….swim too far out and you might encounter a riptide…..or the deep blue. Once, I was snorkeling along one of the lava tubes, not realizing how far from shore I was. All of a sudden, WHOOSH! The tube dropped from sight and I was faced with the deep, dark blue of the Pacific. I was grateful no eyeballs were staring back at me - or worse - a dorsal fin!

When not snorkeling, I love to visit the Botanical Gardens, orchid nurseries and Waimea Canyon State Park -- the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. But, mostly, I love to snorkel the beautiful waters of Kauai and enjoy all they have to offer.

Submitted by Kyra Kelly