"Excellent adventure!! We saw...dolphins, whales, seals, flying fish and...great snorkeling...
– ThatWaide G, TripAdvisor 5 out of 5 stars 3/22/17

Kauai Snorkel Tours

Kauai offers the oldest and most protected reef ecosystems of all the major Hawaiian Islands. Hundreds of species of fish can be found in these delicate "rain forests of the sea," one-third of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Snorkel Kauai

Some of Kauai's best snorkeling is found on the remote Na Pali Coast, an area accessible only by boat. Schools of vibrantly colored tropical fish mingle with the ancient Honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) that graze on the limu (algae) growing on the coral reefs of these waters.

Our Kauai Snorkel trips offer an fun, easy and safe way to discover the incredibly diverse sea life found in the waters off Na Pali Coast. With steps that lead into the water (on Star Yacht and Classic Sailing tours), all gear included, and a friendly crew there to assist with support and instructions, our snorkeling tours are suitable for the entire family.

Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Beginning Snorkelers

Are you a beginning snorkeler? Capt. Andy's is famous for our friendly and safe instructions. Snorkeling is not complicated. We'll have you exploring Kauai's tropical reefs in no time. Instructions included on all our snorkeling tours.

All Tours Include

  • Expert snorkel instructions for beginners.
  • Trained professionals certified in CPR.
  • High quality, well maintained, snorkel gear.

Captain Andy's carries only the finest and most comfortable snorkel gear for your underwater adventures.

  • Soft silicone masks (corrective lenses too!)
  • "Dry" easy purge snorkels.
  • Comfortable fins in all sizes.
  • Snorkel vests - for buoyancy.
  • Non-fog spray

Proper fitting gear is one of the most important factors for an enjoyable snorkeling experience. One leaky mask or sore feet from tight fins can be frustrating. Our knowledgeable crew is here to help. We will fit you with proper size gear and even provide you with snorkeling instructions.

For those less confident swimmers, we provide snorkel vests which assist with floatation.

What good is snorkeling if you can't see the fish? Our soft silicone masks with corrective lenses are a perfect fit for people who wear glasses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Snorkel?

Just about anyone can snorkel, as technique is more important than your fitness level. The fundamentals are easy to learn. Basic swimming skills are required, but snorkel vests can be used to assist in floatation. Depending on how adventurous you are, different levels of physical ability are required. If you have any doubts, consult your physician regarding any conditions that might be limiting for this activity.

What Do I Need To Bring?

You will need a swimsuit. The waters of Hawaii are warm, so a wetsuit is not required. Sun protection such as waterproof sunscreen or a shirt are also necessary as the sun’s rays are more intense when they reflect off of the water. If you are on one of our tours, that's all you will need. If you are snorkeling on your own you will need snorkeling gear, including a mask, snorkel and fins. Comfortable, well fitting equipment is very important. Proper use is key to fully enjoying your snorkeling experience.

Are there Safety Concerns?

If you are snorkeling with Capt. Andy's our Captains will ensure you snorkel in safe conditions, and trained professionals certified in CPR are onboard our boats.

If you are snorkeling on your own, always check current ocean conditions before going out. Be informed of important ocean safety tips:

  • When in doubt, don’t go out.
  • Always snorkel with a buddy.
  • Use a point of reference on shore and check periodically to make sure you have not drifted too far.
  • Also, for the novice, going with an experienced guide or on a snorkel tour is a great introduction.

Where Should you Snorkel?

Na Pali has some of the most pristine and rich sea life anywhere in Hawaii, but you should only snorkel Na Pali with a licensed boat tour operator like Capt. Andy's.

If you are snorkeling from shore, choosing a location is critical to experiencing this underwater beauty. You want clear water so you can see abundant, colorful wildlife. Reefs offer a more diverse view of fish than sandy bottom areas. Water should be calm because snorkeling in choppy water is challenging and not much fun. Learn more about Kauai's best snorkeling beaches (click "Show Me" + "Snorkeling" when you visit this link).

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