Snorkel Tours Kauai: 3 of the Best Adventures

December 16, 2022

The ultimate snorkeling adventure awaits on the island of Kauai! Explore hidden sea caves, and interact with monk seals, playful dolphins, and colorful schools of fish!

Follow along as we share some of the best snorkeling tours in Kauai! You'll also learn about other aquatic adventures led by top-notch tour operators.

It’s no secret that Kauai has some of the best snorkeling conditions in the entire world. Visitors are eager to experience the island’s colorful tropical fish and sea life year-round, from the popular south shore to the more scenic Na Pali Coast.

Keep reading as we do a deep dive into Kauai's best snorkeling tour experiences!

3 of the Best Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Kauai Sea Tours Deluxe Na Pali Snorkel Cruise Aboard the Lucky Lady

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for a 6-hour Na Pali Coast tour! You will hop aboard the Lucky Lady, a custom-built catamaran that features a spacious main deck, cushioned cabin, and shaded open-air seating plus an upper observation deck.

A comfortable and exciting cruise will take you on one of the best snorkeling tour Kauai. Na Pali Coast is home to some of the most pristine snorkeling spots, and you won’t find the likes of Na Pali scenery anywhere else. However, you won’t be able to visit this side of the island without booking snorkel tours Kauai like Kauai Sea Tours Deluxe Na Pali Snorkel Cruise Aboard the Lucky Lady. After all, Na Pali is also known as the “Forbidden Island” because it is generally off-limits to the public.

Aside from snorkeling to your heart’s content, spend the entire day viewing towering sea cliffs, waterfalls, sea caves, pristine beaches, and the remote wild coastline. In addition, you will have ample opportunities to encounter pods of spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and humpback whales if the season is right.

Kauai Sea Tours Snorkel AdventureKauai Sea Tours - Na Pali Half-Day Raft Snorkel Adventure

Exploring the remote waters of the Na Pali Coast is typically a whole-day affair. However, if you’re pressed for time, you can visit the beautiful Na Pali Coast on a half-day tour. Kauai Sea Tours - Na Pali Half-Day Raft Snorkel Adventure is one of the best half-day snorkeling tour Kauai. This tour takes you on a 5 to 5.5-hour adventure to experience the best of the best that Na Pali has to offer.

This exciting half-day rafting experience will take you on a ride around one of the best reefs on Kauai. If the weather permits, the raft will take you to Nu`alolo Kai, which is inaccessible by land and can only be reached by small vessels, like the one you’ll be riding on. Swim with green sea turtles, playful dolphins, and schools of fish that aren’t normally seen in shallower water.

After a half-day of snorkeling and fun under the sun, witness excellent sunset views and end this perfect day of adventure with unparalleled photo opportunities.

Bubbles Below Kauai Scuba Tour

If you’re a certified scuba diver, you’re looking for a certifiable awesome scuba experience. Bubbles Below Kauai Scuba Tour is one of the best Kauai snorkel tours for you. This is ideal for groups who want to experience Kauai’s underwater adventures together.

This 5-hour tour is composed of a small group of divers who will be led by an experienced local naturalist who is familiar with Hawaiian waters and their residents. You will be able to explore more of Kauai’s underwater hidden gems, many of which wouldn’t be accessible if you didn't explore with the scuba team.

For scuba divers, gear rentals are available for an additional fee. Snorkeling gears are free. And if you want to get high-quality photos without spending time taking them yourself, this scuba and snorkel tour offers a divemaster who will shoot the shots you want using a Sea Life DC2000 camera and flash system, which is one of the best underwater cameras on the market.

underwater shot of turtle with scubadivers in background at Bubbles Below Kauai Scuba Tour in Kauai, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Bubbles Below Scuba Charters via Facebook

More Kauai Sea Tours You Will Enjoy

Snorkeling is a popular and must-do activity in Kauai, but there are tons more you can do for a memorable vacation. Check out additional tours by one of the island’s top tour operators, Kauai Sea Tours!

Kauai Sea Tours Na Pali Sightsee Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Lucky Lady

Kauai is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset. Everywhere you lay your eyes, the golden glow of the setting sun just makes Kauai’s majestic mountain peaks and coastline looks even more enchanting. And it’s even more romantic aboard a catamaran while being eating a local-style dinner that screams authentic Hawaii.

At Kauai Sea Tours Na Pali Sightsee Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Lucky Lady, you will spend 4 magical hours enjoying a 3-course dinner while admiring that special afternoon light in the midst of the majestic Na Pali Coast. It’s not often that you get to dine in the middle of emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges tower above the Pacific Ocean, but you get to do it with this amazing tour.

a semi front view of a sailing white yacht where tourist are enjoying the view of Kauai sea

photo credit: Kauai Sea Tours via Facebook

Kauai Sea Tours - Whale Watch Catamaran Cocktail Cruise

Dreaming of seeing a pod of humpback whales and spinner dolphins? When the timing is right, you’ll have ample opportunities to see them up close in Kauai’s waters!

Kauai Sea Tours - Whale Watch Catamaran Cocktail Cruise is a popular tour from December to March since these are the months when you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic koholā or humpback whale. These gentle giants migrate to the warm and calm Hawaiian waters to mate and give birth to new calves.

While aboard the spacious, multi-deck catamaran, enjoy ​​a delicious appetizer assortment, complete with soft drinks, beer, wine, and Hawaii’s signature Mai Tai.

a stunning image of a blue whale flipping through the air in a vast ocean.

photo credit: Kauai Sea Tours via Facebook

Kauai Sea Tours - Whale Watch Discovery Tour

Whale watching is a popular activity in Kauai from December to March; this is peak migration or sometimes referred to as Humpback Whale season. Although the typical way to go on a whale-watching adventure is aboard a yacht or bigger boat tours, it’s definitely an exciting experience to ride the waves on a raft.

With the Kauai Sea Tours - Whale Watch Discovery Tour, look forward to a close encounter with gentle giants and playful dolphins, sometimes eye to eye, as they delight you with their acrobatics. In addition, your will experience a scenic boat ride aboard a rigid-hull inflatable raft, also called a Navy Seals raft.

However, since the waves can be rough, Kauai Sea Tours recommends only guests able to be jostled a bit and hold on to the raft during big waves. For this reason, children must be over the age of 7 years old, and expecting mothers are highly discouraged to take this tour.

Kauai Beachfront Hotels

If snorkeling is on top of your Kauai must-do activity, it’s an ideal decision to stay in a beachfront hotel. With world-class amenities and room rates to fit any budget, you'll rest easy at night after your fun in the sun!

These Kauai hotels are located in front of some of the best beaches in Kauai. Take a peek at a few of our favorite Kauai hotels and resorts!

A photograph of a resort and spa taken near sunset, with the pool, large yard, and building visible. 

photo credit: Kauai Beach Resort & Spa via Facebook

The Ultimate Kauai Vacation Package

However long your stay on the Garden Isle, there are many magical places to explore! See as much of this beautiful island and save more at the same time when you book a Kauai Vacation Package on Tripster.

Book the tropical hotel of your dreams, secure tickets to a grand luau, and schedule that once-in-a-lifetime Kauai island tour! The possibilities are endless.

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Nicole sitting on rocks with waves in background

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