This thrilling experience allows divers to observe Hawaii’s underwater nightlife at its best. See octopus, eels, lobsters, sleeping turtles, and more in the dark!
Kauai North Shore Tunnels Dive
Experienced Certified Divers (NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2019)
- Certified Diver
- CERT NEW
Dive the popular North Shore Tunnels Reef
*** DUE TO FLOODING ON THE NORTH SHORE OF KAUAI AND NEW RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING FOR DIVERS, TUNNELS DIVES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2019.
But not to worry…we have collapsed lava tubes on the South Shore along with a LOT more marine life to see and enjoy! Please call our office to discuss the options: 808.742.7422
All dives with Kauai Down Under include:
- Guaranteed small and personalized groups of 6 divers or less!
- Detailed site and marine biology briefings before every dive!
- Delicious snacks and cold beverages!
- All pricing includes all equipment!
North Shore Kauai Scuba Diving
The most popular north shore dive site is called Tunnels Reef. This reef is located approximately 15 minutes past Hanalei on a beautiful white sand beach with stunning Bali Hai views. We set up all of your equipment close to the water in a comfortable shaded setting with carpet, chairs, and an ice chest full of refreshments and snacks. Tunnels Reef is a wall dive that is located just steps from the waters’ edge.
The reef itself is an ancient lava flow full of cracks, crevices, and large caverns that spiral through the reef. We have both an inner and an outer reef, which makes Tunnels Reef perfect for a two-tank experience.
This site is known for having some of the best topography on the entire island. As divers, we can venture through the lava formations that are full of sunlight and have crystal clear visibility (only certified divers can go through overhead environments).
This site is famous for its topography as well as for the chance to see larger pelagic animals. The maximum depth here is 55 feet with an average bottom time of 45 minutes, depending upon air consumption. The dive time at Tunnels Reef is 8 a.m. We do not conduct afternoon dives at Tunnels Reef because it gets very windy and the visibility dramatically decreases.
The animals that we encounter at Tunnels Reef on a regular basis are large Hawaiian green sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, schooling barracuda, and a variety of silver jacks.
We also see spiny lobsters as well as different nudibranchs inside of the caverns. There is not much coral at this site as the main attraction is the lava tubes and tunnels that make up the formation of the reef itself.
We dive at Tunnels Reef Monday through Friday during the calm summer months, generally from May through September, conditions permitting. There is no diving allowed weekends or holidays at Tunnels Reef due to local regulations.