Get away from the shore and experience some of the most abundant marine life on Kauai! From topography dives with caverns, collapsed lava tubes and other underwater formations to pristine reefs, you’re sure to get your fill of amazing dive sites!
South Shore Dive
Dive at Popular Koloa Landing!
- Two Tank Dive Certified Diver, per person + tax
One-of-a-Kind Shore Dive in Kauai
Yes, this dive is from the shore…but not your stereotypical, run-of-the-mill shore dive. With very easy entry and exit, short surface swim and lots of unique and plentiful marine life, the most popular south shore dive site is called Koloa Landing.
This is a shore dive located in very protected Hanaka’ape Bay, which is typically sheltered from surf, wind, and chop. The entry and exit point is a convenient former boat ramp that we use to access the reef.
There is very little surface swimming involved, as the dive site begins just steps off the ramp. We set up all of your equipment close to the water in a comfortable setting complete with chairs and an ice chest full of refreshments and snacks.
Koloa Landing is known as a colorful dive, full of vibrant stony corals as well as a huge abundance of marine life. The large horseshoe-shaped bay allows us to dive into two distinct areas, perfect for a two-tank excursion.
The maximum depth at this site is approximately 50 feet (Depending on the tide) with an average bottom time of 45 minutes, depending on air consumption. We offer both morning and afternoon dives. Mornings are typically very calm on the south shore of Kauai with trade winds possible to pick-up for the early afternoon, but because of the protected cove this site is in, diving either time should be relatively the same regarding the water conditions. The afternoon can be warmer while on the surface with the direct sun and no shade.
The animals we encounter at Koloa Landing on a regular basis are: Hawaiian green sea turtles, up to seven species of moray eels (including the rare dragon eel), leaf and devil scorpionfish, octopus, hermit crabs, a variety of invertebrates (cone snails, auger snails, helmet snails, shrimp, sea stars, urchins), and hundreds of tropical fish!
We also have a pair of Hawaiian scarlet cleaner shrimp who will hop right into your mouth if you let them to clean your teeth! This is their job for the fish living on the reef!
On rare occasions, we are lucky enough to encounter frogfish, dolphins, spotted eagle rays and even the elusive reef or Galapagos shark. During the months of December through April, we are also fortunate to hear the sound of Humpback whales singing during our dives here.
Let our professional staff show you the true beauty and magic of Koloa Landing!