There was a time when you probably thought scuba diving was exclusively, truth is nothing else gets you as close to marine life and the aquatic underworld as scuba diving.

Across the globe, there are several notable locations for scuba diving, one of which is Kauai- the oldest and one of the most fascinating Islands in Hawaii. In fact, there are only a few places on earth that can match the majestic beauty and splendour that Kauai is known for. No wonder it is called the Garden Isle. The good thing is, this beauty is evident on land, atop the magnificent hills, at the beach and deep within the oceans and lakes. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here are the basics.


Many have had the opportunity to snorkel, but they find they long to stay and spend more time in the environment with the local wildlife. If you intend to go out on the ocean and take a dive in, Kauai presents a beautiful option as one of the most rugged scuba diving destinations in Hawaii and even beyond for both novice and experienced divers.

Why Kauai?

Kauai, with its neighbour Niihau, are a great scuba diving spot for many reasons. We can talk about their extraordinary underwater topography, crystal-clear visibility and amazing aquatic species that you’re likely to spot. If you do gain access to the privately owned ‘Forbidden Island’ Niihau, just 17 miles (27 km) from the coast of Kauai, you’re sure to find endangered species like the Hawaiian monk seal frolicking playfully in their protected habitat.

Monk seal and diver

Advanced divers can enjoy the more adventurous day trips between May and September each year. But if it’s your first time or you’re still learning the ropes, Kauai’s southern shores offer a great opportunity to explore the deep. The underwater terrain in Kauai is unique, with breathtaking sights like caverns and incredible lava tube formations, volcanic ridges, and other mind blowing terrains where you’ll typically find white-tip sharks, rainbow tropical fish and sea turtles. The longnose hawkfish and Hawaiian Turkeyfish are some of the micro critters that abound here too.

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Favourite spots for amazing scuba diving

  • Sheraton Caverns: This takes top spot for me for the simple fact that it is the most requested dive site in Kauai. With depths reaching 60 feet at some spots and little current, if any, this is a dive spot for divers of all experience levels. The site is off Poipu beach and diving from a boat is the most likely option for you. You’re sure to spot a sight of green sea turtles and blue-stripe snappers as you swim through the exotic, sunlit caverns.


  • Vertical Awareness: If you’ve never spotted a Hawaiian monk seal, taking a dive at the Vertical Awareness may just be your best chance. There are just over 1,000 of these rare mammals left on earth and many them are found here. The impressive clarity and jaw-dropping underwater landscape, coupled with sheer drop-offs are some of the highlights of this adventure. Giant trevally, Sandbar sharks and rock-boring urchins are other sights you won’t miss.


  • Turtle Bluffs-Fish Bowl-General Store: There is an order to this last spot on our list and it is due to prevailing currents. Sometimes, the reverse is the case. These three are done as a drift dive and you’re sure to be rewarded with sights of caves and overhangs, as well as lots of fish, with some sharks, turtles and black coral trees in your way or gliding through.


Some Scuba Diving Services in Kauai

Seasport Divers offers great trips to beautiful locations in Kauai, including the forbidden Island of Niihau.


Kauai Down Under Scuba is popular among expert divers and first time adventurers as well.


Bubbles Below Scuba Charters offers amazing scuba diving services across the three major areas of Kauai, Niihau, and Na Pali.


Garden Isle Divers are big on paying detailed attention to each driver and like to travel with small teams of divers. They are also crazy about fun and adventure.


Explore Kauai Scuba, LLC is another which promises the time of a lifetime, 6 divers (or less) at a time.




If you have a close relationship with a diver, finding the right gift for your them can be as hard as finding a ghost shark, there’s so much to choose from.


Here are 6 gifts that are sure to make your diver’s heart sink.

Specialty Courses

Diving takes a brave soul and it certainly takes sharp skills to go under water. Keep your diving companion sharp by treating them to a specialty course is one of the most enriching things you can do. Specialty courses include but are not limited to, navigation, stress and rescue, deep diving, night and limited visibility and beyond. Most areas offer some sort of diving courses so research what’s available in your area.

Underwater Photography

There are plenty of choices, but depending on the divers experience and your budget, choosing a camera will take research. One good underwater shot can really complete a diver’s career, so a good camera will go a long way. Underwater cameras and lenses range in size and size is important when diving down in the water. The Underwater Photography Guide is a resourceful website in guiding shoppers.

Dive with the Great Whites

If you’re diver is braver than most and takes Shark Week very seriously, than an experience gift certificate to dive with the Great White sharks may be the catch of the day. This experience gift makes for a great birthday gift and will certainly be an odyssey they will remember forever. Diving with sharks is not an easy fete but the divers out there who have a passion for this prehistoric and powerful shark will have an experience of a lifetime.

Solar Powered Charger

With long hours spent away from shore, the avid diver still needs some way to communicate with family and friends or to post on their blog if they have one.  A solar powered charger can provide a failsafe way for all of the devices that the diver needs to be charged up and ready for use when they are needed.  Find out how to choose the best solar powered charger here.

Go Pro Underwater Camera

This is one of the most sought after items that a diver wants to get his hands on.  This is a way for a diver to communicate his experience to another person who does not dive.  A Go Pro offers the opportunity to share footage of a dive.  If you have a diver in your life that does not have a Go Pro you should try to understand the intricacies of this equipment so that you can make an informed choice if you decide to purchase a Go Pro.

H20 Odyssey Go Bag

This is a waterproof case that keeps all of the diver’s items dry.  These bags are available in several sizes and will protect items on a dive of up to 100 feet below the surface.  This is the perfect way to protect a smartphone or other electronic device, especially if they are going to take it along with them on a dive.

Don’t dive into the latest fads and trends for the ideal gift—especially if you’re shopping for someone who prefers to spend time underwater.  Just hold your breath, think, and then let this guide help you.


Kristin Kirk



Hi, what is the difference between a cavern and a cave in the ocean – when scuba diving?

Do you need special skills for both?

I assume you are diving!

PADI cosider a cavern to be the area of an overhead environment Continued…



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I am planning a trip to Thailand for this coming November and need to plan accommodations.

The first 4 or 5 days will be at The Cliff and River Jungle Resort outside the Kao Sok National Park. This is where we are attending a wedding and we are not flexible on this part of the trip. Everything that follows we are flexible. When we leave there, we are considering going to Koh Lanta (Relax Bay Resort). Continued…



It will be in the mountains, pretty cool as weather goes, 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the hottest, except when we go to the Bio Reserve where it is hot and humid. . There will be scuba diving in caves and exploring Mayan ruins with an archeologist. Lots of water recreation and jungle tours.

I don't know if people in the US would trust sending there teens into the jungles, or for that matter if the kids would want to go to such a thing… Oh yeah, there is a Wal-Mart 30 minutes away… So there is civilization close.

They listen to a lot of music to… Just added that so it would fit the more popular category…
This is a summer camp in Southern Mexico..

Why would it be scary? Sounds like a fun adventure as long as there would be "responsible adults" going along.
Oh yeah…don't drink the water.

p.s. youre cute! 😉



travel space and see another plant/moon/star
visit africa
go underwater cave diving
visit the pyramids of egypt
safe an edangered species
study wildlife in the amazonian rainforest
go scuba diving Continued…



I’m a new diver and looking to purchase my own gear. I know how everyone has different things to look for, but seriously need to hear a couple of brand names or models.

I am completely landlocked working for six months at a time in the oilfield in the Canadian north, so local dive shops don’t exist for me. I will be in Toronto for 24hrs this winter on my way down to Cozumel and would like to buy some gear. I plan on doing recreational open water diving down to 130 feet max, and possibly trying some basic, beginner caves. About 50% of my diving will be done in fresh water lakes all well above freezing temperatures.

I have tried Scubapro Twin Jet Max fins, and Atomic Aquatics Smoke on the water and find they are both very comfortable. I would get the Atomics because they feel a tiny bit better, but am told that all split fins stink in a current. (Cozumel). Any advice?

Masks, snorkels, wetsuit, boots and computer I am comfortable choosing myself.

I see an overwhelming amount of people on scuba forums say that they have switched to the backplate/wing style BC after a little experience and have decided just to start with it. I am considering the Scubapro Knighthawk, what do you think?

What would be one of the best regs/octos for recreational diving? Am looking at the Atomic Aquatics and Scubapro pages. I’m not concerned about cost, but don’t want something I don’t need. Just looking for the best gear that a purely recreational diver could use, and possibly do an easy beginner’s cave dive in.

How about good high quality gauges?

There is enough cut and dry data in Scubalab to pick the correct computer for myself. Reg/octo, gauges and fins are my biggest concerns.

BTW: I am not going to buy my gear online, will support my ‘local’ dive shop 1500km away in Toronto, my home away from home, but have found talking to them that they only advise me to buy whatever brands the happen to stock. Just want some straight talk from some experienced dive folk.

Thanks very much to everyone who has read this!

Also, can anyone recommend a good scuba magazine besides Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine? I already subscribe.

Go Maple Leafs!

Hehe…Go LEAFS:)
Okies, for starters how "new" a diver are you? You'll want your advanced for what you plan on doing in Coz for some of the walls but most of your dives there will be much shallower and in the 40-70 foot range.
Current you won't be fighting. You'll lose. It's all drift diving down there. Plan to be where you have to be to see what you want, well in advance. That current is a ripper. The cenotes are an awesome dive. Carwash and Grand being the popular ones. You shouldn't have any trouble finding a decent dive shop that will provide a DM to give you an intro into cavern diving but you'll have to take the ferry from Coz as the cenotes are in and around the Mayan Riviera. It's a day trip there and back with two dives and a little jungle gear humping at Car wash cenote and a lot of it at Grand cenote. Watch your step on the stairway. Gravity can hurt.
Now, on to equipment.
There are three dive shops worth their salt in the greater Toronto area. AquaSub in Richmond Hill, Colt Creek Diving in Newmarket ( my fav) and also in Newmarket, The Dive Shop. Also in the area is Scuba 2000, Richmond Hill. They can be pricey to cover their advertising costs and in my opinion, they are also the diver version of a puppy mill for training but…just my opinion and their bad luck for having a higher fatality ratio than the others to my knowledge. Karma?
Fins: The jury is out on to go split or traditional blade. It's a personal thing. You'll just have to try both. For example, I have a kick style that when used with splits…gets me no place fast. With my Blades…I leave the split guys in my wake and I find my manoeuvrability is better in tight spots or frogging. You'll just have to figure out which fins work better for you by asking to borrow a set of both and using them in the same conditions.
BCs: The Knighthawk is an excellent back inflation and will last you a long time. Pretty user friendly, has the D rings in the right places and more than enough lift and decent pockets. The ability to trim it out is a bonus on the surface. If you don't plan on going tech, this BC is a good choice.
Regs: All the major manufacturers make good regs. I'm surprised that I didn't see Apeks in your list though.
You'll need to do a little pre planning in this department though. Will you go Nitrox? Not all regs come factory ready for Nitrox. Some can't even be used for Nitrox at all. The one thing you need to make sure of, given on where you plan to dive (here) is that you'll want an environmentally sealed first stage in whatever reg set you decide on. Costs more but after you've had your first freeze and free flow in a non environmental, you'll wish you'd spent the money. The water you're in may not be freezing, but the air at the surface sometimes is, or nearly so on a November or March dive in the Great Lakes area. As for "toys" like second stage adjustments. Up to you. I find no need of them and actually see divers getting into trouble with them. An added distraction and I can't count how many times that pre dive / dive selector has messed up someones dive. Lots. How many free flows have I ever had? None on old Sherwoods, Mares or my newer Apeks. My Mares second makes the rounds between all of these first stages. No toys, no problem and in some pretty demanding conditions. Having said that I'll probably have one up in Muskoka next week end (touch wood, bet I jinxed myself now and the cracking valve shoots my buddy in the butt)
Ports…make sure your first has enough ports. Want to add a sending unit later for a fancy integrated computer or a whip for a dry suit? Need ports. Dedicated lift bag inflater? Ports and more ports.
If you're getting into wreck diving later, you'll want a low profile first stage or one that you can invert mount. Less to snag on a interior rail ( dunnit…not good and you can be hooked for a scary minute).
Gauges? OMS all the way. I've had others fail but never an OMS.

Magazines: Rodales is the most comprehensive in subject matter. It also tends to be one sided depending on that month's advertisers. Sometimes you have to shake your head and wonder why they bothered to write an article when the condensed version is in the back in the form of an ad. If you have a peek in a Chapters store, you'll find they have Sport Diver ( PADI's attempt at not being biased) and one from the UK I get on occasion simply called Diver. When you hit a Toronto area dive shop, look around for a newsprint quality mag called Northern Diver I believe. Only seen one or two issues but the articles were geared toward our kind of diving and Canadian sport diving industry news.
And finally…high five!!!! Buying from a dive shop is just so much better than rolling the dice on internet sales. It'll fit, you can easily get service for the gear and it can actually cost less in the long run. I get a 15% discount automatically for any purchase and never need to pay for air because of customer loyalty. Besides…who are you going to hoist a beer with on a Friday night planning your Saturday dives after a dive shop visit ? Your computer? Nahhh.
One last note that ties in both buying at a dive shop and your choice of gear. You get to put it all together before you pay for it. Handy if you find that your first stage's orientation interferes with maybe the grab handle on the BC for example or the often heard "darn it…I thought that clip would be easier to operate, should have thought about my gloves" before the old Pay Pal investment. Then there's also the " crap…the pic on the web site looked like that BC knife sheath would fit on my shoulder strap". Nice to find out these things in the shop and not in your living room if it arrived by courier a piece at a time. Granted, there can be some deals to be found on decent stuff that's not life support, but it's tough slogging.




It will be in the mountains, pretty cool as weather goes, 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the hottest, except when we go to the Bio Reserve where it is hot and humid. . There will be scuba diving in caves and exploring Mayan ruins with an archeologist. Lots of water recreation and jungle tours.

I don't know if people in the US would trust sending there teens into the jungles, or for that matter if the kids would want to go to such a thing… Oh yeah, there is a Wal-Mart 30 minutes away… So there is civilization close.

If the camp is organised by a reputable organisation, yeah, I'd send them. Just check out the organisation with google. I've had dealings with the American Field Service. They send kids to rough places like Russia and Central America and their safety record is excellent.



1)  If given the opportunity, would you take up scuba diving as a sport or profession?

2) Would you accept an invitation to go scuba diving in the open ocean? Continued…



This video is from our recent trip to Belize and the scuba diving at the famous Blue Hole. Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. Continued…



An early video shot at Devil’s Cave at Ginnie Springs in Florida. Divers are Scotty Wernette and Don Costanza. Shot by Brandon Schwartz using a Digital 8 (Sony TRV350) cam.

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