If you’re in search of the best Kauai snorkel tours, you will not be disappointed by Nā Pali Riders and our Kauai Snorkel Tours on the Nā Pali Coast. Kauai is surrounded by amazing coral reefs, teeming with fish, corals, and other marine wildlife. The Hawaiian waters are warm and inviting, making wetsuits optional.
When the ocean is safe, Nā Pali Riders is able to anchor the raft in a secluded bay on the Nā Pali Coast, away from the crowds of other Kauai boat tour companies who visit the Nā Pali Coast. You will get to experience Kauai snorkel tours of a vast, undersea kingdom.
Warning: Our tours operate year-round, yet high surf or murky waters (due to excessive rain) may prevent snorkeling from being a part of your Napali Coast Raft Tour. Do not participate in snorkeling during your tour if you are a non-swimmer.
Kauai snorkel tours are amazing because you get to snorkel along the edge of a coral reef, allowing you to be amongst an abundance of sea creatures in their natural habitat. The corals are alive, and have built up the reef over millions of years, layer upon layer. The colors are subtle hues of pinks, blues, and yellows. Sea life commonly seen on Kauai snorkel tours are the parrotfish (uhu), sea urchins (wana), sea cucumbers (loli), octopus (he’e), unicornfish (Kala), yellow butterflyfish (lauhau and lauwiliwili), wrasses, and the Hawaii state fish, the reef triggerfish (humuhumunukunukuāpua’a).
Kauai Snorkel Tours FAQs
Do you provide snorkel equipment?
Yes, complimentary snorkel equipment is provided on each of our rafting tours. You’ll get a mask, snorkel, and fins.
How long do you stop to snorkel for?
We generally snorkel for around 30-45 minutes.
Where do you stop to snorkel?
There are several spots to snorkel at on the Na Pali Coast. The captain will choose the best place to snorkel at, in respect to the ocean conditions and water clarity that day. If conditions prove to be too rough and/or unsafe on the Na Pali, we opt to snorkel at another area nearby.
Do you recommend an underwater camera?
You never know what you’re going to see, so this is a good idea, but definitely not mandatory. Na Pali Riders will take photos and video of each day’s rafting tour, which is available for purchase at the end of the tour.
What if I’m not a strong swimmer?
Well, this is definitely not place to learn to swim. If you’re unsure about your swimming capabilities, you can always hang out on the boat with the captain and crew while the rest of the group is snorkeling. You may also strap on a mask, hold on to our ladder, and put your head in the water to see what’s swimming around the boat.