Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
02/16/2015 3.89 Koloa Landing Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
My wife and I chose to have our first shore dive experience here when we were told by the dive shops that this is where we would be taken anyway. Our first day was private and to ourselves, the second day was much busier. We rented weights and tanks, entered the water and immediately saw several turtles, an eagle ray, a rockfish, and many other beautiful fish! We went right (west?) on the first dive, straight out to Sheraton Caverns on the next dive (VERY far swim!) and our final dive was left. All dives had whale song for a soundtrack! Easy to get in, drop gear and park; easy to get out, a gradual boat launch is the access; bars and restaurants are close by for an after-dive Mai Tai. The dive operators we encountered were friendly and non-territorial; the coral was not bright but teemed with life; the ocean was clear of trash and litter. A very fun dive!
02/16/2015 3.39 Sheraton Caverns Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
My wife and I parked and scoped out the entry from a public parking area and decided the surf was too high and the shore too rocky to safely attempt. We had dived Koloa Landing earlier and being strong swimmers (My wife does Ironman races) we decided to try the long swim out from the Koloa entry. The swim out was long, the swim back was tricky as the surf came up and boat traffic increased; there and back again was over an hour total, but the caverns were well worth the effort! The coral was not vibrant but the turtles were plentiful! Sleeping turtles, lots of fish, eels, and the song of humpback whales serenaded us the entire time! We swam through the bigger bridges and tunnels, constantly looking up for whales (and sharks). We would not swim out from Koloa Landing again; I would not recommend it and I feel lucky we even found Sheraton Caverns and had the energy to dive 60', but the site is wonderful!