Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities for individuals and families during their vacations on the beautiful island of Kauai. With our location alongside Poipu Beach, Koloa Landing® Resort offers immediate access to some of the best snorkeling locations on the island, and throughout all of Hawaii. Here, you’ll find a quick guide to help you discover the best time to snorkel in Kauai.

One general rule of thumb you can use as a guide is that a combination of high tide and high sun will offer the best visibility and the best conditions for snorkeling. Low tide and low or limited sun will offer reduced visibility during your snorkeling excursions.

As such, late morning and early afternoon snorkeling is typically the best time of the day, when you pair that with the schedule of the tides.  Early morning snorkeling also tends to offer great results, and many species of fish and marine life are most active in these hours. So if you can go on a clear day in the early morning with a good tide, you should be in luck as well.

Of course, sometimes the conditions will have more of an effect on your viewing experience than the time of the day. Rough seas will stir up sand and debris, and obscure your vision, and of course when the seas really get choppy, you won’t want to be caught snorkeling in the water in any case.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be snorkeling during a plankton spawn, you’ll end up with reduced visibility and clarity as well, but that’s not something that you can really control. The time of the year, the direction of ocean currents and swells, and a huge array of other factors also will have a hand in your snorkeling experience.

At Koloa Landing® Resort, we’re here to help give you the best vacation experience possible. So you don’t have to worry about when and where to go snorkeling. Talk to our concierge and let us help you, and we’ll fill you in on all of the details to help ensure that you have a wonderful time during your vacation and get to enjoy some truly world class snorkeling.  Our on-site Kama’aina Surf & Sport Beach Club also has all of the snorkeling equipment and gear that you need, and you can even decide to go on a guided snorkeling adventure.