Witness underwater majesty, snorkeling here in Kauai is pure delight. The water temperature is an always perfect 78 to 80 degrees. Amazingly clear water abounds, except for wave turbulence causing tiny bubbles and whirling sand, The best snorkel time is sunny early morning, when the sea is calm.
I’m using my new ten-dollar underwater camera, almost daily. Careful not to waste my shots, as I have to buy film and pay for developing. Wal-Mart in Lihue was used for processing. A week later, in this digital age of immediate gratification I picked up my less than perfect results. Disappointed with their quality, but happy that at least I can document just a bit of my experience. I believe if I buy the more expensive higher speed film it may make a difference in the low light picture quality. I’ll try it next roll.
The best snorkeling by far has been in Poipu. The public beach and snorkeling areas are well-marked and we had no problem parking. Poipu is very touristy, not the kind of place I usually hang out, but I love to snorkel with the turtles and the monk seals like to stop there too for a rest on the beach.
We brought our own snorkel gear purchased from the clearance rack at Kmart in Sidney, NY. both setups for under $10.00. But we could have just bought some here. Inexpensive gear is found all over, Kmart, Wal-Mart and even in the grocery stores. The best buy would have to be garage sales, lots of good quality gear and especially fins, mostly for just a buck.
I’ve found the best viewing of turtles to be in the very shallow water, only about 1-2 feet deep It’s amazing all of the abundant life you encounter in the shallows.
When the water is a little rough, I can put on quite a show trying to get into the water and get my fins on while being bounced along the rocks, fins in the air, tumbling in the surf, desperately hanging onto my gear. A most graceful sight indeed.