NOTES: Southwest of Lihue and southeast of Koloa on Kauai, the snorkeling at Kawailoa Beach is truly an exceptional experience in a beautiful location. The best snorkeling in Kawailoa Bay is to the left or east side along the rocks.
To reach the Kawailoa Beach snorkeling from Koloa, head east on Weliweli Road. Stay to the left and continue east on Mahaulepu Road which eventually turns into a rough dirt road. A 4WD vehicle is recommended. There is a gate which may be closed on certain days. Continue following the main, open ungated roads leading to the right and eventually down to a large parking area. You can park here, or turn northeast on the smaller dirt road leading right to Kawailoa Beach.
Before snorkeling at Kawailoa Beach, make sure to check the current surf report. The waters off Kauai are known for potentially strong currents, high surf and rogue waves. Luckily, there are excellent up-to-date surf reports that can provide guidance on these adverse conditions. In addition to changing surf conditions, a Kawailoa Beach snorkeling dive may expose you to sharp coral reefs and you may encounter sharks, such as whitetip reef sharks, galapagos sharks and tiger sharks.
For more details on Kawailoa Beach snorkeling, we highly recommend the Kauai Snorkeling Guide eBook.
Additional printed reading material on Kawailoa Beach snorkeling
can be found in Snorkel Kauai
by from Judy Malinowski.