Princeville Hotel Beach Snorkeling

The 13th most popular snorkel dive spot in Kauai.

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Northeast of Hanalei on Kauai, the snorkeling at Princeville Hotel Beach (Puu Poa Beach) is known for its good reefs and average snorkel experience. If you're lucky, when snorkeling off Puu Poa Beach, you may encounter goatfish, barracuda, parrotfish, white tipped reef sharks and, the much less frequent green sea turtles.

The best snorkeling off Princeville Beach is heading out one of the channels, such as on the south end of the beach. At low tide, the reefs are pretty shallow, so finding channels is important. For the most part, the visibility of the water close to shore is pretty poor. The visibility get better the further out you head. Also, from September through May, the surf off Ke'e Beach is affected by seasonal northwest swells that kickup the large waves and generate strong currents so make sure to exercise caution.

To reach the snorkeling in Kauai by air, fly into the Lihue airport (LIH). There are direct flights from Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu. While most visitors to the island rent a car, it is possible to use the public bus but keep in mind that its small and slow. Plus, most of the main snorkeling beaches are well off the bus route requiring some hiking. If you do rent a car, make sure to leave the inside empty when at the beach to avoid attracting break-ins. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs.

To reach the snorkeling at Princeville Hotel Beach, head west on Kuhio Highway (SR56) through Kapa'a towards Hanalei. At Princeville, turn right heading north on Ka Haku Road into Princeville Resort for 2 miles to the end of the road. The public parking is just prior to the main Princeville Hotel parking lot. There is room for only 8 or so cars, so make sure to arrive very early. Alternately, if you're willing to buy a lunch, you can use the Princeville Resort Hotel valet parking which is complementary with beach bar lunch purchase. By the way, there are two other dive sites nearby including Hideaways Beach and Queen Emmas Bath.

From the parking area, cross the main road and look for the public trail before the guard shack leading southwest towards the golf course and eventually down 150+ stairs to the beach.

Before snorkeling at Princeville Hotel 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. WIth the usually rolling surf, it is strongly discouraged to use open-tube snorkels which are common at snorkel rental locations -- only use snorkels with a dry-top splash-guard and a sump purge-valve in the mouth piece. In addition to changing surf conditions, a Princeville Hotel 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. Most snorkeling shark attacks in Hawaiian waters tend to occur near spear-fishing snorkelers, so be aware of the activities of others in the water.

Overall, Princeville Hotel Beach is the 13th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 23 snorkeling dives in Kauai. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Princeville Hotel Beach including Sea Lodge Beach, Anini Beach, Hideaways Beach and Queen Emmas Bath.


Local Contact(s):  Hawaii Visitors (808) 245-3971; Kauai Weather (808) 245-6001; Pedal N Paddle (gear shop), Hanalei (808) 826-9069.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkel Kauai" from Judy Malinowski

Recommended Map:  "Kauai Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Anini Beach Park Campground (808) 828-1421

Luxury Loding:  Princeville Hotel, Princeville; Hanalei Colony Resort, Haena

Breakfast Restaurant:  Wakeup Hanalei Cafe; Java Kai, Hanalei

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Princeville Hotel Beach Snorkeling Review

GPS:  22.219345, -159.498178

Date Published:  12/24/2011

Date Updated:  4/30/2018

ID:  23005

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