Kauai Scuba Diving

Seasport Divers - Dive Ni'ihau

You must be certified for this dive.

Attention experienced and seasoned divers! Enjoy a full day and three tanks Kauai Scuba Diving Adventure prepared especially for you on the Island of Ni’ihau, nicknamed “The Forbidden Island!” Tourists are not allowed to visit this off beaten island leaving minimal human disturbance on the ocean environment ensuring an abundance of sea creatures. Sitting next to Ni’ihau is Lehua Rock, a dive site that provides the greatest Kauai scuba diving. Expect to discover amazing wall dives, mammoth caves, colorful fish, soaring lava pillars, and unlimited visibility during your scuba diving exploration off the coast of Ni’ihau. The Forbidden Island, Ni’ihau, is seventeen miles off the southwest coast of Kauai and is the smallest inhabited island. Lehua Rock’s underwater world is the home to a variety of marine life that consists of large schools of butterfly fish, spinner dolphins, monk seals, octopus, tiger cowries, lobster, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, sharks, and so much more! Ni’ihau is the best scuba diving site in Kauai and Buzz Hawaii will make sure this Kauai Scuba Diving Tour is added to your Hawaii vacation package. You can dive Ni’ihau and have an experience of a lifetime.

Ni’ihau is easy to get to from Kauai by way of the Kaulakahi Channel. The morning boat trip starts at 6:00am from Kauai’s South Shore traveling twenty miles for two and half hours. The ride is frequently clear and calm during the morning trip to Ni’ihau, but if you easily get sea-sick you may want to reconsider. When the view of Ni’ihau emerges, breakfast will be served. The first dive of the morning is short and deep which is typically at Vertical Awareness or Keyhole. The unlimited visibility is about a hundred feet deep so you can clearly see the schools of pennant fish cluster around the top of the 280 foot wall and lava shelves. This area is the home to pillow starfish, lobsters, octopus, monk seals, and reef fish.

Super Highways is the second dive site named for its towering lava formation that bears the resemblance to a super structure highway! Super Highway is a very popular dive location that is the home to a diverse group of marine creatures such as the tiger cowries, huge yellow margin eels, octopus, and white tip reef sharks. Scuba divers have a fantastic time discovering small dark caves and exploring the area while the Captain of the boat prepares a delicious lunch.

The third dive is a Drive-Through Cave or drift along Lehua Rock. This dive is shallow and a relaxing experience as the water level rises and the current increases, but under the water is still where you can find the action! At the completion of the third dive, it will be time to get ready for the return boat ride back to Kauai. As you relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the stunning sunset off the island of Ni’ihau.

Dive Ni'ihau with Seasport Divers provides 3 dives, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  (Summer Months only)

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Please download and fill out this required medical questionnaire and bring it with you to the dive.

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 tank dive near Hawaii's "Forbidden Isle" – Ni'ihau
  • Enjoy incredible wall dives, soaring lava pillars, enormous caves and spectacular visibility
  • Diverse marine life – you are likely to see spinner dolphins, butterflyfish, angelfish, spotted eagle rays, monk seals, octopus, lobster, tiger cowries and possibly manta rays and sharks (white tip reef, black tip reef and Galapagos)
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Where and When:
Check in at 6:00 am at Seasport Divers, 2827 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756 View Map
Tour returns to the Seasport Divers dive shop around 6:00 pm.
Bring your certification card.
You must be certified for this dive (certification card must be presented at check-in).
You must have completed at least 30 dives to participate in this tour.

There is a Medical Questionnaire that needs to be filled out and passed to participate in this scuba dive. If participant fails the Medical Questionnaire, a doctor must give a written statement (faxes are OK) that scuba activities are safe and allowed for this participant prior to going scuba diving.
Special Notes:
Passage across the Kaulakahi Channel, from Kauai to Ni'ihau and back, can be rough at the best of times. Seasport Divers' Ni'ihau trips are, therefore, only scheduled for the normally calmer period that runs from late spring through early autumn.
Operation Days:
Tuesdays and Fridays
11-12 hours
Seasport Divers Kauai
The Anela Kai is a custom-fitted PRO48 dive boat, U.S. Coast Guard certified for 42 passengers or 30 divers. However, Seasport Divers limits it to only 12 divers for their Niihau scuba diving tour. The vessel is equipped with two hot water showers, a 10-person observation deck, a large covered cabin and two ladders for easy ocean entry and exit.
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