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Seasport Divers - Dive Ni'ihau

This is a three tank, full day diving adventure for the experienced and certified diver only. Ni'ihau Island lies 17 miles southwest of Kauai. The northern tip of Ni'ihau and the crater at nearby Lehua Rock are dive sites that are considered to be the ultimate in Hawaiian diving.

This adventure begins at 6 am with the boat trip from Kauai's south shore. The 17-mile crossing takes about 2.5 hours. Breakfast is served as the view of Ni'ihau Island grows closer and closer. The morning's first dive is a deep one, typically Vertical Awareness or Keyhole, a 280-foot wall and lava shelf that’s home to reef fish, octopus, lobsters and monk seals. At a depth of about 100 feet with unlimited visibility, this dive is short but spectacular.

A regularly frequented second dive site is known as Super Highways. Maximum depth for this dive is 60-80 feet and the prominent feature is the towering lava formation resembling a highway super structure. White tip reef sharks, octopus, tiger cowries and enormous yellow margin eels as well as numerous small caves and swim-thrus make this location a virtual playground for divers. While the divers are down on this dive, our captain is busy preparing lunch so the next surface interval is a long one.

With sites to choose from like the Drive-Through Cave or a drift along Lehua Rock, the third dive of the day is never a disappointment. Shallow and relaxed is the theme of this dive with a maximum depth of 40-50 feet. The currents and waves are often on the rise at this time of the day, but under the water is still the place to be.

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)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Light breakfast, large lunch, snacks, water and juice
  • 3 tanks, computer, weights, wetsuit, mask and fins
  • Guided tour led by PADI, SSI or NAUI diving instructor
  • Thorough briefing that includes information about the marine life you can expect to see during your dive

Nitrox, BCD and regulator is available for an extra fee.

You must be certified to dive.

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

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Special Instructions
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.
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.
Minimum age to participate is 15 years.

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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