Kauai South Shore Dive

Kauai South Shore Dive

Duration: Approx. 4 hours
One Tank Dive Certified Diver $125.50
Two Tank Dive Certified Diver $155.50 Ages: Ages 10+
Included: No Additional Charge For ANY Equipment!

One-of-a-Kind Shore Dive in Kauai

Dive at Koloa Landing, a colorful “U”-Shaped reef with vibrant stony corals and plentiful marine life with species like Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Frogfish, Scorpion Fish and many more!

Yes, this dive is from the shore…but not your stereotypical, run-of-the-mill shore dive. With very easy entry and exit, short surface swim and lots of unique and plentiful marine life, the most popular south shore dive site is called Koloa Landing.

This is a shore dive located in very protected Hanaka’ape Bay, which is typically sheltered from surf, wind, and chop. The entry and exit point is a convenient former boat ramp that we use to access the reef.

There is very little surface swimming involved, as the dive site begins just steps off the ramp. We set up all of your equipment close to the water in a comfortable setting complete with chairs and an ice chest full of refreshments and snacks.

Koloa Landing is known as a colorful dive, full of vibrant stony corals as well as a huge abundance of marine life. The large horseshoe-shaped bay allows us to dive into two distinct areas, perfect for a two-tank excursion.

The maximum depth here is approximately 50 feet with an average bottom time of 45 minutes, depending upon air consumption. Our dive times are 8 a.m., 1 p.m. or dusk. Mornings are typically calm on the south shore of Kauai with trade winds picking up in the early afternoon, so our morning dives are amazing.

The animals we encounter at Koloa Landing on a regular basis are: Hawaiian green sea turtles, up to seven species of moray eels (including the rare dragon eel), leaf and devil scorpionfish, octopus, hermit crabs, a variety of invertebrates (cone snails, auger snails, helmet snails, shrimp, sea stars, urchins), and hundreds of tropical fish!

We also have a pair of Hawaiian scarlet cleaner shrimp who will hop right into your mouth if you let them to clean your teeth! This is their job for the fish living on the reef!

On rare occasions, we are lucky enough to encounter frogfish, dolphins, spotted eagle rays and even the elusive reef or Galapagos shark. During the months of December through April, we are also fortunate to hear the sound of Humpback whales singing during our dives here.

Let our professional staff show you the true beauty and magic of Koloa Landing!

Kauai's Ultimate Shore Dive - SOUTH ISLAND is conducted from our shore location called "Koloa Landing". This is an AWESOME dive site! "U" Shape reef allowing for 1 dive to happen on 1 side of the "U" and the 2nd dive to happen on the other side of the "U". Typically not "IF" we see any green sea turtles, but rather "how many" will we see!

Don't let the "Shore" sway you away. This is NOT like other sites where you have to haul your gear for a mile before you swim for a mile through rough surf before you can descend. This is very easy entry and exit and full of unique and interesting marine life!

If you would like to upgrade to nitrox tank(s) for your dives, please be ready to show proof of enriched air certification to your instructor. We will be unable to allow you to dive on nitrox without proof of enriched air certification. If unable to show proof at dive site prior to diving, no refunds can be offered due to the extra planning required to dive with nitrox. If not yet certified, consider obtaining your Enriched Air Specialty Certification, ask your reservations specialist how!


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Medical Reccomendations

  • Divers who have had symptomatic COVID-19, should wait a minimum of TWO months, preferable THREE, before resuming their diving activities.
  • Divers who have tested positive with COVID-19 but have remained completely asymptomatic, should wait ONE month before resuming diving.
  • Divers who have been hospitalized with pulmonary symptoms related to COVID-19, should, after a three-month waiting period, undergo complete pulmonary function testing as well as a cardiac evaluation with echocardiography and exercise test (exercise electrocardiography) to ascertain normal cardiac function prior to your return to diving.


  • Divers and dive centers should observe strictly the guidelines for disinfection of diving gear (as issued by the diving federations and Divers Alert Network).
  • Kauai Down Under soaks all regulators and masks in a chemical bath of “Bacto” for 15 minutes, this was certified by CDC and FDA to kill virus and bacteria. All gear is then thoroughly washed with fresh water and hung to dry. Gear is ONLY being used ONCE each day for additional safety protocols to ensure all gear is properly cleaned and sanitized. (New Mouthpieces and Masks are available for purchase for those who want additional peace of mind)


(1) Return to Diving Post COVID-19 – Issued by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) in the USA.
(2) Diving after COVID-19 pulmonary infection. A position statement of the Belgian Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (SBMHS-BVOOG)

DIVER MEDICAL | Participant Questionnaire

Required for ALL Non-Certified divers (Discover Scuba Dive & Certification Courses)

Recreational scuba diving and free diving requires good physical and mental health. There are a few medical conditions which can be hazardous while diving. Those who have, or are predisposed to, any of these conditions, should be evaluated by a physician. This Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire provides a basis to determine if you should seek out that evaluation. If you have any concerns about your diving fitness not represented on this form, consult with your physician before diving. If you are feeling ill, avoid diving. If you think you may have a contagious disease, protect yourself and others by NOT participating in dive training and/or dive activities. References to “Diving on this form encompass both recreational scuba diving and free diving. This form is principally designed as an initial medical screen for new divers, but is also appropriate for divers taking continuing education. For your safety, and that of others who may dive with you, please answer ALL questions honestly!

PLEASE NOTE: All Non-Certified Divers and Students of Certification Courses with Kauai Down Under will be REQUIRED to complete this electronically on your booking confirmation. Should you feel you may need medical clearance for any of the questions on the form, please PRINT the form and submit to your physician to complete PRIOR to your dive.

Health and Safety

We have implemented new procedures for trip operations, modifying our facilities and adjusting our expectations for the 2021 season and beyond.

These changes are aligned with guidelines, recommendations, and mandates from local, state and federal agencies. They include enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing and adjusting operations to keep all guests and staff safe.

We’re going to look a bit different moving forward, but still provide the same high quality service standards that you’ve come to expect. As a local family-owned business, we truly appreciate your support during these uncertain times and look forward to safely exploring the ocean together soon!

Cancellation Policy

From first timers to advanced divers, the Kauai Down Under Dive Team is all about making your Kauai scuba diving experience truly memorable! We are passionate about what we do, the extraordinary island that we live on, and the abundant waters that surround it.

The “ALOHA SPIRIT” is what the staff at Kauai Down Under is all about! In the Hawaiian language, Aloha means affection, love, peace and compassion. Aloha has also come to be used as an English greeting to say hello, goodbye, and “I LOVE TO DIVE”. Ok, maybe we added the last part! We are pretty sure, however, that the state of Hawaii was nicknamed the “Aloha State”, due to our staffs’ spirit!

We book no more than 6 divers per instructor for superior and very personalized service. Kauai diving in will leave lasting impressions. The memories of gracefully gliding endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, elusive and shy Dragon Moray Eels and schooling endemic reef fish will never leave you. Kauai Down Under is the place to experience these and so much more to create once-in-a-lifetime dive moments.

From the endemic species living in our reefs to unique lava tubes and reef formations, Kauai Down Under can help you experience all that Kauai scuba diving has to offer.

Our PADI trained professional scuba instructors have been hand-picked from the best of the best. They lead quality Kauai scuba tours and offer fascinating briefings which include Hawaiian history and lore.

Your surface intervals will be filled with chatter about the critters that you encountered and how amazing the reef structures are.

You will be amazed by how well our instructors know these reefs. Their experience means unsurpassed wildlife encounters and dive memories that will never leave you.

About our company

Every attempt will be made by our pilots to cover each site described, weather permitting. Pilots will adjust their flight path for wind and weather and may include alternate sites. You will have the very best air tour of Kauai possible! However, your safety and comfort come first!

Location & Hours

Kauai Down Under is a full service PADI Five Star Dive Resort. We are located on Kauai’s South Shore in “Sunny Poipu” at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Our shop is open 365beautiful days per year from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. That means we dive daily, conditions permitting, of course, and proudly offer Morning, Afternoon and Night dives to satisfy all of your Kauai diving

Clémentine L wrote a review Apr 19, 2021
Had a great time!
I did 2 shore dives with Brie as my dive master, and 2 boat dives with Nen. I had an amazing time with them. They are knowledgeable, fun, safe and respectful. We saw lots of turtles, fish, nudibranches, eels, and we even heard whales sing!! I enjoyed doing the shore dives first, so I knew what to look for when I did the boat dives. Kauai Down Under's staff was great from start to finish. I really recommend diving with them.

Scott D wrote a review Nov 2020
Morrison, Colorado
We had an incredible shore dive with Logan! He was patient, skilled and talented. He took time to review the undersea creatures we’d see, including hand-signals to use underwater. We did two 1-tank dives, and he provided snacks between dives.
The dive site was easy to find, with plenty of parking. Logan’s equipment was in perfect condition... we did not have to bring any gear. He revealed to us turtles, octopus, and a myriad of beautiful fish.
I unconditionally recommend Logan.