The towering volcanic peaks of Kauai plunge into the Pacific forming ridges, pinnacles, archways and caverns where lava meets the sea. This rugged geological backdrop is home to a variety of marine life from massive migrating whales and reef sharks to colorful butterflyfish and playful sea lions. And Seasport Divers hits all the hot spots around Poipu, including Sheraton Caverns, an ancient blown-out lava tube where green sea turtles, moray eels and a plethora of reef fish make it one of the island’s top dives. You can also make the day trip out to Ni’ihau (known as the Forbidden Island), a privately owned spec of land, mostly inaccessible to visitors, where the traditional Hawaiian way of life has been preserved. Spectacular wall diving and even more formidable caves can be explored here. The awesome diving combined with the cozy, Bohemian atmosphere of the Poipu Adventure Inn makes for a relaxing couples’ escape too. Add on little indulgences like a massage, a guided shore dive with marine biologist Terry Lilley from the Save Our Seas Foundation or just kick back with an après dive cocktail for Sashimi Sundays, where live music is broadcast on the Web right from the comfy porch of the inn. Grab a shoulder-season flight from the West Coast, and Hawaii’s world-class diving is yours for a manageable budget.
Make It Happen
The Poipu B&B Adventure in is offering a “Bubbles Up” package in conjunction with Seasport Divers. You’ll receive a five-night stay at the inn, three days of boat diving and unlimited air fills for shore and night diving for $837 per person, single occupancy ($1,270 per couple, saving you $400 on the package).