Divers Prefer Their
Shore Dive Experiences Over Boat Dives ..."
Aloha Dive Buddy !!!
This is Scuba Steve, with Scuba Steve's Scuba Shack, welcoming you
to our wonderful world of diving!
We cater to those divers - both novice and those more experienced -
who seek something off the beaten (boat dive) path and who are
looking for quality tours or classes without being crowded or
If you haven’t seen them already, you can
to see our YELP Reviews and
CLICK HERE to see our TRIP ADVISOR reviews.
If you tend to be just a little “nervous” in the
water … why not read some of the letters that some of our
divers have sent to us directly about their experiences??? It’s all
right there for you on our web site !!!
We generally do not mix certified divers with non-certified divers
unless they are travelling together or without the express approval
(in advance) of all parties involved.
We do NOT conduct “cattle call” dives
or training classes – after all, sardines belong in a can on
the grocer's shelf ... NOT on a boat or a dive site !!!
We would love to show you the splendors and the treasures of
our undersea world !!!
Our preferred dive site
has been rated as the #1 dive site on Kauai, and #4 in the
State of Hawaii, and is located on south shore of the island. It is
easily accessible from all parts of Kauai and offers easy parking
and even easier diving!!! We
generally meet our divers at the dive site and will give you
directions the afternoon before your dive.
Some divers have asked us why we prefer to do shore dives instead of
There are several reasons.
We consider shore dives more of a “biological” dive while boats are
considered to be more of a “geological” type of dive ...
this means that you will see MORE
types and species of fish, eels, shrimp, crabs, cleaning stations,
and all that “biological” kind of stuff when diving with us on our
guided reef tours than you will from a boat ...
so unless you like colder water, stronger currents, less fish, and a
few more big rocks to look at (sorry, there are NO wrecks to go see
on Kauai) ... stay away from the crowded boats and come dive with us
in a more relaxed style !!!
Consider this fact …
we rarely have had any diver get
“green in the gills” or try to “feed the fishies” or “chum the
waters” (these are nautical terms for “becoming violently nauseous”)
on our shore dives … how many times has this NOT been the case on a
crowded boat ???
When the ocean is “calm and flat” for our shore dives .... there is
usually AT LEAST a 3 foot (most times even more) rolling swell
offshore .... Kauai does NOT have any sheltered boat dive sites
(like some of the other islands have) so you will always have to
deal with the pitch and roll onboard.
The smaller the boat ... the rougher the float !!!
Sometimes this is enough to make diving awkward and uncomfortable,
to say the least! Certainly NOT our idea of fun group activities !!!
On the other hand ...
our guided reef tours take place in depths that they fishies
actually live in !!!
Did you know that approximately 680 species of fishes are known
throughout the world's oceans, and that about 420 of those species
are designated as Reef and Inshore fishes?
A surprising 24% are endemic to Hawaii (found nowhere else in the
You don't NEED to dive deep to see them
… because most of these live in waters between 20 and 30 feet
PLUS ... you will get longer bottom
times in shallower waters !!!
And wait until you see the turtles
in their cleaning stations !!! You will be stoked !!!
Our dives are always an easy walk-in/walk-out from the shore.
Another reason for shore dives here on Kauai ... it's easier and
more fun when we prep and dive on a more relaxed “Aloha-style”
atmosphere rather than settling for the “Hurry up and Wait” regime
of generic boat diving.
If you are concerned about carrying your
gear to the water's edge, no worries! We will be happy to
assist you in whatever way we can !!! (We usually set up 20-30 feet
of the water's edge, anyway !!!)
We DO NOT do “crashing surf entries” as a
general rule - after all, this is RECREATIONAL diving, NOT a
Navy SEAL's Survival Training Session !!! Only when we are training
for the advanced levels of diving (Advanced Open Water, Rescue
Diver, Divemaster or Instructor Training Levels) will we enter the
waters in surf conditions.
“Easy walk-in/walk-out” shore entries
means just that … in conditions that are pleasant and easy; minimal
surge and swell.
My general rule is to consider whether or not I would take my own
family and friends into the waters with the conditions present. If
yes, then we go. If no, then we reconsider our options.
As we say here in the Islands “When in doubt … DON'T go out !!!”
We accept most major credit cards, traveler's cheques and cash. I
would encourage you to make your reservations now as we only take a
small number of divers at any one time, and our prime dive times
book up in advance … and we would like to dive with you !!!
Please call us at 1-808-212-7376 with any other questions that you
may have. Let's go diving together !!!
P.S. Did you know that where we dive there
are sunken anchors and chains from the 1880's ??? And be sure to ask
us about the “Block Fish” or the “Knotted Rope Fish” that we see
here … there are several varieties and they are unique !!!