Hawaii December 06, 2016
9 Enchanting Sea Caves In Hawaii You’ll Want To Explore
The Hawaiian Islands are home to 750 breathtaking miles of coastline, including picturesque beaches, striking cliffs, and enchanting sea caves. From Kauai’s Na Pali Coast to the Big Island’s Kona Coast and everywhere in between, these nine sea caves along the Hawaiian shoreline are sure to leave you speechless – if you’re able to find them, that is.
1. Lanai’s Cathedrals are absolutely stunning.
For a thrilling underwater adventure, consider diving at the Cathedrals, Lanai’s most popular diving spot. Experienced scuba divers will fall in love with the Cathedrals, underwater pinnacle formations formed by lava tubes and illuminated by shimmering rays of light.
2. There’s this open-ceiling sea cave on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.
This geological formation is surrounded by high rock walls, and features an open ceiling to the sky. You can view the sea cave from above, or enter it on a boat tour. The light from the cave's open ceiling penetrates the water, and creates an ethereal blue hue that changes colors with the moving sun.
3. As well as the Waiahuakua Cave.
This double door sea cave along the Na Pali Coast is often noted as one of the best in the world - and you don't need to convince me. The water is vibrant, and there's even a secret waterfall inside!
4. You’ve got Waianapanapa’s charming sea caves.
Located on Maui’s Road to Hana within Waianapanapa State Park, are these magnificent sea caves with a sinister past – it is the site of the ancient murder of Popu’alaea by her husband, King Ka’akea.
5. This little beauty is aptly dubbed “Oahu’s Mermaid Cave.”
While many people have heard of the mermaid cave, not many have actually been there, or even know where it is. Rumor has it that this luminous cave is located on Oahu’s leeward coast, and if you’re able to find it, or have someone take you there, you are sure to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
6. The Keauhou Bay Sea Caves are quite picturesque.
Located near Kona on Hawaii Island, these charming sea caves are easily accessible via a kayaking excursion and are sure to enchant you.
7. Also on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, you have the Hanakapiai Sea Cave.
Situated on Kauai’s fabled Na Pali Coast is Hanakapi’ai Beach, accessible only by a strenuous day hike. The trail is, in fact, the beginning of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, but only takes you two miles in, and is home to this breathtaking sea cave.
8. Oahu’s spitting caves are a thing of wonder.
Located on Oahu’s southeastern shore are these picturesque Spitting Caves, found below a high cliff where waves crash underneath and shoot into the cave, ejecting the water like a reverse blowhole.
9. Waikapalae Wet Cave is pure magic.
Located on Kauai’s North Shore, Waikapalae Cave - also known as the blue room - is an unusual geological formation where sunlight shines through the magnificent blue water of the cave. There is a no swimming sign posted, but visitors can still experience the cave without jumping in.
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