Location: Makahuena Point, Kauai, Hawaii
Depth: 60-90 ft
Who itâ€™s For: Intermediate Divers
What Makes it Special:
If kicking past volcanic rock and massive lava formations make you smile, Brenneckeâ€™s Ledges is your next destination dive site. A huge lava shelf gives this site its name, running parallel to Kauaiâ€™s southeastern shore for several miles until it finally drops off a 90-foot wall. The ledge is peppered with pink and white cauliflower coralâ€”homes for several hermit crabs and other small crustaceans. Pincushion sea stars and Tritonâ€™s trumpet shells also stud the shelf.
The real fun begins when you drop down the wall. Black coral trees wave from the rock face. The shelfâ€™s many overhangs are spackled with vibrant orange cup coral (be sure to bring a flashlight!). Numerous species of nudibranchs, and even the rare orange-banded cowry, nibble on the corals and polyps. Other residents include reef crabs, lobsters, banded angelfish, bluestripe snapper and snoozing reef sharks.
Visit the Brenneckeâ€™s Ledges with Seasport Divers, who charters two custom-built, Coast Guard-certified dive boats to this site and others near Kauai.
Visit www.seasportdivers.com to book your dive today.