Snorkeling Salt Pond Park, South Shore Kauai
(Thousand Oaks, CA)
Salt Pond Beach
We went snorkeling at Salt Pond Park on the south shore of Kauai. As Galen and Nicole warned, winter is not the best time to snorkel in Hawaii, but we found this spot, which is not listed in their Kauai Snorkeling Guide.
It isn't amazing, or even as good as some north shore sites, but when it's rainy and rough, it can be a relatively sunny and calm option.
This is a small, protected bay with coral and rocks guarding both sides. The middle is mostly sandy with the most sea life being along the two shallow sides. The sandy bottom does cloud the water a bit and we didn't see any larger creatures, but there are almost no currents.
It's a bit out of the way as well, which might keep it may less crowded.
There are public restrooms and there was a food truck on the day we went.