Kauai has an incredibly diverse ecosystem; few places on Earth have lush rainforests, rugged canyons, beautiful beaches, and endless oceans. While you may be tempted to focus on all of the natural beauty on the island, do not forget to appreciate that which lies in the waters.
Kauai is home to a massive variety of fish. Whether you are looking for a trophy or want to see rare fish, you will find it all in Kauai’s waters. The team at Parrish Kauai would love to introduce you to some of the island’s underwater residents. We have compiled a guide on some of the notable fish that call Kauai’s waters home to provide you with more information.
Kauai’s Reef Fish
Exploring Kauai’s beautiful reefs is a treat. While you are out snorkeling or diving, keep your eyes peeled for some of these reef fish that call Kauai home.
Reef Triggerfish: You will find Hawaii’s state fish, known in Hawaiian as “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” swimming along the reef. They prefer a life of solitude, so don’t expect to find them swimming in a busy school of other fish.
Yellow Tang: If you are out for a snorkeling trip, it is highly likely that you will run into some Yellow Tang. These fish are some of Kauai’s most common reef residents.
Blue Tang: You may recognize the Blue Tang as the species of fish of Dory from “Finding Nemo.” As the name suggests, these fish are primarily blue, but they also have a bright yellow tail fin.
Parrotfish: Another reef resident, Parrotfish are a delight to look at due to their bright, oftentimes rainbow colors.
Lined Butterfly Fish: The Lined Butterfly Fish is one of the more antisocial species of fish you will find in Kauai’s reefs. The black lines that mark their bodies help identify them.
Other Notable Fish Found in Kauai’s Waters
Kauai has plenty of fish that live beyond the reef. You will want to keep an eye out for these fish the next time you visit Kauai.
Ahi: Also known as “Yellowfin Tuna,” these multi-colored fish make for a delicious meal, making them highly sought after.
Mahi Mahi: Found all over the world, these green and yellow fish are plentiful in Kauai. Mahi Mahi is often found closer to Kauai’s shores than the other Hawaiian islands.
Hap’upu’u: This sea bass is local to Hawaii; you will not find it anywhere else in the world. The hap’upu’u is incredibly rare, so if you spot one, consider yourself lucky.
Sailfish: Did you know that Sailfish is the fastest marine animal on Earth? If you can catch a glimpse of one, you will be impressed by its massive dorsal fin and elongated bill.
Blue Marlin: The Blue Marlin is a common target for anglers due to their impressive fight. Do not expect to reel in this fish without a lot of effort. Visually, the Blue Marlin is one of Kauai’s most striking fish.
The fish of Kauai are truly amazing to behold. You can see these fish and more when you visit Kauai and stay at a luxurious vacation rental from Parrish Kauai. We have great vacation properties all over the island, including rentals near premier snorkeling locations like Anini Beach and Poipu Beach. To stay with us, please check availability online or give us a call at 1-800-325-5701.