Scuba Diving in Hawaii


YouTube Preview ImageIf your idea of a perfect vacation includes beautiful scenery both above and below sea level, Hawaii is the place for you. It is the perfect vacation paradise for both beach lovers and ocean lovers. If you ever had the urge to try scuba diving, this is the place. From the hundreds of miles of barrier reef that have thousands of different species of life to the craters and sea wrecks to the good old fashioned reefs, all these elements combined with the fact that the water temperature is always perfect, make Hawaii the ideal place for underwater exploration.


Oahu is an excellent place for first time scuba divers to learn the basics. There are a couple of different dive shops that offer same day qualifications at reasonable prices. The advantage of these one day courses is that the essentials of scuba diving are learned in only a couple of hours and then the beginner diver is off at the end of the day exploring the wonders of the ocean.

Nothing beats diving on a reef to view the many different species of fish, but if its diving for ship wrecks or any wrecks for that matter, Oahu is the place to go. Everyone should dive to see a ship wreck at least once, it’s incredible to see and imagine how the ocean in all its power managed to sink those massive ships and how the fish adapted to this foreign object in their natural habitat.


Ka’awaloa Cove, on the big island, is located on the western side of Hawaii and offers a great opportunity for scuba diving. It is only accessible by boat and many companies operate daily tours. There are a few more dive sites near Kona on the big island. On offer are dive programs ranging from beginner dives to the more challenging dives, such as night dives. One of the more popular night dive spots is around Kailua-Kona. The divers hold lights which attract plankton, these plankton are the main food source of giant manta rays and are used to draw the rays.

Tour operators offering such night entertainment is not in short supply. Another popular dive site is Red Hill which is near Kona, it has lava formations that are an awesome site to see. The site is named Red Hill for the specific reason that the sun reflects light off the lava tubes. There are over thirty more dive areas in the deeper water off the coast of Kona which are only accessible by boat. A site that cannot be missed is an airplane wreck near Keahole Point.


Maui Island has some of the most incredible dive sites to offer. One of this is Molokini, a volcanic crater in the bottom of the pacific. Its steep ledges and walls create an incredible site. This crater attracts sea life such as reef sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and a huge array of tropical fish. This is a must see when visiting Hawaii, but for a less crowded taste of scuba diving in Maui, the Black Rock or Makena State park is the ideal place for you.

Hawaii is a scuba divers paradise due to its crystal clear warm waters. One could stay for a year in Hawaii and yet not experience and explore the all of the incredible dive spots.

Leave a Comment