The 411 on Scuba in Hawaii| June 2, 2010
Giving yourself the chance to scuba in Hawaii may very well be one of the most intense, incredible experiences you could possibly give yourself. There’s no shortage of options either. Here’s the 411 on three of the best places to dive.
Scuba on Oahu: Turtle Canyon Dive
Turtle Canyon is found on the South Shore of Oahu. With a general visibility depth of 60-80 feet these are great waters to catch a glimpse of brilliantly colored coral and reef fish, octopus and of course, Green Sea Turtles!
It’s also excellent waters for any skill level. Scuba tours will generally take beginners down to around 35 feet and certified guests as deep as 80. (Both skill levels can dive together also.) Guided dives are generally around 30 minutes and often include multiple locations, depending on the weather and visibility.
Scuba on the Big Island: Kona diving certification.
The Kona Coast offers some of the best snorkeling, diving and fishing waters in the world – thanks to its many protected coves, clear waters and year-round sunny disposition.
You can go for a certified dive with or without your own gear with an instructor who will tell you everything you need to know. You can take the Scuba Open Water Certification when you’re ready to become licensed. You can do a Referral Dive to complete a certification class. If you want, you can do a refresher dive if it’s been awhile and you just want to brush up on your diving skills.
Advanced certifications in Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Dive master and Specialty Diver are also available.
Scuba diving along the Kona coast affords the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, eels, octopus, a variety of fish and coral reefs as well as underwater volcanic topography like you’ve never seen.
Scuba Molokini Crater on the island of Maui
Molokini crater is a small island roughly 3 miles off the coast of Maui that is rated again and again as one of the best places to snorkel and dive in the Pacific. The caldera from the extinct volcano provides ample shelter for marine life, and the back wall boasts an impressive 350 ft vertical drop that divers are sure to love.
Scuba diving in Hawaii is best done with the safety of guided instructors who know the waters and hazards of diving until you have received your own dive certification. Nonetheless, the Hawaiian Islands offer some of the best places in the world to dive beneath the waves, and there’s no better time than now to learn scuba in Hawaii.