Best Diving in Hawaii

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Hawaii, with it’s many islands and well developed tourist infrastructure, has numerous diving opportunities.The best places to dive on Oahu are near the famous landmark of Diamond Head. Other popular areas are along the Waianae Coast (outstanding during summer months), the North Shore (not accessible during winter months because of high surf), and Makapuu’s offshore Rabbit Island. Maui offers a host of good to outstanding diving areas all around its shoreline. The best area on the Big Island of Hawaii is along the Kona Coast where there are excellent places to dive to view beautiful reefs, shallow to deep, with coral, shells, large fish, turtles, lobsters, black coral, and fascinating topography resulting from lava flows.

Lanai lies Cathedral Reef, 30 to 100ft deep, with colorful coral, shells and big fish such as the 50lb ulua (Crevalle Jack) and lobsters. Molokai’s east and west ends are considered by some divers to be unmatched anywhere in the world.

The diving in Kauai is very similar to what you might experience in Maui. On any given day in the summer, you can get great visibility and have access of up to 26 dive sites, many from shore. However, in winter, the seas on the north side of the island are very rough, and those sites are not divable, limiting your choices to only a few on the south (Poipu) side of the island.

Best Diving Destinations in Hawaii

The best diving in Hawaii is found on the Kona Coast of the big Island.

When to Visit Hawaii

Weather on all of the Hawaiian Islands is very consistent, with only moderate changes in temperature throughout the year. This is possible due to the year-round warm sea surface temperatures, which keeps the overlying atmosphere warm as well. In practical terms there are only 2 seasons here: the summer months (called Kau in Hawaiian) that extend from May to October and the winter months (Ho’oilo) that run from November to April. The average day-time summer temperature at sea level is 85°F (29.4°C) while the average day-time winter temperature is 78°F (25.6°C). Night-time temperatures are approximately 10°F lower.

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Gosia August 09, 2017

Hi,

I’m coming to Maui this Saturday and I’m planning to stay on the island for at least a few days. A friend of mine enthusiastically recommended your company and I wanted to go diving with you but cannot open the ‘packages’ link on your website. Could I ask you for some information? I have advanced PADI licence as well as the nitrox one.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Gosia

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Eric August 16, 2017

I will be staying in Napili Oct 6 – 10. Am interested in a Kapalua shore dive. Consider myself still a beginner with about 15 dives under my belt. last dove in Kauai in May. Do you have openings and what is the cost. Would need a BCD, regulator, tank, weights.

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Tory August 18, 2017

My fiancé and I are coming to Maui in November and are interested in completing our open water certification during our time there. If we complete the PADI online e-course, would we be able to complete the other portions? Thank you!

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Martina August 30, 2017

Hi My name is Martina, Me and my boyfriend who will be my husband for the time we are going to be there would like to take the padi certificate. We have done various 1st time diving (6 times) and we think is time to have our certificate. We will be in December for 4 days at big island staying at Captain cook and I would like to know if the time is enough and book for this service.

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Michelle September 07, 2017

Hi,
What SCUBA dives would you recommend for an Advanced Diver in December? I’ll be there over Christmas and looking to do 1-2 days of diving. Thank you!

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Joyce September 10, 2017

Will you take someone in a wheelchair snorkeling. I can’t walk but can swim and will be in Kauai in November.

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shaun September 30, 2017

Please send info about scuba tour

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Michelle October 02, 2017

cost of 2 tank dive including BCD & REG
I’m PADI open water
Oct 27 am

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Brian October 07, 2017

Just finished my NAUI certification and wanted to look into doing the advanced open water certification from NAUI. I will be in Kauai for a conference in February 2018 and was wondering if you offer the dives for the NAUI advanced open water certification through your facility. If so, how do i go about setting this up. Also,does this include the e-learning portion of the training. Thanks in advance.

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Dyana October 15, 2017

Any activities with this wind?

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