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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


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.



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.


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!


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.


Michelle September 07, 2017

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!


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.


shaun September 30, 2017

Please send info about scuba tour


Michelle October 02, 2017

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


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.


Dyana October 15, 2017

Any activities with this wind?


Jamie November 07, 2017

HeyI need to do my open water certification dives in December. I have done everything up until the open water. how much would that be?


Martin November 09, 2017

Can I register myself and wife for the kayak/snorkel tomorrow morning? Are these still daily at 7am for $80?


Ashley November 13, 2017

Do you still offer kayak and scuba trips in Maui?


Prasad November 18, 2017

I am looking for reservations for snuba / snorkeling on next week Thursday, 23rd.


Wade January 04, 2018

I am interested in a 4 person beach dive at Kapalua Beach on either Sunday 1/14 or Monday 1/15. 4 Divers that are certified one of which will be a Jr Diver. How soon do we need to make reservations?




Jessica January 05, 2018

Hi! We will be in Kona from Jan 12-15 and were interested in night snorkeling. Will you have boats going out any of those days?


Ryan January 22, 2018

I have several questions if you could give me a call at your earliest convenience.


Steve February 15, 2018

I would like to book dives for Monday February 19 and Thursday February 22 for Honolua Bay and Cliff House.

I am staying at Ritz Carlton Kapalua starting Sunday February 18

thank you


Lucas February 22, 2018

Hi there,

I’m coming to Kawaii next week and looking to book one or two scubadiving experiences. Myself and another are padi certified but have not dove since December 2016 when we certified in Nova Scotia Canada in open water. Can you advise if you have any sort of tour 2 adults can tag along with or if you require any sort of recertification first?


Amy March 28, 2018

We are in Kauai next week. Our teens dive and we are looking to snorkel. Do you do any combo trips?


Justin July 15, 2018

I’ll be on Kauai from July 22- 27, interested in doing a guided dive at tunnels. I’m certified. Please inform on availability and price. I will need to rent all my gear


jj July 21, 2018

hi. do i need to make a reservation for an intro dive? we are 4 people, 2 adults and 2 teens. thanks


Zach July 23, 2018


I’m coming to Maui next month for about a week and we’re looking at staying at either the Ritz or the Hotel Wailea. I’m hoping to get in maybe 3 days of diving while I’m in Hawaii. Which trips do you have scheduled from August 18-23? Do you do pickups from either of those hotels?




Ben July 23, 2018

Looking to learn more about your dives. Will be in Kauai next week. Myself and 3 kids (16,13,11), all certified.


Pauliina July 31, 2018

Hi! I’m looking to get PADI Open Water Certified. Due to my limited vacation time, I’m planning to do my bookwork and confined water in Kauai, and then continue with your Referral the actual dives at Hawaii later the following week.

Do you offer this choice for me and how much would it cost? I know PADI takes $185 for the e-materials, and I probably need your link to PADI (so that it’s attached to your dive shop) before I buy the material.

Ideally I would do this on Sunday August 5 or Monday August 6. Please let me know! I can start learning the online materials after I get confirmation.




Stan August 08, 2018

I will be visiting the island in a month. I would like to scuba dive and am not certified. I have dived countless times before however. I have no problem going on the beginner’s dive if that is my only option but want to make sure the dive is worthwhile. Where does the beginner dive go and what will we be seeing on it?


Mike August 10, 2018

I would like to arrange a dive or two with your company. Would prefer to go to a place with few to no crowds. Can you recommend a date/time/place? I will be in Kapalua from 8/29 through 9/4. (Not sure if Kevin McAfee is still with you, but he taught me how to dive about a million years ago in Malibu!)


David August 15, 2018

Do you dive The Cathedral off Lanai (I think!!). Staying at Napili Kai week of 22-29 August.


Nura August 22, 2018

I’m wondering if it’s possible to do the P.A.D.I e-course and then get certified with you? Do we need to do the freshwater/pool dives before we get there? Any info that can point me in the right direction would help. Thank you!


Albert August 22, 2018

We are spending our 10th Anniversary at the Ritz from Sept 28 through Oct 2. Interested in diving one of those days at Honolua Bay.


Pablo September 10, 2018


Im interested in doing 3 or 4 tanks to complete my Master Scuba Diver cert next 11/29.
My wife would like to dive just 2 tanks.
we both need BCD, wetsuits and regs.


Michelle September 17, 2018

I am coming there in several weeks and have a few questions about diving there. We are staying at Poipu and wondered if there is a lot of shore diving around. If so, can we rent tanks from you. If we wanted to look at diving with you, do you have any packages or recommendations as to how many times and what locations would be good. Thank you


Jay October 13, 2018

I will be in Kauai from December 23-December 27th, what dives are available on the island? May I please have pricing and details, thanks!!


Brian October 20, 2018

We have 6 adults and 2 kids age 13 and 15 interested in beginner scuba from Kapalua on Monday Nov. 19. Can you accommodate in the morning?


Branan October 24, 2018


I live in Koloa & am a certified Master Diver through SSI.

I am interested in part time work & would love to help out around the store & boat on dives if needed.

Feel free to email me or you can call me at 901-238-8060.

Let me know if you are looking for any help! Thanks!


james October 25, 2018

Hi, we are looking to find a dive partner for our holiday starting this Sat.

We both have open water padi, I have 50+ dives, my wife 10. Neither of us have dived for 2.5 years so we need a refresher.

Could you let me know prices for a refresher for us both, if you have any available Saturday and prices for future diving.



Kevin Lockman November 19, 2018

Looking for a dive on either December 18th or 19th. Single person, two take dive preferred. I’m advanced certified if that helps!


Lizao December 02, 2018

Hi, my wife and I will be staying at Ritz-Carleton in Kapalua between Dec 20-25. We are very interested in the diving trips listed on your website. Both of us have the scuba certification but might need a refresher. I am wondering if you have some diving trips during that time? Thanks~


James December 03, 2018

My wife and I are going to be staying in the Suite Paradise Condos near your facility from Dec 27th through Jan 2nd. We are both open water certified divers and have our own equipment. We would like to know what dives you offer during this time period. We also would like to know if you rent just tanks so that we could do some shore diving. Thank you.


Colleen December 13, 2018

Hi I’m a advanced OW certified diver. What kind of boat dives do you guys have?


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