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Laying claim to the title of fourth largest country in the world by land area, it goes without saying that the United States is vast, varied and exceptionally large, and the scuba diving sites surrounding this giant land mass tend to follow suit. The most popular areas to dive are on the southern and western coasts of the United States in the states of Hawaii, California, Texas and Florida. Inland diving is also quite popular, with diving enthusiasts making great use of the many lakes, springs and quarries the United States has to offer.

Best Diving Destinations in the United States

Hawaii

Warm waters, fantastic surf and beautiful beaches are all part and parcel of the great destination of Hawaii. Comprising 130 small islands, many of these Pacific islands feature protected coves and inlets that are ideal for scuba diving due to serene, shallow waters and an almost constant presence of majestic green sea turtles. To the north of Kona, an eerily named dive site – the Haunted Cavern – awaits exploration.

Florida

Some of the most frequented sites in the US are located near Key Largo in the Florida Keys.  The exceptionally beautiful string of tropical islands known as the Florida Keys is situated in magnificent turquoise waters and offers world-famous diving and snorkelling sites. The marine life is well-protected in this area thanks to the presence of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Divers can expect to see manatees and dolphins in the area, and could even take a trip to see the unusual sight of an underwater Jesus at the Christ of the Abyss dive site near Key Largo. Shore diving and wreck diving is also possible and can be arranged through the countless dive companies that are present along the south coast of Florida, especially in areas such as Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

California

In sharp contrast to both Hawaii and Florida’s clear, warm waters, the water of the Pacific is dark and cold but certainly worth a visit. Vast underwater kelp forests make for a unique sight along the seabeds of numerous Californian diving locations, specifically around the Channel Islands located near Santa Barbara. Monterey to the north is very popular with both surfers and scuba divers alike, although divers do need to be aware of the strong currents and disorientating amount of giant kelp in these dark waters. Shore dives near the Monterey State Beach are a worthwhile experience to see pieces of history such as old, decaying pier structures and sunken boats. All along the Californian coast divers who choose to experience the challenging environment of the deep Pacific waters are rewarded with sea lion, octopus and shark encounters.

Other Destinations

The Texas Clipper, now positioned near South Padre on Texas’ south coast, was sunk deliberately in this location. The vessel now lies at a depth of roughly 23 metres and offers novice divers the chance to experience a shallow water wreck dive that is both exciting and interesting.

A large majority of American divers make fantastic use of the many freshwater lakes and deep quarries available in the US to complete their scuba diving certifications before venturing out into the oceans. In Pennsylvania, a spring-fed lake complete with above-water Aqua Park is a rather popular training location, as is Ginnie Springs in northern Florida.

Getting to the United States

Hawaii

The 50th and final state to be added to the United States, Hawaii has one international airport called Honolulu International Airport in Oahu. Various islands can be reached via short, internal flights from this airport or visitors can choose to hire a boat and travel this way. Upon arrival at any of the larger islands, numerous diving operations will be at your disposal to assist with your scuba diving arrangements.

Florida

Easily accessible to international visitors from a number of ports, Florida provides direct access to liveaboard dive trips and commercial cruises. Not only that, but this sunshine state holds the record for the largest cluster of diving companies in the whole of the US. Needless to say any of these dive shops would be more than willing to assist with any of your diving requirements including arranging boating trips and hiring equipment.

Tampa Bay is a natural harbour that offers a calm welcome to the waters of the Mexican Gulf and can be reached by three suitably-positioned airports.

California

It is believed that the first Aqua-Lungs were sold in the state of California by a relative of the world-famous and highly-respected Jacques Cousteau, and scuba diving has been a popular pastime ever since. With numerous airports in the state including the massive LAX in LA and an international airport in San Francisco, accessing the dive sites in California should not be a problem.   

When to Visit the United States

Although it is only one country, the climate varies greatly between different regions within the United States. As with all northern hemisphere territories, the summer season runs from late May to September and allows for warmer conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and dive sites located in the Atlantic Ocean. If choosing to dive off the coast of California, plan to make use of a thick wetsuit or even a dry suit to keep yourself comfortable in the colder Pacific. Climate considerations are based almost entirely on where you plan to visit in the United States however, as Hawaii’s temperate, tropical climate is well-suited for diving at any time of year with very little special gear.

Where to Stay in the United States

Again, with such a vast landscape and an immense variety of dive sites at your disposal, it would depend entirely on your chosen diving destination as to where you chose to stay for your United States visit.

62 Comments

  1. Don August 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Need space for 3 divers on Saturday 8/19.
    Offshore diving.

  2. Scott August 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    I will be visiting the area this weekend, and wanted to find out if you have any spearfishing trips running Sat, Sun, or Monday? Thanks

  3. Robert September 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi

    I am looking to book a guided scuba tour for Point Lobos or some other cool spots near Monterey or Carmel sometime around November 3 through the 10th. Do have any suggestions for me. I have all my gear except a steal Tank I will need to rent along with weights. I am also interested in unguided tours if non are available, but would need to join a group or try and grab a dive buddy. Thanks

  4. Florian September 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi,

    I happen to have a free weekend during business travel this week in the Monterey area. I would love to go for 1-2 dives saturday or sunday (9/16-17). Could you arrange that with a divemaster/instructor?

    I’m OWD (and nitrox) certified since 10 years but typically only diving in vacation. Therefore litte experience (about 80 dives) but a little bit more activity recently (last dive just last weekend). German but almost fluent in English.
    I’d also need rental equipment as I inly bring my mask (with optical glasses) and my computer (sorry, never trust rental computers…) with me.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
    Florian

  5. Sal September 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

    I’m on vacation in 7 weeks not sure if you are going out diving but I have open water would like to see some shipwrecks

  6. Eva November 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi we are planning to go to California in december. and would like to go diving while we are there. we are two experienced divers and one who has padi open water certificate from a few years ago but Without any dives after that. do you have any suggestions for arrangement for us? i think we will be in the Moterey area around dec 20. is it any risk that diving is not possible beacuse of bad weather or something? regards Eva

  7. Rob November 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    I was interested in a lion fish hunt for Nov 15-16. I was hoping for 3 tank dive, and maybe some helpful tips of using a pole spear. Do you offer these charters?
    Thanks

  8. Rogers November 5, 2017 at 6:45 am #

    Last July I obtained my PADI open water certification and Nitrox certification in St Eustatius. While there I did 15 dives between 30-60 feet.
    I’m interested in continuing diving but am certainly concerned about the cold water (brrrrrr) and don’t have a dive partner.
    I wanted to inquire about diving with you.
    Let me know about schedules and your diving company

  9. Valerie November 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    Im a photographer and I’m looking for guided tours Wednesday-Saturday. I’m PADI advanced certified and all I need are weights and tanks.

  10. sean November 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    Morning

    My family and I will visit Monterey in July 2018 and I was enquiring I you take out complete beginners for a sort of ‘try dive’.
    I am Padi trained and dived all over the world but my 14 year old daughter and 17 & 18 year old sons have not dived before. They are competent swimmers and had a try of a regulator in a swimming pool. A short dive following safety briefs from the beach would be enough……can you accommodate??

    regards
    sean

  11. Kris November 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Do you know of anyone who would charter a dive boat out to Point Lobos? There are 4-5 of us who are interested in diving there. Thank you! Kris

  12. Natalie December 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi,

    I’m interested in diving Pt. Lobos with my husband for his 40th birthday (2 dives each). We’re both advanced scuba certified, as well as nitrox and dove the Monterey Bay area once before yrs ago when we just rented equipment. Anyway, I’m interested to know more about the trips to Pt. Lobos, including dive site features, cost, and schedule. Please feel free to call or email me when you get a chance. Looking to book dives in mid-late Jan or whenever dive conditions are best. Thanks!
    Natalie

  13. Katelyn December 5, 2017 at 4:00 am #

    Hi,

    My boyfriend and I will be in Florida from December 27th to January 1st. We went lion fish spear fishing over the summer in Belize and are looking to do it again! I saw on a web site someone recommended you guys to do it. Is that something we are able to book with you?

  14. Steven December 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    I am interested in a shore dive for my 11 y/o son and I on December 17. We are both certified. This would be one short dive to maintain our practice. He gets cold easily and I would like the warmest wetsuit available including boots and hood for him. He is 56″ and 75 lbs. Would you have anything available?

  15. Advait January 1, 2018 at 1:17 am #

    Hello,
    I am a PADI certified diver and looking for a dive tour on Jan 7th morning. Can you please let me know if there is availability for that day and how much it will cost. I will also need equipment rental for this dive.
    Thanks,
    Advait.

  16. Jeffery February 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    Hola! Matt here and I am interested in securing a dive charter to the Oriskany on either Thursday March 15 or Friday March 16. It will be me and a friend. Just need some details I couldn’t discern from the site and availability. Thank you!

  17. MEGAN February 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    Does the price for guided shore dives include tanks?

  18. John March 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

    Hello,
    We are setting up a dive center trip with 8-12 divers to dive the Oriskany in late June 2018. We plan for one full day (morning/afternoon, the Oriskany excursion, and morning diving the last day. All flights will be scheduled for afternoon.
    I am interested in discussion group rates available. Logistics questions such as how tanks, weights, air fills are handled as well as hotels or van rentals you may have cooperative agreements with.
    Thanks for your attention,
    John

  19. steve March 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi My 16 year old and I are open water certified – I have about 20 dives, he has 4–and we are interested in a dive with a dive master just for the two of us next Friday, March 30. Do you have any availability? and can you recommend an appropriate dive– neither of us has had cold water diving experience yet. Thanks, Steve

  20. Biouti March 24, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Hello,

    We are a french family and plan a tour in Monterey.

    I would like to explore the Monterey Canyons. I have no experience in diving.

    Is it possible to visit it without experience?

    Thank you a lot,
    Sofian

  21. Kristina March 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi. Coming to town to run Big Sur on 4/29 and would like to get 1-2 dives in. Just need gear and tanks. Do you rent dry suits?

  22. Malia May 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    Hello, I was interested in going to a Diving tour and I have no prior experience. I was looking for it this weekend preferably this sunday or monday in Monterey California.
    Thank you

  23. Michael July 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    My girlfriend and I are looking to do an Oriskany dive on Friday. We are both advanced open water certified. Can you tell me if you have any availability?

    Thank you!

  24. Marc July 10, 2018 at 3:56 am #

    Hello,

    My friend and I are interested in diving on July 21. We would ideally do
    2 or 3 guided dives either from boat or shore.

    We are both certified divers (I myself are PADI advanced open water
    diver and my friend has a CMAS 2 star diver certification)

    Do you accept both certifications?

    Could you let us know what tours you offer on July 21 and what the costs
    for the tours are incl. guide, full equipment rental, air, boat and any
    additional cost that might apply?

    Thanks in advance and best regards,

    Marc

  25. Greg July 10, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    Hi

    I will be visiting San Francisco and I would love to dive in Monterey Bay with you. I am Advanced Padi diver with Nitrox and Dry suit certification. I have been diving for about 5-6 years with 150+ dives.

    Ideally I would like to dive on 27th of July. I am wondering if i could book a diving tour with you for 2-3 dives / sites in one day:
    1. San Carlos Beach – 1 dive
    2. Point Lobos – 1 dive
    3. + extra dive on any location if possible?

    Also, I would need full gear rental.

    Could you let me know if it is possible and what would be the total price.

    Oh, and do you need dive insurance? If yes, do you provide dive insurance?

    Thank you

  26. Jimmy July 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    Good afternoon,

    Me and a buddy are trying to get down there this September to dive. I have a question on pricing for the 2 person 2 dives. Is it $75 per diver per dive for a total of $150 each, or 75 total per diver?

  27. Nicholas July 12, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    Hello,
    I’m living in the Bay Area and Open Water certified. I was looking to go diving in Monterey Bay during the upcoming Fall. I have heard that the visibility is very hit or miss. Are tours refunded if visibility is poor? Do you allow gear rentals to people not booking tours? Thanks!

  28. Stéphane July 12, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    Hi

    We are a french family.
    We live in Maryland and plan our summer holidays in California
    We would like to offer a session to discover the scuba diving to our 2 children (8 and 11 years old)
    Do you propose this kind of session ?
    Can you give us few details ? (pool or sea, time, price…)

    Thanks in advance

    Stephane

  29. John July 19, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Subject: Availability on Monday 6th august for 2 divers with a CMAS 3 stars

    Hello,

    We plan to come Monday, August 6th to Monterey.

    And we would like to know if we can dive with you.

    We have more than 300 dives.

    We are at the level CMAS 3 stars which allow us to dive in autonomy up to 60 meters.

    Can you please tell us if you have some availability during this time and if we can book the dive ?

    Thank you for your time,

    John

  30. Jeremy August 3, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Hey, when is the next time you have a 3-dive trip that I could be added onto? I’d like to do the Oriskany for one and a little spearfishing for the others. I’m ready anytime starting tomorrow at 7am.

  31. Sam August 5, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    I took a basic free diving class awhile back and wanted to get back into it again. Do you have a learning event or a certified course

  32. Stephanie August 23, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    Wanted to inquire about a dive tour for next Wednesday or Thursday

  33. laurel August 31, 2018 at 2:12 am #

    Greetings,

    My husband and I are interested in diving in the Monterey Bay area on Saturday, September 8th. We have done a shore dive there once before but are wanting to take a boat out this time. Are you running a boat dive that day? I am OW with over 50 dives. My husband has he’s advance certification with 75ish dives. Please let me know your availability.

    Thanks,
    Laurel

  34. lesley September 3, 2018 at 4:39 am #

    Dear, I was wondering if you were planning to go out to the Oriskany next sunday. I would be interested in joining a charter (single diver sidemount configuration).
    Many thanks,
    Lesley

  35. Jonathan September 5, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    Hello I am looking for scuba diving tours for a day or two in monterey. We are there in the next couple of weeks – can you send me a number to call?

  36. jatin September 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    hi,
    We are a party for 3/4 looking for guided scuba tours on sunday 16 th sept or monday 17 th sept. We are probably looking to do 2-3 dives
    Can you give us details about the prices and timings ?
    Are you flexible on timings ?

  37. Krunal September 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

    Hey!
    Me and 2 friends are trying to dive on Sunday morning. Do you have any availability?
    Please call me back on 404 940 6785

    Best
    Krunal

  38. Christian September 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    I am interested in booking a charter for the Oriskany dive next week on Thursday or Friday.

  39. Jonathan November 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    Interested in 2 tank dive next Saturday. Wondering how long total duration of the dive will be from entering to exiting the dive shop

  40. Elliott November 19, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi,

    I was wondering what the availability is to do a couple of dives the weekend of December 29/30. Thanks!

  41. Gary December 26, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    Good morning,
    I am looking to do a couple of days decent wreck diving over the 29/30 December.
    I was wondering if you were going on on those days and also if you hire kit as well.

    I am a tech instructor trainer and usually dive closed circuit nowadays so would preference a twinset and stage or two.

    I know it’s short notice but thought it was worth a shot.
    If you aren’t available I’d really appreciate a pointer in the right direction.

    Thank you so much
    Gary

  42. Jim February 5, 2019 at 3:21 am #

    Call me about dives. 5303948313

  43. Jim February 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

    Call 5303948313 for big O dive wed thru sat

  44. BARRY February 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm #

    I would love to dive the Oriskany. My question for you is this. First a little background. I had a pacemaker implanted on April 16, 2018. My cardiologist has cleared me to dive, my issue is the electrical gap between the P and R waves in the heart. My issue is the pacemaker that I had implanted has not been tested for diving. It has been tested for 40 cycles of an hour each cycle to 66 feet. I didn’t get a choice of pacemakers implanted. My question for you is this. Would I get a good view of the ship if I were to hang on the mooring line at 66ft? I will be in Pensacola from June 10th to the 14th attending a US Navy All Hands Air Traffic Controllers Reunion and would love to see the Oriskany if at all possible. Or if not do you have any other sites worth my taking a trip to? On Thursday June 13th there is a golf tournament all day and I don’t golf, so I thought I would look to go diving that day.

    Thank you
    Barry

  45. Katharina February 8, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    hi. interested in doing 2 dives each on feb. 22nd 2019. we are both PADI MSDT with 2000+ and 4000+ dives

  46. Edward February 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

    Seems charter boats are full for the weekend of 23rd and 24th. Inquiring on a divemaster for a family of 3 that will be driving down from Puget Sound for the weekend.

  47. BARRY February 18, 2019 at 3:43 am #

    I am coming to Pensacola in June for a US Navy Air Traffic Controllers All Hands Reunion. We have a day when the planned event is a golf tournament. I am not a golfer. I would like to go diving on that day (June 13th) my issue is I had a pacemaker implanted last April 16th which limits my dive depth to 66ft. The pacemaker has only been tested in a hyperbaric chamber to 66ft. for 40 1 hours cycles to that depth. Any suggestions on a dive for me? I would like to go to the Oriskany and hang on the mooring line at 66ft, that is if there would be anything for me to see from there. I know I would not be able to even get to the top of the Island, but thought if I could at least see the ship it would still be a fun dive. But if you have a better dive within my limitations that would be good to. Also I am totally cleared to dive by my Cardiologist, my issuse is the gap in my electrical waves from the P to the R wave. Thank you for your time.

  48. glenn February 26, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    course schedule Mar19-Aug19 padi certification only?

    thnx

  49. Sherry March 1, 2019 at 4:01 am #

    What’s the policy for a rain out? I’d only be in town for a couple days.

  50. Tyler March 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

    Hello, I will be in the Pensacola area March 31 to April 4th. Do you have any dive trips going that week?

  51. Hidde March 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi there, I’m in town for a conference but would like to top it off with some diving. I’m a padi certified open water diver with 30-40 dives experience, but didnt bring my cerfticerti since I’m on a business trip. Is it possible to schedule 1 or 2 dives on Tuesday after 12 pm to see the kelp forest?

  52. Glenn March 5, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    Good Afternoon:

    My name is Glenn Lukacs, and I work for a company that specializes in offering insurance to companies like yours. Some of the businesses we offer coverage to include: charter boats; boats & personal watercraft; land and/or water recreational vehicles (ski jets; atv’s; snowmobiles; parasails; jeeps; mountain bikes); divemaster or instructors; campgrounds or RV parks; sport parks; general recreation; and so many more.

    If you would like a quote, please email or call me.

    Thank you for your considerations.

  53. Caroline March 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi, I’m Caroline, a 23 year-old French student.
    I plan of staying a few time at Monterey Bay in April and I’d like to discover its underwater world.

    I use usually do snorkeling, but I’ve never done scuba diving.
    I’d like to know if I could do a guided tour with your company or if a certificate is needed.

    If it is possible, how much is it for 2 people ?

    If it is not possible, how much do you rent snorkeling material for 2 people and for an afternoon ?

    Thank for your answers !
    I’m looking forward for hearing you soon

    Caroline

  54. JP March 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

    Good day, I will be in Monterey in two weeks and I would like to do some diving. I am PADI Open Water certified with 40 logged dives.

    I would like to dive on Friday April 5th. I am not sure if I will do 1 or 2 dives. I would like to know what are the prices, including full gear rental.

    Also, what are the dives sites you plan to go on this day, do you already know (weather permitting of course? What can I expect to see? What’s the coolest place we can go?

    I thank you very much for your time.

    Jean-Philip

  55. Kim April 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

    I am a diver with the Aquarium. I have a neighbor who would like to check out scuba diving. Do you offer a “Discover Scuba” experience? He is a guard in a Federal Prison and is in very good physical condition. I am only a PADI AI and no longer carry instructor insurance. He would like to come with me on Thursday, April 11, which is my volunteer dive day at the Aquarium (I will be conducting both feeding shows that day and a maintenance dive that night.) Does that work for one of your instructor’s schedules?

  56. Josie April 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

    Hello,
    I am interested in purchasing a diving charter to the Oriskany for my husband. He has his PADI open water has had about 10-15 dives…if he needs a divemaster for guidance how much more would that be? Thanks!

  57. Marko May 11, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

    Hi,

    I’d like to know the price for one day (1 or 2 July 2019) guided diving trip (2 dives) for two divers (both CMAS 2 stars divers with more than 50 dives). We’d also like to rent a full equipment except the mask.

    Please quote price for diving and equipment rental in Monterey bay (Lovers poiint, …)
    and also at Point Lobos.

    Thank you.

    Marko

  58. Julie May 17, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi,

    My husband and I will be up from Miami and are interested in running out to the Oriskany on either the 23rd or 24th of next week. We are both Trimix certified.

    Regards

    Julie

  59. JOEY May 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    Hello,

    I would like to schedule a date to do open water diver certification for myself and one additional diver. We would like to do it sometime in mid July. Do your rates include gear rental, and do you have any availability around that time?
    Thanks in advance!

  60. Maxwell May 30, 2019 at 6:14 am #

    Dear Management,
    I would like to confirm that you can accommodate 5 persons for scuba tour in the month of August Starting from 8th -16th 2019.

    Thanks

  61. Willem June 24, 2019 at 2:13 am #

    Hi Guys,

    Currently i’m travelling around in an RV with my family. On the 25th of june we will BE arriving in Monterey area.

    I would like to do a day of diving

    Do you have any options available on the 26th or 27th of june? As my wife is pregnant she will not be diving so i am alone. Do you have any options or group i can join? If available i would like to dive at the Point Lobos dive site.

    I’m certified PADI instructor (#329496), GUE Tech 1, Cave 1 and DPV diver. Over 500 (non teaching) dives and last dive in may 2019.

    I would need to rent full equipment.

    Hope hearing!

    Kind regards,

    Willem

  62. Jon July 7, 2019 at 2:50 am #

    Hello,
    I am looking to schedule a guided dive. 17, 18, or 19 July. My son, 14, and I are open water certified, and my wife is PADI Scuba Diver certified.
    We completed certification in March. This will be our initial cold water dive. We definitely want to do 1 dive, but potentially 2, based on how we are feeling after the first dive, if that is possible.
    We will need to rent all equipment.
    Please let me know if you have availability.
    Thank you,

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