Scuba Diving in Hawaii I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

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SCUBA DIVING IN HAWAII: Dives in caves & lava tunnels and with sharks, dolphins whales & turtles. Review the dive centers listed in Hawaii for more complete information.
At 2300 miles from the mainland, Hawaii’s isolation gave rise to its huge underwater diversity. In Hawaii divers will be diving among caves, reefs, rocks and lava formations. There are no soft corals in Hawaii, but you will find endless networks of lava tunnels. 680 fish species of which about 23% are endemic species. Overall, about 60% of marine species in Hawaii are endemic. The Hawaiian chain has 132 islands. The main scuba operations are in Big Island, Maui and Oahu, but there are multitude of possible dive sites in Hawaii waters. (Review the dive centers listed for more information about each scuba diving area).

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Scuba Diving in Hawaii I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

  1. 1. SCUBA DIVING IN HAWAII• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE• BIG ISLAND, MANTA RAYS SCUBA DIVING MADNESS• MAUI, PERFECT SHORE DIVING• OAHU, HOME OF HAWAII’S WRECK DIVES• OTHER INFORMATION• ABOUT THE AUTHOR 1
  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN HAWAIIDives in caves & lava tunnels and with sharks, dolphins whales & turtles.At 2300 miles from the mainland, Hawaii’s isolation gave rise to its hugeunderwater diversity.In Hawaii divers will be diving among caves, reefs, rocks and lava formations.There are no soft corals in Hawaii, but you will find endless networks of lavatunnels.680 fish species of which about 23% are endemic species. Overall, about 60% ofmarine species in Hawaii are endemic.The Hawaiian chain has 132 islands. The main scuba operations are in BigIsland, Maui and Oahu, but there are multitude of possible dive sites in Hawaiiwaters. 2
  3. 3. BIG ISLAND, MANTA RAYS SCUBA DIVINGMADNESSKnown as the Orchid Isle, the Kona (leeward) coast of Big Island is a great spot.It is known for its encounters with manta and eagle rays, spinner dolphins, greensea turtles and white-tip reef sharks. There are many places to shore dive, butboat dives are best.In the winter months, and due to Big Island’s rocky shore line, surf can be big,making entries from the shore difficult and dangerous. Kona is Big Island biggesttown and where most diving operations are located. The majority of underwaterspots are dominated by rock and lava formations underwater, adding to theincredible scenery.The Kohala Coast is a topographic marvel, it´s the oldest part of Big Island. TheLava Dome is an amazing site in this area with a unique and old coral head.It´s a volcanic rock covered in plate and knob coral, beyond the dome, where theledge is, is where the fish schooling happens. It is also a good site to see dragonnudibranchs. 3
  4. 4. Manta Ray Madness is a very popular site, especially as a night dive. The Mantaray congregations are impressive! It is one of the world´s greatest manta ray spots.Keahole is another fantastic spot for manta rays as well as trumpet-fish andgarden eels; the marine life here is awesome. The Seahorse Farm in Kona is agreat visit, especially for kids. The Volcanoes National Park is home of the KilaueaVolcano, the most active volcano in the world, it a great place to watch thelandscape change as you hike. 4
  5. 5. MAUI, PERFECT SHORE DIVINGMaui has plenty of good dive sites, and many hotels have reef houses in front ofthem. Black Rock, in the Sheraton Hotel is among the most popular. It´s apopular snorkeling site too.In March, when the humpback whales are passing through, you can hearthem singing as you dive.Molokini Crater, in the Molokini Island, a 30 minute boat drive from Maui, is themost popular dive site in the islands. This atoll is a partiallysunken volcanic crater and a beautiful underwater sanctuary. It has a crescentshape protecting it from the waves and the visibility is often up to 150 ft (45m.).The back side wall of the Molokini Crater is fun diving area and it´s not as busyas the crater. Expect to see white tip reef sharks and, if you go between Octoberand March, you might see humpback whales crossing by. 5
  6. 6. Lanai Island hosts the beautiful dive site called The Cathedrals. This site isdefinitely worth the trip; its cavern´s ceiling has a lot of holes that let light and sealife in.It is a fantastic place for underwater photography. The 60 ft. arch outside theCathedral is an impressive formation. The Monolith, in Lanai as well, is a 40 ft.high pinnacle with a base of 80 ft. It makes an excellent multilevel dive 6
  7. 7. OAHU, HOME OF HAWAII’S WRECK DIVESOahu is home of the famous Waikiki beach, once a playground for Hawaiianroyalty. In 1901, the Moana Surfrider Hotel was built, now a very luxuriousvenue. Oahu is the only island in Hawaii for wreck diving.The Mahi shipwreck on the west side, a 186 ft. US Navy vessel and the SeaPlane wreck are some of the most popular. The Corsair wreck cannot bemissed, it´s an airplane wreck sunk in 1946, it hosts large schools of fish andyou will see garden eels, octopi and moray eels in the wings and cockpit! Itmakes a really nice night dive too.Oahu is a great place with green sea turtles and Hanauma Bay is one of thesites to do so. The Kahuna Canyon and it walls that rise from the ocean floorcreating the illusion of the Grand Canyon, you will find giant trevally and manyunicorn tangs. 7
  8. 8. The Makaha Caverns are another impressive location, better done by boat so asto not interfere with the surfers close to shore. There is a large cleaning stationto watch sea turtles.While in Oahu, you may attend a luau, a Hawaiian feast and the rite of passagefor a tourist. Most hotels offer them right on the beach. Surfing beganin Hawaii, as a sport practiced by Hawaiian royalty, so there is a strong presenceof surfing culture.The north shore of Oahu is a great place to surf, and if you don´t surf enjoy thepopular beaches such as Pipeline and Waimea. 8
  9. 9. OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE OPERATORS IN HAWAIIDeep Ecology / Maui Diving Scuba CenterRead more: http://www.ediving.com/dives-divers-scuba-diving-in-australia-and-pacific/diving-in-hawaii/#ixzz2LSby4OSGTo find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/ 9
  10. 10. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 10

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