Where to Find Spectacular Scuba Diving Spots in HawaiiBy Gary Allalouf
As you'd probably guess, Hawaii has some spectacular spots for scuba diving enthusiasts to spend a day exploring the depths of life under the surface of the ocean. On the other hand, it could be a little overwhelming to find the best spots considering every direction you go there is ocean lapping up on the shorelines. If you love to scuba dive or have ever wanted to try it, here are some fantastic places to do just that. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner who has never ventured beneath the sea or a scuba diver well versed in the art, there are scuba diving opportunities for everyone in Hawaii.
Scuba Diving in Oahu
One of the most popular islands found amidst the scattered islands of Hawaii is Oahu. This is a wonderful island to visit for beginners and experts alike, because of the diverse scuba diving locations found here. If you're going to dive in Oahu you absolutely should head to the Pearl Harbor wall. There are over 40 diving sites in this one area that you can pick from. Here, you'll be diving in to part of history; exploring the depths that hold plane and ship wreckage. At the same time, it's an amazing biological playground that is rarely seen. You'll likely see hammerhead sharks and green sea turtles just to name a couple. It's pretty easy to hop from one island to the next, though, if you find you'd like to try another area. Most of the islands are very easy to travel back and forth between.
Scuba Diving in Molokai
Although not one of most popular diving areas, Molokai holds some fascinating diving spots. This isn't really an area for beginners though. If you have some experience diving or an advanced diver then may be just what you're looking for.
For advanced divers, you may want to head to Fish Rain or The Cove. In Fish Rain you'll typically drift dive because there are very strong currents here. You'll likely see an array of life forms including hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, and maybe even an endangered monk seal, as well as a multitude of fish varieties. At The Cover you'll encounter beautiful butterfly fish, long nose hawkfish, and sometimes sharks and manta rays. Don't wander out of the protected cove, though, if you don't want to enter the strong currents.
If you're not quite an expert but have some diving experience, then a Molokai scuba diving location to visit is the Fish Bowl. Divers see reef sharks and fish, eagle fish and octopus here. If you're lucky you may run into a hammerhead shark.
Scuba Diving in Maui
If you're a total newbie to scuba diving, there's no worry. You can find groups and companies that you can train and dive with to explore the amazing underwater world of Maui's shores. Tropical Divers Maui has free pool lessons each day and you don't have to be licensed to enjoy the thrill of a scuba diving trip. With over ten years of experience, you're in good hands and have nothing to worry about. Once you get your feet wet you can try out Molokini Crater. The inside of Reef's End is a beginner-friendly diving place with beautiful scenery that you're sure to remember for the rest of your life.
If you're an advanced scuba diver you can check out Hidden Pinnacle which is found on the Southwest side of Maui. There are strong currents and can only be accessed when there are good conditions. However, if you make it out here you can see pyramid butterfly fish, octo coral and amazing lava formations.