Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
Back to Blog

Scuba Diving in Hawaii

Scuba Diving

With some of the most breath-taking reefs and marine life in the world, it’s a no-brainer that you should try scuba diving while here. You can take classes to get certified here, or you can come already prepared by taking classes back home first. The good thing about diving in Hawaii, especially if you’re a first timer and don’t scuba dive on a regular basis, is that you don’t need certification for first-time divers. Many tour companies offer introduction dives in these instances. A dive master will go with you on your dive to show you the best spots to see marine life, guiding you every step of the way. If you have always wanted to get certified, you can do so in Hawaii as well. Whatever your ability level, though, there are many scuba diving sites on the islands of Hawaii. Here are a few.

Tunnels Beach, Kauai: You’ll find this place just past Hanalei near the Ha’ena Beach Park on the North Shore. You’ll find that the inner reef runs up to the shore and the outer reef juts out about 60 yards offshore. From reef fish to green sea turtles, you’ll love diving in this relatively calm spot, sharing the space with snorkelers. Lava formations dot the landscape, along with caverns and the tunnels for which this beach is named. These are for more experienced divers, though. This beach can get pretty crowded with snorkelers and divers alike and there aren’t many parking places, so go early.

Mauna Lani Caves/Haunted Cavern, The Big Island: Both beginner and advanced scuba divers will enjoy this beautiful spot to find anything from unicornfish and surgeon fish to green sea turtles and all manner of colorful coral. With caves immersed in 15 to 30 feet of water, you’ll find a slightly sloped coral reef with caves off a small shelf that goes from relatively shallow seas to up to 40 feet drops. You can access it from the beach or opt for a boat tour to drop you off, which may be easier.

Waimea Wall, Oahu: A top spot for scuba diving, this is located on the east side of Waimea Bay. You can get to the site either offshore by boat or by shore through a quick swim. Thanks to an ancient lava flow, you can witness stunning marine life while weaving in and out of three coral fingers starting at 25 feet then down to 60 feet. The top of the lava tube features beautiful snowflake coral, also home to lobster, whitetip sharks, turtles, ulua, and eagle rays. Kalalua Point prevents the trade winds from getting too strong, which means you’ll find calm waters here.

Black Rock: Situated at the Sheraton Hotel’s point on Ka’anapali Beach, it’s easy to enter and exit this dive site just using the beach area. Colorful fish swim amongst lava rock formations, along with turtles, lobster, moray eels and eagle ray. Perfect for all ability levels.

Rely on Hoku Hawaii Tours to set up an excursion that’s just right for you!