For those who are interested in trying out scuba diving or perhaps even snorkeling, there are few places in the world that are more suited to this activity than Hawaii. Not only do the islands boast warm, clear waters and a plethora of interesting flora and fauna beneath the waves, but diving is woven into the very way of life in Hawaii with the shores littered with dive shops and resort hotels that cater to dive enthusiasts. There is no shortage of places to dive when you visit Hawaii, but to help narrow down your options, check out this list of three of the best spots for scuba in all of Hawaii.
Kee Beach, Kauai
For the more experienced scuba divers, Kee Beach to the North of Kauai offers some spectacular offshore reefs. However, it is important to note than in the Winter months, the conditions can be particularly rough and somewhat dangerous. Come Summer, the protected lagoon provides some fantastic snorkelling opportunities even for beginners and the beach is perhaps one of the most scenic that Hawaii has to offer.
Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Down at the most Southeasterly tip of Oahu you will find one of Hawaii’s most popular spots for scuba diving and snorkelling. Hanauma Bay is actually Hawaii’s very first Marine Life Conservation District which has been set up to protect the delicate ecosystem beneath the waves. Boats are prohibited in the Bay, so all dives have shore access making this particular site suitable for divers of all ages and experience levels. It is ideal for family dives, even if some of your party do not want to take part they will still enjoy relaxing on the beautiful beach. Only a handful of dive companies have permission to lead dives in Hanauma Bay in order to restrict the number of divers at any one time which makes it a great choice as the limited number of divers allows you the best opportunity to properly explore the coral reef.
Sea Tiger, Oahu (Wreck Dive)
One of the most exciting aspects of scuba diving is exploring sunken ship wrecks and there are few that are more beautiful than The Sea Tiger. This particular wreck is unique in the fact that it was actually sunk on purpose! The Sea Tiger was confiscated from the Chinese while engaging in illegal activity and was then purchased from the Coast Guard by a private company. In 1999, The Sea Tiger was sunk to create an artificial reef which is now home to a vast array of sea creatures. The 190ft long wreck has multiple entry points allowing divers ample opportunity to explore the vessel both inside and out. This is considered a specialist dive as a specific skill set is required to visit wrecks, so this is one for the more experienced diver.