Diving in Hawaii - the best underwater spots

In the crystal clear water you can observe tropical fish. Turtles but also Rays and Sharks can be encountered here. In the winter months the humpback whales come to Hawaii and what can be more exciting than to meet with the biggest mammals? diving and look at them up close?

Divers love Hawaii's underwater world. | Image: Rich Carey -
Divers love Hawaii's underwater world. | Image: Rich Carey -

In Hawaii there are many diving schools that offer e.g..: Trial diving lessons offer. In this course you will learn how to use a mask and a tank, practice a little in the pool and then go into the sea. You will be constantly accompanied while diving and the instructors will not let you out of their sight. In the diving schools you can of course also take the Make diving license and also take advanced diving courses. Here it is convenient to take the medical examination for the Fitness test, to have them made in advance in Germany and then bring them with you. Equipment and bottles are also available in the Dive Shops awarded. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver, in Hawaii every diver will find exactly what he is looking for.

25 - 28 degrees, perfect water temperature! | Image: © CyberEak -
25 - 28 degrees, perfect water temperature! | Image: © CyberEak -

For Advanced Open Water Diver I recommend you a night dive with Manta ray before the Kona coast at Big Island. It is simply one of the most wonderful experiences you can have. It gets dark and underwater it's just quiet. Then the giants come swimming, very gently and also a bit scary. With the diving lamp you can shine on them from below, then they look even more majestic. Wow! In addition, you can dive in front of Big Island about 50 dive spots from incredible Underwater lava formations dive. For quite experienced divers with night experience, offers a Black water dive in the open sea. Two Step, Honokohau Harbor and Keahuhou they are most popular dive spots on Big Island.

At Oahu wreck divers get their money's worth. One of the most popular wrecks is the "Mahi Wreck" off the east coast. The Mahi is a famous wreck dive site and was used as a minesweeper during WWII. Today it provides habitat for thousands of beautiful Hawaiian fish species. The wreck is slowly decaying, however, it is an attraction also for Eels and Eagle ray. This area is suitable for Wreck Diver recommended. Another diver's paradise on Oahu is located just in front of Waikiki Beach. The "Sea Tiger" is also a shipwreck, which lies at a depth of 36 meters. This dive can be done for Wreck Diver become interesting. Advanced Open Water Diver but can also dive down there, because you can reach the cab of the sunken ship already in about 21 meters water depth. The Sea Tiger is, according to stories, a former smuggler ship. Who knows, maybe you will find a barrel of moonshine or other smuggled goods while diving. 🙂

Maui will provide you with the Molokini Crater enchant. Even inexperienced divers and snorkelers will have fun here and discover many fish. Molokini Crater can be reached by boat in 30 minutes. The inside of the crater is like a protected wall, which is home to many different species of fish. The depth here is 16 - 21 meters and is therefore suitable for diving even for Open Water Diver, who are allowed to dive to a depth of up to 18 meters, are best suited. Experienced divers prefer the back side of Molokini Crater, there dark depths up to 106 meters await you and are really only something for Advanced Open Water Diver and especially for Deep Diver. The deep water and strong current attract sharks, manta rays and even whales.

Your constant companion under water :-) | Image: © Rich Carey -
Your constant companion underwater 🙂 | Image: © Rich Carey -

Imagine light blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the sun shines nice and warm on your suit... You dive down into the depths of the ocean, the visibility is brilliant and is up to 100 meters, the sun shines down on you from above, like a tail. Below you are the Two Cathedrals, the "Cathedral 1" and "Cathedral 2" off the coast Lanai's. It is simply an indescribable underwater architecture. The cathedrals are lava tunnels, encased and decorated with black corals, some of which are very old. The black corals even hang from the ceilings as you dive through the tunnel. Here you can often meet spinner dolphins, which can get quite curious 🙂 Diving in this dive area is suitable for Advanced Open Water Diver and of course Cavern Diver.

Tip from me: Also from the coast Lahaina on Maui the divers are driven here to the Cathedrals 1 & 2 by dive boats. So you don't necessarily have to start from Lanai to this dive spot.

At Kauai I would like you Sheraton Caverns  recommend. Here you can dive even as a beginner 🙂 Sheraton Caverns is a cave formation and lies in the South Shore on Kauai, west of Poipu. The cave is a V -shaped lava welll, with very good underwater light conditions. You dive here through caves and under bridges, which are formed from cooled lava. But the greatest thing here, it teems here at Turtles. You can see them diving in all positions, lying, eating, swimming and even sleeping in lava holes, madness! Sheraton Cave should be better called turtle city 🙂 Dragon moray eels can be seen in the crevices of the rocks from time to time. Be sure to take a boat to get to the dive spot, because the way from the shore to the cave is very long. For Open Water Diver very suitable.

It is a little difficult to find the Fish Bowl Dive spot on Molokai to achieve. The currents of the Pailolo Channelwhich flows between Maui and Molokai, can be very strong. But if you have then conquered him, you can in the Fish Bowl already at a depth of 16 meters. Reef sharks encounter. The water world is very diverse and you can also see Lobster, squid and from 20 meters diving depth even Hammerheads. Wow! Above the "Fish - bowl" has settled over the years a beautiful coral reef.

My Tip: Molokai is more of an advanced diving area and not for beginners as the water conditions can be extremely rough. It is advisable to bring a "Current Diving" - Course to take.

Have you ever been to these dive spots or do you want to know more about great dive spots in Hawaii? Then we are happy to help you 🙂

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