The islands of Hawaii are famous for their lush beauty, gorgeous beaches, and cultural traditions. The islands have so much to offer visitors and it is no surprise that they are some of the most popular tourists destinations in the world. The beauty of the Hawaiian islands extends beyond its shore to the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean. The remote location of the islands ensures clean, warm water and a diverse, interesting marine ecosystem- 25% of Hawaii’s marine life can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Whether you are an expert scuba diver or just a beginner a scuba diving trip is sure to be a highlight of your vacation.
Before diving into the water you will need some training. If you are already a certified diver bring your certification card. If you are a novice that has never scuba dived you can take an introductory “resort course” which will teach you the basics and allow you to participate on a beginner dive in the ocean. If your time permits you can take a full scuba course offered at one of the many dive shops on the islands and become a certified diver.
The main Hawaiian islands are: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island of Hawaii, Molokai, and Lanai. Each island offers a number of beautiful and interesting dive sites. The best dive sites tend to be on the leeward coasts where visibility can be 100 feet or more. Hawaii is home to a number of reef fish, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and manta rays. The marine life is not the only interesting thing you will see on a dive- there are many coral reefs and interesting lava formations to explore.
The best scuba trips are off shore and are accessed by boat, but there are a few good shore dive sites. There are a number of dive shops and scuba diving tour operators on each of the main islands. Before booking a trip do some research to discover which dive operation offers the best trips to the best dive sites.
Hawaii is a great vacation spot and the islands are easily accessible. Flights arrive daily from many different destinations, and inter-island travel is available from local air carriers. Lodging options are numerous, ranging from budget to luxury. When planning your trip make sure to purchase travel insurance to protect you in the event of trip cancellation or any other unforeseen circumstances. With careful planning you are sure to enjoy your time both above and below water in Hawaii.