Idyllic landscapes, golden beaches and imposing volcanoes. The islands of Hawaii have so much to offer above sea level. But there’s a whole underwater world to be explored for those who want something a little more adventurous. With the warm crystalline depths of the Pacific and more than 1,200 miles of surrounding coral reef, Hawaii is a scuba diver’s dream. Here are some of the best scuba dive spots to check out the next time you’re visiting Hawaii.
South Shore, Molokai
Molokai is without a doubt one of the best Hawaiian islands for both snorkeling and diving. Home to the nation’s longest barrier reef, stretching 28 miles in total, the island is excellent for shore diving. Whilst most other underwater life is seen from boat dives, Molokai offers easy access from the South Shore. This area is home to the green sea turtle as well as the spotted eagle ray.
Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
Kealakedua Bay on the island of Hawaii is a popular diving diving area, shared also with kayakers for its clear waters. The bay is a State Park (and was declared a Marine Life Conservation District in 1969) with the most amazing views, thriving sea life and very good visibility most of the year.
North Shore, Oahu
If you want easy shore diving with clear and shallow waters, head to Shark’s Cove on Oahu’s North Shore area. Despite its name, there’s no risk of a shark attack here. But for very advanced divers in search of a challenge, try your dive skills in the The Elevator Shaft, a diving drop that will take you into a network of underwater caves (but definitely not suitable for beginners).
Kona Coast, Hawaii
Another coastline worth mentioning on the main island is the Kona Coast. Some of the best dive spots here at Honaunau Bay (with an abundant coral garden from 10 to 40 feet), Crescent Beach (great for tiger shark sightings), Four Mile (a local favorite) as well as the famous Night Manta Snorkel (access by boat only).
Molokini Crater, Maui
Maui is an island that offers world class dives and the Molokini Crater is one of the most coveted locations. This stunning volcanic atoll is a State Marine Life & Bird Conservation District and is also one of the best places to see humpback whales. The clear waters offer visibility of up to 150 feet and there are more than 250 species of endemic fish and marine life to be seen. Its many beautiful dive spots include Reef’s End, Tako Flats, Middle Reef, Enenue and Shark Condos.
The Cathedrals, Lanai
A spectacular destination for divers at every skill level, with a depth of around 18 to 20 meters. Visibility is almost always outstanding and it’s one of the largest and most diverse sites in the Maui County area of Lanai Island. Divers can expect a great wall dive with amazing views of underwater caves and arches. Cavern roofs are covered in lava rock, creating a stunning light show.