Hawaii Scuba Diving with Living Ocean Scuba
The State of Hawaii is made up of four main islands as well as many smaller islands. Living Ocean Scuba is located on the island of Oahu, the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands and home to the capital city of Honolulu as well as the resort beaches of Waikiki.
Hawaii Scuba Diving is known for it's large Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, colorful reef fish and hard corals.
The Hawaiian Islands (named the Sandwich Islands by Captain James Cook) are a unique place to dive because about one quarter of the species that you see on the reef are endemic to the islands. This means that when you go scuba diving in Hawaii you will see fish, invertebrates and corals that are found nowhere else in the world. The most famous of these fish is the triggerfish Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the state fish of Hawaii.
The Best Scuba Diving Tours in Hawaii
We offer Hawaii scuba diving tours in small groups with no more than 4 divers per instructor. Whether you are an experienced diver, recently certified, need a refresher or have never tried scuba diving before we offer a tour perfect for your interests and abilities.
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- Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Schools of Reef Fish
- Perfect for newly certified or rusty divers, or for divers that enjoy relaxed, shallow reef diving
- Guided by an instructor, slow paced, relaxed dives
- Max depth 40 to 60 feet
Oahu's Shipwrecks - Two Tank Morning Charters
Oahu scuba diving is best known for shipwrecks such as the Sea Tiger, YO-257 and the WWII Corsair Airplane. The Sea Tiger and YO-257 lie just off the coast of Waikiki and the Corsair crashed and sank off of the Southeast coast in Maunalua Bay.
Our morning two tank scuba diving tours start off at one of these wrecks for the first dive and go to a reef for the second. Oahu's shipwrecks, especially the Sea Tiger, YO-257 and Corsair, are a trademark of Hawaii scuba diving and best suited for experienced divers as they lie in deep water (approximately 100-110 feet or 30-33 meters deep).
Oahu's Reefs - Two Tank Afternoon Charters
If you are a newly certified diver, need a refresher or are just a little rusty our afternoon charters are perfect for you.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are on the endangered species list and cannot be harassed or handled but going on our afternoon dive is a great chance to see these large animals underwater.
Our afternoon trips start by visiting a dive site called Turtle Canyons which is best known for it's turtle cleaning station. You can watch the reef fish come up to the hovering sea turtles and clean their shells. We are careful not to scare the turtles or disrupt their cleaning and they normally do not mind hanging around and letting our dive groups get a great show. Schools of triggerfish, butterfly fish, moorish idols, trumpet fish and the occasional octopus can also been seen at this amazing dive site.
The second dive of the day takes place on a Hawaiian hard coral reef where we continue searching for octopi and eels in the reef while we observe schools of colorful reef fish. Turtles are a trademark of scuba diving in Hawaii. Come experience them up close!
Hawaii's most famous nature preserve is named Hanauma Bay and is located on the island of Oahu. Hanauma Bay is about a 20 minute drive east from Waikiki and a must for all Hawaii scuba diving vacations.
Hanauma Bay was an enclosed volcanic crater until the side fell into the sea and it filled with ocean water turning it into a beautiful cove filled with corals and abundant marine life. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, schools of reef fish and breaching Humpback whales (during winter months) make scuba diving in Hawaii at Hanauma Bay unique and exciting.
Hanauma Bay is an excellent place to try scuba diving for the first time on an introductory scuba diving tour. The curved nature of the bay and the barrier reef make the shallow waters great for beginner divers.
Getting your PADI scuba diving certification is a great way to spend a few days of your Hawaii vacation. If you are already a certified diver we offer advanced certifications to help improve your skills and show you new things.
Your PADI Open Water Diver course will take 3 days during which you will learn the skills necessary to become a safe diver. We will spend the first day going over skills in shallow confined water and the next two days doing 4 open water dives from either boat or shore. These dives are great for learning how to become a safe and responsible diver but are also a lot of fun. We do these dives during our afternoon charter and normally encounter many sea turtles and other marine life.
At the end of this course you will be a certified scuba diver for life! There's no better way to experience the ocean than scuba diving in Hawaii.
The advanced course consists of 5 training dives plus a bonus dive. You will explore some new areas of scuba diving such as wreck diving, deep diving, underwater navigation, improving your buoyancy as well as general instruction in becoming a safer diver and feeling more comfortable on any dive boat.