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Hawaii

Introduction

Especially for people from Europe, Hawaii is a magic name and a dream destination for many divers. The archipelago is made of seven main islands, and presents many faces to the visitors; Hawaii is a US state with a strong Japanese influence, and its islands are a paradise for nature lovers. Especially Big Island, the largest island, where there are very attractive diving sites, a volcano (Kilauea) which is erupting since 1983 (making it the longest eruption ever observed by men), a high mountain (Mauna Kea) with a summit at more than 4200 meters (and one of the best spot on earth for astronomical observations), tropical forests with impressive waterfalls, incredible beaches (often barely accessible), and so on...

Many tourists stop on the islands of O'ahu and Maui only. They miss the best part of the archipelago...

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Diving type

Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

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map

Infrastructures

  • diving center
    Dive Makai
    Dive Makai (diving center)
    telephone : 1 (808) 329-2025
    fax : 1 (808) 329-2025
    address : PO Box 2955, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745, USA
    rerservation : Direct link for booking or to receive detailed information : www.divemakai.com/reservations.htm
    rating : 4 / 4 starsrating : 4 / 4 stars
    comments :
    We have dived a lot, in many different places, et often had the chance to visit really great diving centers. Even though, Dive Makai left us with a very special impression. For almost 30 years, Tom Shockley and Lisa Choquette were guiding divers around Big Island with such an energy and passion that most visitors were easily bewitched. A new owner took over in 2005, but the philosophy remains the same. This diving center is using only one boat, and a small team working like a family. The knowledge they acquired are invaluable to the divers, which are brought to the best dive sites at the best moment - and no need to mention that divemasters knows exactly where to find the interesting stuff underwater.
    Dive Makai is often introduced as the best diving center on Big Island. But its reputation goes much further that the island itself...

  • new
    diving center
    Jack's Diving Locker
    Jack's Diving Locker (diving center)
    telephone : 1 (800) 345 4807
    fax : 1 (808) 329 7588
    address : 75-5813 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
    rating : 3 / 4 starsrating : 3 / 4 stars
    comments :
    A large dive operation with several boats. Possibility to rent material for shore diving, in which case free maps are provided.

Diving Sites

  • rating : 4.0
    3 Room Cave
    rating : 4.0
    depth : 20 m
    description :
    Cave diving is always an interesting experience. But when you can visit two different caves on the same site, the diving can be unforgettable (and probably, if you trust the name of the dive site, there must be a third cave somewhere around)! Divers go from brightness to darkness, while the daylight creates fantastic shadows. In one of the cave, we saw a Spanish dancer - extremely difficult to see during a day dive. One of the best diving sites in Hawaii...
          
  • rating : 4.0
    Horseshoe Canyon
    rating : 4.0
    depth : 25 m
    description :
    From the boat, this site looks really inhospitable. The sight is dominated by a cliff made of black volcanic stone diving in the sea, while the waves are loudly breaking on the shore. About a hundred meters from that shore, a pinnacle stands alone: the dive takes place around it. Underwater, on the other hand, the location is fascinating. Because of the current, large animals are often seen there, and we could even observe a hammerhead shark for a couple of seconds. A moray, several shellfish as well as an interesting small fauna have been observed, too.
                
  • rating : 3.0
    Pinnacles of Illusions
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 20 m
    description :
    A hilly underwater landscape, with caves and cavities in which many animals are found. Also lots of schools of reef fish.
            
  • rating : 3.0
    Suck Em Up
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 30 m
    description :
    An unusual scenery for this dive, since the sea floor is covered with remains of old lava flows, including a 30-meters long lava tube. This site is very close to the shore, and divers can see the waves breaking on the rocks. Also a cave and several tunnels through which divers can swim. In the cave, we saw a Spanish dancer and several porcupine-fish. Lots of beautiful small yellow corals on the ceiling of the cave.
        
  • rating : 3.0
    Turtles Heaven
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 25 m
    description :
    A fault at a depth of 10 meters, and an interesting landscape for this dive. As the name of the site would suggest, we saw four turtles swimming just next to the divers! Also some interesting nudibranchs.
          
  • rating : 2.0
    Kaloko Critters
    rating : 2.0
    depth : 20 m
    description :
    A site that is not dived often, apart perhaps by some divemasters from Dive Makai: there is no buoy on the site. The bottom is shallow (10-12 meters) and almost completely flat, covered by rocks and sand. Interesting for small fauna, as some species are not visible elsewhere in Hawaii. By swimming away from the buoy, a slightly more attractive landscape is visible. But apart a huge moray, this dive was not that attractive.
      
  • rating : 2.0
    Kaloko Sandpatch
    rating : 2.0
    depth : 15 m
    description :
    Quite similar to Kaloko Critters, and also a little disappointing.
          

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