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7 of the Best Scuba Diving Spots in Hawaii

  • Best of Hawaii
  • / By Andrew

If you enjoy gorgeous beaches, crystal blue waters and warm weather - 3 things Hawaii happens to be famous for - this is the perfect vacation area for you. And, if you’re an avid scuba diver or even someone who wants to try it for the first time, Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful diving locations.

Unfortunately, with so many options, it can be hard to know which locations to try out. If you have a limited amount of time and don’t know where to start your scuba diving adventures, try out one of these best scuba diving spots.

Kealakekua Bay, Big Island

Kealakekua Bay is a well-known snorkeling spot in historic Kona. While the bay is great for boating and kayaking, its diving spots are spectacular.

Because Big Island is known for its underwater lava formations and the extensive corals that form along these formations.

The waters are populated with entire schools of tropical fish, eels, and turtles. However, Kealakekua Bay and the Kona area are known for manta rays. Guides can take you out to the areas where these majestic creatures swim.

If you want to learn a little history while scuba diving, ask to dive around the Captain James Cook memorial.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Located on the southeast tip of Oahu, Hanauma Bay is a family friendly diving and snorkeling point.

For those who are beginners and are nervous about going into deep or rougher water, Hanauma Bay is a great way to experience a more leisurely dive.

This area is also a Marine Life Conservation District, so it does have strict rules on how to treat the environment, ones that shouldn’t just be applied to this dive site, but anywhere you dive in Hawaii.

Make sure to check out this compilation 4k video from some dives around Oahu that include Hanauma Bay.

Black Rock, Maui

With a very easy access point, Black Rock is the Sheraton Hotels house reef. Despite it being near a rather developed area, Black Rock has such a great variety of wildlife, it’s still a must see.

Also situated around a lava formation, you’ll probably be able to see turtles, octopi, and moray eels. And don’t forget to look for the Triggerfish, the state fish of Hawaii, also known by its official name - Humuhumunukunukuapua. Say that fast three times!

If you have the time, Black Rock is even more stunning during the night dives. At this time, even more fish and sea creatures come out, like goatfish and shrimp.

And, if you’ve never done a night dive before, this beginner to intermediate site is a great opportunity for a first timer. You won’t feel too overwhelmed, but you won’t be bored with the amazing variety.

Honauna Bay, Big Island

With over 50 diving spots, Big Island Hawaii had to be on the list twice! Also called The City of Refuge, Honaunau Bay has a beautiful diving spot called Two-steps.

It’s named this because the lava flats go out into the bay and then create two steps that make it easy for divers to step into the water. There are the usual tropical fish at this location as well as green sea turtles, eels, and, if you’re lucky, dolphins!

While it can’t be promised, because they don’t always come, spinner dolphins have been known to use Honaunau Bay as a resting place during the day. You should always respect these animals’ space, but they are very friendly and many divers have reported spending entire days playing and interacting with the dolphins.

Honaunau Bay is another great location for divers of all diving experience, whether experts or beginners. And it’s backed by a national park, so if you need to take a break, you can spend time wandering the park, learning more about Hawaii and its colorful history.

The Cathedrals, Lanai

Technically, Cathedral One and Cathedral Two, the Cathedrals are internationally praised as some of the best caverns for scuba diving.

Made from the lava that has leaked into the ocean and cooled into tubes, passages, caverns, and arches, the Cathedrals are only suitable for intermediate and advanced divers.

With depths from 15 to 65 feet, not only will you get to see the usual fish that roam around the island, like trumpet fish and octopi, you’ll also get to see the creatures that inhabit the darker corners of these caverns.

Still, even without the sea life, the dives are amazing. Exploring the different formations and seeing the varying coral, like black coral, is just as interesting as the fishes at these sites.

Fish Rain, Molokai

Technically, Cathedral One and Cathedral Two, the Cathedrals are internationally praised as some of the best caverns for scuba diving.

Made from the lava that has leaked into the ocean and cooled into tubes, passages, caverns, and arches, the Cathedrals are only suitable for intermediate and advanced divers.

With depths from 15 to 65 feet, not only will you get to see the usual fish that roam around the island, like trumpet fish and octopi, you’ll also get to see the creatures that inhabit the darker corners of these caverns.

Still, even without the sea life, the dives are amazing. Exploring the different formations and seeing the varying coral, like black coral, is just as interesting as the fishes at these sites.

Kee Beach, Kauai

Kauai is home to some of the most amazing dive spots, so it’s hard to choose just one and makes answering the question - Is Maui or Kauai better? - that much more difficult to answer.


However, Kee Beach makes the list because of its versatility. If you’re vacationing in a group and want to visit an area that offers an opportunity for everyone to have fun, Kee Beach is a great option.

This little lagoon is great for snorkeling, with shallow waters and a calm current. Yet, a little further out are deeper coral reefs that experienced divers love to explore.

And Kauai is known for having the most dense population of green sea turtles. These creatures are friendly and will get close enough to be touched and to pose for pictures.

With amazing beaches, this is the perfect beach for the entire family to enjoy, no matter how well they dive.


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About the Author Andrew

The US Navy was kind enough to make Andrew live in Hawaii for 3 years spending most of his time in the Kaneohe area. When he wasn't working on helicopters he was playing baseball around the island, falling off his surfboard and getting speeding tickets on his motorcycle in Waikiki (follow the rules of the road kids!). Older and just a little wiser, he prefers the slower pace and never ending beauty of Kauai!

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