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Scuba Diving in Oahu

By Viator, December 2017

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Oahu’s scenery is just as spectacular below the waves as it is above. Certified divers can explore underwater caverns and shipwrecks, while everyone—from first-timers to dive instructors—can experience the island’s colorful corals, fish, eels, turtles, dolphins, and sharks. Here’s what you need to know about diving on Oahu. 

Highlights
  • Take beginner scuba lessons and walk into the sea from Waikiki, or jump from a boat off Oahu’s west side
  • PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, offers Discover Scuba courses that allow uncertified visitors to experience diving without the cost of full certification
  • Discover Scuba packages include equipment rental (though for certified divers, generally only tanks and weights are included in the price)
  • Oahu offers safe, shallow-water reef dives, great for beginners
  • All tours enable you to see Hawaii’s underwater world with professionally trained and certified divemasters

Where to Go
Many Oahu scuba tours offer pickups from Honolulu hotels and transport you to various dive sites by scenic boat ride. There are loads of honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) and great reef diving at Turtle Canyons, Kahala Barge, the Corsair Fighter Plane, and Koko Crater, a south-shore site perfect for all experience levels. 

How to Go
Whether you book a dive boat charter or shore dive, you’re sure to have a great time underwater around Oahu. Some dive shops and tour operators choose dive sites on the day of departure, based on currents and weather conditions. If you have a specific site in mind, be sure to speak with your dive operator in advance. Keep in mind that beginner divers can’t go below 40 feet (12 meters), and everyone needs to wait at least 18 hours after a standard two-tank dive before flying.

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Discover Scuba Diving from Waikiki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Do you want to go scuba diving on vacation but don't have time for a scuba certification? Then this tour is for you! This Honolulu SCUBA company offers this ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.56
Two Tank Certified Wreck SCUBA Diving From Waikiki, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Two Tank Certified Wreck SCUBA Diving From Waikiki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This tour is for certified tour divers looking for an adventure on the Island of Oahu. You will be taken to two different locations on this wreck and reef dive.

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.00
Scuba Diving for Beginners on the Leeward Coast, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Scuba Diving for Beginners on the Leeward Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Experience the thrill of scuba diving during your stay in Hawaii with a beginner scuba diving class! No diving experience is necessary, and an expert ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.85
Oahu Certified Scuba Diving Tour, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Oahu Certified Scuba Diving Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

If you’re a certified scuba diver, explore what lies beneath Oahu’s turquoise waters on this diving adventure! Enjoy the scenic ride on the dive boat before ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99
Certified Diving Tour: South Shore Wreck Dive, Oahu, Snorkeling
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Certified Diving Tour: South Shore Wreck Dive

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Small group Hawaiian boat diving outside world famous Waikiki Beach. Great shipwrecks, stellar reefs, and an abundance of Hawaiian marine life make for a truly ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Certified Diving Tour: West Side Wreck Dive, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Certified Diving Tour: West Side Wreck Dive

Small group wreck and cavern dives from the west side of Oahu. Amazing views of untouched mountainside and seasonal humpback whale sightings.

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Certified Diving Tour: Waikiki South Shore Shallow Boat Dive, Oahu, Scuba Diving
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Certified Diving Tour: Waikiki South Shore Shallow Boat Dive

Small group scuba dive tour outside world famous Waikiki Beach! Enjoy amazing reefs, abundant Hawaiian marine life, and great views of Honolulu!

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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