Your Big Island scuba dive begins on the sands of Waikoloa Beach, where you’ll board the dive boat and embark on a journey along the Kohala Coast. You’ll be fitted with all of the necessary equipment such as BC, regulator, and weights, and since trips are capped at only 10 people, you’re ensured a safe and personalized experience for exploring beneath the waves.
As you hook up your tank and prepare for the dive, the captain will steer the boat in the direction of the site with the best conditions for diving. In winter, keep an eye out for humpback whales while you enjoy the cruise to the dive site, and there’s even the chance your entire dive could take place to the soundtrack of whale song.
On this Big Island two-tank scuba dive tour, possible dive sites include:
- Garden Eel Cove: A steady descent that finishes in a sand channel full of curious garden eels.
- High Rock: A huge underwater ridge that rises to within 9 feet (3m) of the water’s surface
- Anglers: An underwater archway that’s known for its large population of colorful Lionfish
- Bandit Ledge: An abundant amount of cauliflower coral spread out over multiple ridges
- North Golden Arches: An underwater arch that’s surrounded by coral with a wealth of endemic marine life
- South Golden Arches: A large rock arch that springs from the sand that ‘s surrounded by coral and marine life
- Kaloko Arches: The main feature is the underwater architecture with arches, sea caves, and pinnacles
- Harlequin: A classic deep dive where it’s common to spot enormous schools of fish
- Eel Cove: A steep drop off towards an exciting deep dive
- Turtle Pinnacle: As the name suggests, one of the best places on the Kohala Coast to go diving with Hawaiian green sea turtles
- West Kaiwi: A spectacular dive site that’s laden with fish, as well as colorful corals
- Thunder Reef: A great spot to view pelagic animals that reside at deeper depths