Whether you’re a novice, intermediate or experienced diver, the Aloha State is home to a diverse range of diving spots that suit all abilities. In Hawaii, you will find an abundance of exotic sea creatures, including humpback whales, historic wrecks, and an impressive level of marine biodiversity. The Hawaiian archipelago is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is made up of eight main islands, and these islands originated from volcanic activities. It is no wonder there is such diversity in Hawaii diving spots. Here are a few of the best dive spots in the Hawaiian islands.
Most Popular Dive: Molokini Crater
Maui is the second-largest island, and it is well-known for its luxury resorts and its stunning scenic spots. It is no surprise that Molokini Crater draws in thousands of visitors per day. Divers can reach this fine site by boat from Ma’alaea, Makena, or Kihei. Here, you can swim with manta rays, garden eels and white tip sharks.
Best Night Dive: Manta Ray Night Dive Kona
Molokini might draw in numerous visitors during the day, but the manta ray night dive in Kona has to be the most talked-about Hawaiian diving spot by experienced divers all over the world. Once the sun sets and darkness falls, you can head out to the ocean and watch gigantic schools of manta rays swooping and gliding around you as they feed on zooplankton. These majestic creatures are a sight to behold during any old dive, but they are truly remarkable to watch at night.
Best Dive for Beginners: Golden Arches
This diving spot is also found in Kona on Big Island, and the low current makes it is the perfect spot for beginners. Not to mention, it takes just 10 minutes to reach by boat, the visibility is over 30 meters and the maximum depth is 20 meters. The Golden Arches gets its name from the two large, coral-coated rock arches that can be found in this area. You will find tropical fish, turtles, octopus, dolphins, and sharks swimming in and around the arches. There are plenty of underwater spots to explore on Kona, so it is a good idea for divers to base themselves in one of the many Kona hotels.
Best Cave Dive: Lanai Cathedrals
Cave dives are not for the faint-hearted. They can be daunting experiences for beginners and should only be attempted by those who are comfortable in dark, isolated spaces. However, visiting the Lanai cathedrals is an ethereal experience that is well worth it for experienced divers. The cathedrals were formed out of collapsed lave tubes, and the illuminating cathedral effect is produced by the rocks that have fallen from the cavern ceiling.
Best Wreck Dive: USS YO-257
The USS YO-257 was built in 1940, and it was once a navy refueling vessel during the Vietnam War and World War II. It was intentionally sank by Atlantis Submarines to develop into an artificial reel for the company’s underwater tours. Despite its unnatural beginning, it’s still a stunning underwater landscape that’s well worth seeing.