Scuba Diving Tours Hanauma Bay Hawaii
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Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Introductory Scuba Dive
We will have you sign your Discover Scuba Diving registration, medical forms and walk you to the entrance of the park (the entrance fee is included in our price) to send you in to see a 9 minute video about preserving Hanauma Bay.
This introductory video tells you about some of the marine species that we encounter on our dive tours and gives some good guidelines to help keep Hanauma Bay nature preserve beautiful (such as not touching or standing on the coral reef.) While you are watching the video your Scuba Instructor will be getting all of your equipment ready for you.
Once you are finished with the video your instructor will give you a thorough safety briefing that will cover Scuba equipment use, interacting with marine life, and hand signals. After your safety briefing you will get into the gear, ride the tram to the beach and head into waist deep water. Our dive tours start by simply getting comfortable breathing underwater as well as practicing a few skills that your Scuba Instructor went over with you in the briefing. This is done in water that is shallow enough to stand up so that you can ease your way into scuba diving.
After completing the skills and experiencing scuba for the first time your instructor will take you on a tour to see all of the beautiful species of marine animals that live in Hanauma Bay Hawaii!
What Makes Scuba Diving Hanauma Bay Special?
Hanauma Bay is the most famous nature preserve in Oahu and the ideal location for first time Scuba divers and certified divers alike. Living Ocean Scuba leads dive tours in Hanauma Bay and offers Scuba Diving Certification Courses as well as Introductory Scuba Dives. This amazing marine preserve is home to schools of reef fish as well as the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Fish are abundant and can grow quite large in Hanauma Bay. The beautiful shallow reefs make scuba diving in Hanauma Bay one of the best reef dives on Oahu, Hawaii.
Certified Scuba Divers in Hanauma Bay
Boats are not allowed to enter Hanauma Bay so the only way to see these protected reefs is from shore. Your Divemaster will talk with the group but normally certified divers prefer to snorkel across the shallow inner reef and save their air for the outer reef. During the surface swim divers can still see the abundant marine life living on the shallow inner reef at Hanauma Bay. Once outside the channel divers descend and begin their dive. The best part of the reef is around 30ft making it colorful and giving us plenty of time to explore. We see Spotted Eagle Rays, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, schools of Convict Tangs, Sergeant Majors, Parrot Fish, Moray Eels and many other species while Scuba diving Hanauma Bay.
Hanauma Bay Hawaii History
Hanauma Bay (“Hanauma” meaning “curved bay”)is believed to be over 35,000 years old. The bay itself is actually the floor of a volcanic crater that opened up to the ocean when its exterior wall collapsed. The State of Hawaii opened Hanauma Bay in 1967 as a marine life conservation area and underwater park. Hanauma Bay is sheltered from strong currents and waves, making it an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. A large sandy beach is surrounded by several hiking trails that lead to breathtaking lookouts. On clear days in the winter and early spring you can see breaching humpback whales from shore. You can also spot the islands of Molokai and Lanai across the channel.
- Summer Hours: 6am-7pm
- Winter Hours: 6am-6pm
- Closed for Scuba Diving tours on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
- 7455 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, HI 96825