Category: Diving in Hawaii


Diving in Hawaii is one of the best in the Americas with famous diving spots such as Maui and Kona on Big Island and famous dives such as the Molokini Crater and the manta night dive. Hawaii is a great destination for scuba divers who love shore diving and turtles. Less known for scuba diving, you can also give a try to Oahu or the lava tubes of Big Island.

The marine life in the Hawaiian Islands is mostly about turtles, manta rays, humpback whales, reef sharks and eagle rays. It’s the right place to go for both beginner and experienced divers. Due to the water temperatures, regarding scuba gear, it is most common to scuba dive there in a 5 mm wetsuit. The best time of the year is often from April to November. The best dive sites can be reached by boat.

Below you will find below all my best scuba diving stories from diving in Hawaii. I share my top tips on how to organise your trip, my favourites dives, what is the best itinerary or how to do it without breaking the bank. From a travel budget point of view, Hawaii is a higher budget destination, so save up accordingly.

2 weeks in Hawaii - Honaunau National Historical Park Big Island Hawaii

Scuba diving in Hawaii: my ultimate 2-week itinerary

“Are you getting married, Florine?”, “Did you go on honeymoon?”- “Whaaaat? Nooo…“ This is pretty much the type of conversation I had on and on, before and after my 2 week trip to Hawaii. The reason? The Hawaiian Archipelago seems such a fantasy destination beyond reach that most people believed it had to be for my big day. For sure, seen from Europe, going

Turtle Mala Wharf shore diving Lahaina Maui Hawaii

Shore diving in Maui: Hawaii’s best-kept secret

The Hawaiian Archipelago is full of bucket list dives with exciting adventures such as diving in the crater of a volcano or night diving with manta rays, but all of these scuba diving trips come at a high price tag. To be clear, I have rarely paid so much for a dive. At the same time, I was not expecting I could go shore diving

Turtle Shore Diving Two Steps Refuge Scuba diving Big Island Hawaii

Shore diving in Honaunau, Big Island

It was my last dive in Hawaii after my manta ray night dive in Kona but I didn’t know it yet when I entered the water. I was supposed to dive next at Old Airport in Kona, but as the weather deteriorated during the day, it was my final one as I had plans to go to a higher altitude to visit the Volcano

Night dive with manta rays Kona Hawaii

Manta ray night dive in Kona, Hawaii

I heard and read many stories on how Kona became such a famous place about diving with manta rays at night, becoming a bucket-list dive for adventurous scuba divers worldwide. While I think diving in Maui is a better choice for avid scuba divers visiting, Big Island is getting all the spotlight with the manta ray night dive in Kona. I had to check

Scuba diving lava tube Hawaii

Diving in lava tubes in Hawaii: will you dare to do it?

To fly from Japan to Maui, I had to make a choice between flying via Oahu (Honolulu) or Big Island (Kona). Given the possibility of seeing lava flowing into the ocean or night diving with a ballet of manta rays, I decided I could give up on Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbour Memorial in Oahu this time. After 11 days of exploring Maui and


Should you snorkel or scuba dive in Molokini Crater, Hawaii?

Molokini Crater was the first dive site of Hawaii I added to my bucket list. The description of a semi-submerged crater of an ancient volcano was enough to get me thrilled about diving it. When I read the uninhabited atoll was a State marine sanctuary with excellent visibility, it became my primary target for the day I would make it to Hawaii and go

The Carthaginian II : wreck diving in Maui

I had a thrill diving into the crater of Molokini but the Carthaginian II was the only opportunity I had to go wreck diving while diving in Maui. You go diving this shipwreck you only need to walk to the Lahaina town centre’s marina to board your scuba diving boat. Once onboard, it only takes about 15 minutes to be ready to dive. It