SCUBA dive off of the famed Kohala coastline among tropical reefs and colorful fish with expert PADI certified instructors aboard a custom built dive boat.
Explore the pristine waters of Kohala with a guided certified SCUBA diving expedition and see the many marine creatures that call the Hawaiian ocean their home. Go down to depths between 15 to 80 feet on a gently sloping reef while your guide leads you to the best locations with a group of no more than six divers. Your comfort assured both in and out of the water on a custom built dive boat that can fit 24 passengers, but will only have a maximum of 15 at any time. Even non-divers can have the time of their life as they snorkel around the boat to see tropical fish and green sea turtles.
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For safety reasons, guests must be able to communicate effectively in English to participate in this activity.
Scuba diving certification is required.
Do not drink alcohol within 8 hours of scuba diving.
Guests may not fly within 24 hours of a two-tank scuba dive due to the high risk of decompression sickness.
Guests may not scuba dive if you have any medical issue indicated on the \PADI Medical Statement and Questionnaire\". Those with medical issues must consult with a physician and complete the \""RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver's Physical Examination\"" on their behalf."""
Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.
Guests who are suffering from the ill-effects of the excessive consumption alcohol or are under the influence of alcohol on the day of the activity, are not permitted to participate in this activity.
Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
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Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
Participants with medical issues must bring a medical clearance form to participate in this activity.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
This activity may be changed or canceled for your safety, medical issues or comfort.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Complimentary parking available.
You can book a maximum of 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of boat will be used?
Kohala Divers uses a custom built 42-foot Coast Guard certified dive boat that has ample shade and sun, comfortable seating, stable platform and a marine head (restroom). Although licensed for 24 passengers, your comfort is assured with only a maximum of 15 passengers allowed at anytime.
Where are the dive sites?
Dive sites are located in South and North Kohala and chosen daily for optimal weather and visibility.
The Kohala Coast is the oldest part of the Big Island and are a topographical wonderland of volcanic action. Twisted and spun from molten hot magma to form unique pinnacles, lava tubes, arches, and bommies, these lava formations have been encrusted by more than 50 species of Hawaii’s stony coral colonies. Beautiful reef topography sets the stage for a huge diversity of fish (about 30% indigenous to Hawaii) and blue water visitors like sharks, rays dolphins, turtles and much more. During the winter months of December through April, many dives are filled with the sound of Humpback Whale songs.
What are the North Kohala dive sites?
Inside Crystal Cove: (20-40 feet) With a black sand bottom that hosts isolated coral heads, this is a utopia for critters, a great site for the beginner diver or for those who love macro life and coral gardens.
Outside Crystal Cove: (40-90 feet) The deeper end of Crystal cove holds tall pinnacles and islands of coral surrounded by sand. It is also an invertebrate wonderland, and there is a good chance at seeing the resident pod of spinner dolphins or the occasional eagle or manta ray.
The Lava Dome: (30-90 feet) The most unique coral head on the coast! Standing about 30 feet high, the lava dome is a volcanic rock covered in plate and knob coral. It is an amazing sight to see a coral head that is hundreds of years old. Beyond the dome, coral fingers stretch out to a ledge called Pink Floyd (after “the Wall”). This is where schooling fish like to congregate, blue dragon nudibranchs are common, and the big guys often cruise by.
Frog Rock: (20-70 feet) Lava tubes are a big feature here with lots of local critters inside. There are also nice coral fingers and a ton of juvenile fish.
Big Sandies: (15-70 feet) This is an ocean swimming pool! White sand rivers at only twenty feet are surrounded by healthy coral and good fish variety. Great for newbies, but the more advanced divers can cruise out to the finger that leads to a wall where fish schools peruse and octopus, shells and other invertebrates dwell.
Ulua Cave: (25-90 feet) Ulua features a large swim thru home to our very own sponge crab (Bob), Spanish dancer nudibanches and their egg sacs, and frog fish. Further from the boat the reef drops making a nice vantage to see bigger things cruise by (Dolphins, rays, whales and monk seals have all been seen here) great night dive too!
Horseshoe Reef: (20-60 feet) As the name implies, this site is formed by coral reef that is shaped into a horseshoe with ledges and lava tubes below. Resident white tip reef sharks like to snooze under the ledges in the day time. Check out a favorite swim through “the kitchen sink” and you will see how it got its name when you go down the drain.
Black Point Caves: (30-70 feet) A healthy ledge of coral that leads to lava tubes and ledges. There is a commonly seen resident white tip reef shark here and plentiful octopi abound!
Black Point: (40-90 feet) Prone to strong currents, the visibility is always astounding! An advanced site with deep drops and intense fish life, the schooling pyramid butterflies are a photographers dream come true.
What are the South Kohala dive sites?
Turtle Spa: (25-75 feet) The show stealer here is the almost always active turtle cleaning station. On calm days this can be visited from shore (with a bit of a swim). Please give the turtles some space and respect as though you are visiting them at the spa. Yellow tangs, damsels and wrasses get in on the action of picking parasites from their flippered friends.
Garden Eels: (40-75 feet) This is one of the shallowest spots where you can see row upon row of garden eels swaying like spaghetti noodles in the current at about 65-75 feet. Beyond that the terrain is fascinating with a swim through, moray eels, turtles and more.
Puako 76: (30-70 feet) This site is a coral heaven and home of many schooling fish including the helers Barracuda. The lush coral gardens are the perfect fish breeding zone which makes baby fish encounters here prime. Topography drops off at a slope which means seeing rays, dolphins and other pelagic ocean species is a great chance!
Alice’s Wonderland: (25-80 feet) Giant arches and abundant healthy coral are home to many invertebrate including octopus, frog fish, schooling fish and a great chance at pelagic encounters out at the steep drop off outside of the mooring. Truly something for every level of diver!
Paniau North and South: One of the most popular shore dives on this end of the island but such a treat to encounter from the boat where you can cover more terrain by avoiding a surface swim. This site is peppered with arches, lava fingers and lava tubes with sky lights letting in sunrays. Turtles, white tip reef sharks and rays are commonly encountered here
Puako Point: (10-100 feet) It really is out on a point: The mooring is set on a finger that almost comes to the surface and has swim thru’s below. A short swim out and the reef drops away to a steep ledge that will keep you looking at your gauges as you descend to the abyss. Great spot to see rays and octopus.
Turtle Mound: (15-60 feet) Here is another active turtle cleaning station and huge palani schools as well as lava tubes galore. Don’t be surprised if your gauge never goes beyond 40 feet. Most of the good stuff is shallow here!
Holo Holo Kai: This is to the South of Turtle mound and boasts similar features. More healthy coral, more healthy lava tubes, more healthy fish schools and fish breeding grounds, turtles, white tips, and just more of everything.
Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.