ISLAND DIVERS HAWAII DIVE REPORTS

Underwater Bliss

We love catering to eclectic boatfuls of saltwater enthusiasts here at Island Divers.  Last Saturday we hosted a healthy mix of introductory, certified, open water, and advanced open water students/divers. The wind was a bit stiff but that didn’t stop our adventurous bunch from having a blast under the waves.

Saturday Afternoon Saltwater Therapy

It’s always a welcome treat to have a full boat of divers on our afternoon charters. The sun was shining, the breeze was cooling, and the seas were fair. Our destinations were Koko Craters and Angler’s reef; two dive sites that offer the perfect mix of stunning underwater topography and diverse marine life. Both dives were replete with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and a variety of moray eels – the 150 feet of underwater visibility didn’t hurt either.

The Clear Maunalua Bay

It was an absolutely wonderful morning scuba diving off the south east coast of Oahu today. We had a great group of divers as we headed out to the Corsair for the first dive. Dropping in the water we had no current and 100 ft of visibility. It was the perfect time to dive the site. We had fish all over the site with wrasses, tangs, and soldier fish hiding in the wreck and snapper and butterfly fish swimming about. There are also tons of garden eels all around the site. But soon it was time to head up and move on to the second site.

Friday Morning Wreck and Drift Dives

Flat seas are always a welcome luxury when diving in the open Pacific and our divers were treated to just that on Friday for our two-tank wreck/drift dives. Baby barge was our first destination, a wreck that sits in 85 feet which is home to a variety of sea turtles and moray eels; the water was a beautiful shade of purple/blue and the visibility was well over 100 feet. After a surface interval we dropped in at Spitting Caves for our drift dive. This site is always a pleasure as corals and turtles are abundant; we were even blessed with some white tip reef shark sightings.

Saturday Afternoon Double Reef Dive

It was another beautiful Hawaiian afternoon in Maunalua Bay aboard the Enzo as summer settles in. There was an eclectic assortment of first timers, open water scuba students, and certified divers on board which allowed for the creation of many different types of lasting memories. Hawaiian waters never cease to amaze and all were treated to turtles, moray eels, and stunning underwater topography.

Lake Maunalua Bay

It was one of those spectacular days out on waters of the southeast side of Oahu. We had a nice group of divers today was we headed for the LCU for the first dive. There was a little rain but crystal clear, blue water as we tied up to the site. There was no current and a good 100+ ft viz. We had fish all over the wreck with schools of barracuda, snapper, and goatfish and even found a small white tip reef shark hiding under a cement block.  Coming up from the dive we had no wind and completely calm water as we sat through our surface interval.

Fantastic Mother’s Day Dives! 5/14

The day started out with some beautiful blue skies here on Maunalua Bay.  We had a full boat, lots of students and some down right happy divers.  Baby Barge was our first site of the day.  We had some current today but all of our divers were up for the challenge.  We were visited by turtles, eels and octopus at this site.  Our photographers on the boat were pretty happy with all wild life at the boat of the sea.

A Day of Nitrox Diving

Today was a wonderful day on the waters of south Oahu with a great group of divers. We had most of the boat diving enriched air nitrox with a few of the guys finishing up there EAN class.  We had planned to tie up for the first dive but as we got to the barges we had a ripping current and opted for a barge drift. It is such a wonderful dive being able to drift past Baby Barge, New Barge, and the LCU in one dive. There were turtles all around the Baby Barge and fish life throughout the dive. We even saw two massive ulua on New Barge.

Thursday Afternoon Reef Dives

Another beautiful Hawaiian afternoon in Maunalua Bay with Open Water students and certified divers aboard the Enzo; final preparations were made and dock lines were cast off. The winds were light, the sun was shining, and the swell was down, creating fantastic diving conditions. In addition to learning valuable new underwater skills, our divers were treated to an enchanting assortment of turtles, moray eels, colorful reef fishes, and corals on our afternoon trip.