- One tank with full gear set (dive computer included) $45
- Two tanks with full gear set (dive computer included) $50
- Safety Package (float, line, and dive flag) $15
- Separate pieces of equipment with tank rentals
**Hawaii Law requires the use of a dive flag for all scuba and snorkeling activities
Reserve your gear from your favorite shop!
Schofield Outdoor Rec – 435 Ulrich Way, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
808 397 5444 This shop is in the middle of the island near Wahiawa on the Army post Schofield Barracks. At this time, US citizens with valid ID and a vehicle with up to date insurance, registration and safety check may enter the post at the Lyman gate. Be aware that Google will try and take you through the Foote gate (fastest), you will need to look at the map and find the Lyman gate one street away if you are not active duty or DOD.
This the best location for renting gear if you are coming from Honolulu or Waikiki and want to go diving at Shark’s Cove, Three Tables, Haleiwa Trench or other north shore dive sites
Hawaii Kai – 377 Keahole Street, Honolulu HI 96825
808 423 8222 This shop is only miles from Hanauma Bay, consistently rated one on the top beach destinations in the world. Located in a shopping center with restaurants, a Safeway, and a Long’s Drugs – this is a convenient stop on the way to or from Hanauma Bay. It is also near the advanced sites Lanai Lookout, Halona Blowhole, and China Walls. All of these sites are weather and tide dependent and it is highly recommended that you hire a guide if you are interested in these challenging sites. If you are diving Hanauma Bay, it is recommended that you check in with a lifeguard before entering the water, most are friendly and will be happy to point out safe and fun areas to dive. Remember that Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesday!
Honolulu Scuba Company – 670 Auahi Street Honolulu HI 96813
808 220 0577 This shop is in Kakaako between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. A good jumping off point for an island visitor staying in Waikiki for diving any side of the island. This would be a good spot to stop if you are coming from Honolulu toward the west side for shore diving. Kahe Beach Park, known as Electric Beach is a popular spot, and further up the coast are Makaha Caverns and Yokahama.
Matt’s quick and dirty guide to Oahu Shore diving:
- Shark’s Cove -North Shore: If it summer time, then chances are North shore sites will have good weather, forget about it in the winter. Pretty easy site and there are ALWAYS divers there that you can talk to. Big swell makes it dangerous, check the conditions. Alternate site: Three Tables
- Electric Beach -West Side: You have to watch the swell in the winter, as this site can get wrap around, but it is good most of the year. The electric plant outflow is a highlight and good reef all around. Watch your possessions in this somewhat sketchy area. Alternate site: Makaha. However, this is a looong surface swim. Payoff is good though.
- Magic Island – Town side. A pretty good hike with scuba gear (500 yards) from the parking lot to the lagoon at the end of the park. And then a pretty good 10 minute kick to the reef in front of the lagoon along the boat channel. However, once you made it it is pretty nice out there, good reef structure. Best on an incoming tide (clearer viz). Alternate site: not anything I’d recommend
- Hanauma Bay – East side. Great site, but it is a little hassle getting to the beach with the park entrance fee, crowded parking (get there early). However, it is very protected and you only have to worry about tidal currents. Once past the first reef you are away from 98% of the beachgoers and the diving is fantastic.
Things to know when planning your dives:
- Check out the links windytv.com or surfnewsnetwork.com and see the type of swell coming in to your chosen site. 2-3 ft can be challenging, more than that and you are definitely taking chances.
- Think about getting one of those little waterproof boxes for your keys, and leave nothing visible in the car. Hiding your keys behind a rock doesn’t work, everyone is on to that.
- When you pick up your gear, ask the shop staff what they think of your plan. We are all divers and we want you to have a good time.
- The web resources for Oahu shore diving are a bit stale, namely shorediving.com, but there is a good book “The O’ahu Snorkelers and Shore Divers Guide” by Carvalho if you really want to dig into the planning.
- Be safe. The pacific ocean rolls right up on our shores, and if you look at the ocean and think “well…” then it is almost certain that it is not a maybe but a definite NO. In fact, if you get to a shore diving site and it doesn’t look good, bring the used gear back to the shop and we’ll credit you towards a two tank boat dive. *The gear must have not been used and the tanks must be full and returned the same day of rental. We want you to be safe.
Happy diving all,
Matt Zimmerman, owner