Scuba Diving

Overview & Activity Comparison

Overview

The west side of the Big Island is blessed with clear warm waters and diverse marine life and coral that make it a haven for scuba diving. In addition to guaranteed tropical fish, lush coral, and lava flow formations, you also have a good chance of seeing octopus, eagle and manta rays, reef sharks, monk seals, dolphins, whales, and much more. A truly unique experience is witnessing manta rays as they put on a magical show in the spotlight of diving lights on most nights.
Guidebook Reviews

Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Scuba divers have found paradise on the west side of the Big Island which offers some of the best in Hawaii

Fodor's Guidebook:

The Big Island's underwater world is the setting for a dramatic diving experience. With generally warm and calm waters, vibrant coral reefs and rock formations, and plunging underwater drop-offs, the Kona and Kohala coasts offer some premier scuba diving

Activity Comparison

During the day, we offer a morning 2-tank dive from both Kona and Kohala. They both run daily from around 8 to 1, have a 6:1 guide to passenger ratio, provide detailed briefings, and serve snacks and beverages. The key differences between the two main trips are outlined in the table below. Additional details and booking options can be found by visiting the individual pages.

For the night dive with manta rays, click here.

Activity 1
Dive off Kohala Coast
Activity 2
Dive off Kona Coast
Location Kawaihae Harbor in North Kohala
(5-20 min from Waikoloa lodging)
Honokohau Marina in Kona
(30-45 min from Waikoloa lodging)
Boat 42’ boat 46’ boat
Max Passengers 15 18
Beginners No Yes, Intro Dive available
Refresher Option No Yes, Check Out Dive for those without a dive in past 2+ years
Transportation Service Yes, from Waikoloa/Kohala (free) No
Price Certified Diver: $149
Full set of scuba rental gear: $40
Snorkeler or Ride Along: $90
Private Guide: $250/guide
Certified Diver: $135
Full set of scuba rental gear: $39
Snorkeler: $69
Freediver: $95
Check Out Dive (gear included): $225
Intro Dive (gear included): $239
Private Guide: $100/guide
Activity Provider Kohala Divers Kona Honu Divers
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