Oahu Dive Sites
While other Hawaii scuba diving companies focus on specific sites,
We at Rainbow Scuba dive all 4 regions of Oahu, Hawaii.
Because of this, you will experience the best conditions and scuba diving on Oahu. As well, you will also be able to dive a different region every day while on your dive vacation.
Oahu - the "gathering place" - is our home of world-class Hawaii sCUBA diving.
From a SCUBA diver's perspective, Oahu has 4 distinct regions - North Shore, West Shore, South Shore and the Southeast Shore.
Each region offers a different dive experience and has its own unique character. As such, each offers a different dive experience.
South Shore Dive Sites
The Honolulu South Shore provides us with some of the most exciting shipwreck scuba diving on Oahu.
The dive sites are close to Waikiki so the boat ride is fast and easy.
Kewalo Basin Harbor schedule
7:30am - 11:00am - Two Tank/Two dive sites - Shipwreck scuba dive site then a reef scuba dive site
11:00am - 3:00pm - Two Tank/Two different Shallow reef scuba dive sites
The Sea Tiger is the deepest ship wreck on the island. It was sunk as an artificial reef in 1999, is 189 feet long, and is thriving with marine life. It rests in 122 feet of water.
The YO-257 is arguably the most exciting ship wreck to dive. There are actually two ship wrecks to see at this site: The San Pedro (80 feet long) rests only 30 meters from the YO-257 (190 feet long). This is definitely a two-for-one dive. You can expect to see white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, and even get your picture taken by the occupants of the Atlantis Submarine. That's right, the tourists will be inside the submarine looking out at you. Maximum depth is 107 feet.
Kewalo Basin Pipe
This site provides you with easy navigation and the opportunity to see the elusive dragon eel. There is an abundance of aquatic life to observe and photograph. Maximum depth is 60 feet.
This is a horseshoe-shaped reef with a resident white-tip reef shark. You can expect to see eels, puffer fish, butterfly fish and green sea turtles. Maximum depth is 30 feet.
This reef is teeming with green sea turtles, cleaner wrasse and eels. These lava fingers extend to and from the shore. It is easy to navigate and fun to conduct photography or just enjoy the friendly aquatic life. Maximum depth is 35 feet.
The only wreck that was not intentionally sunk as an artificial reef, the corsair was ditched by its pilot during WWII as it ran out of fuel. The aircraft is in remarkable condition and even has an intact glass face on one of the cockpit gauges. The plane sits in 107 feet of water and is the only site where we have seen the elusive garden eels.
This reef system offers ample opportunity to photograph the green sea turtles and the many octopus that inhabit the reef. There are several swim throughs on this site and it is an excellent area to find 'sea biscuits' which are the tests of urchins. Maximum depth is 50 feet.
At this dive site you can combine wreck and reef diving. You can expect to see the green sea turtles as well as the friendly white tip reef sharks. Maximum depth is 85 feet.
The LST is an exciting wreck dive which allows for easy wreck penetration. It is 110 feet long and sits in 95 feet of water
The wall provides the setting for some of the most exciting drift diving on the island of Oahu. There are caverns to explore and small caves to visit. The maximum depth is 90 feet, but most dives are done between 40 and 60 feet.
The Sea Cave is an exciting cave dive located between Portlock Wall and Paliea Point. The mouth of the cave is located in 55 feet of water and the cave extends inward approximately 150 feet. You can expect to see white-tip reef sharks and sea turtles as well as many different types of shells and reef fish.
This site is not always available due to the water conditions. When it is conducive to safe diving it is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world. Maximum depth is 90 feet.
West Shore Dive Sites
The Mahi was a navy mine layer in WWII. It was sunk as an artificial reef in 1982 and has been one of the most sought after dive sites on the islands. It is 189 feet long and sits in 90 feet of water. There is a family of eagle rays living on the wreck and it is the only place that you will see a large number of puffer fish schooling. This is an easy dive, lying just a short boat ride from the harbor.
This site has a BeechCraft airplane resting on the bottom in 95 feet of water. We often see an oceanic white-tip reef shark resting under a ledge close to the plane. Maximum depth at this site is 112 feet.
Makaha Caverns is a beautiful reef system that will always surprise you. You just never know what you are going to see. The reef is teeming with octopus, eels, turtles, eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks and any number of the tropical fish that Hawaii has to offer.
Black Rock will almost always provide you a chance to photograph white-tip reef sharks and sea turtles. It is a beautiful cavern with a maximum depth of 85 feet.
This is a pristine reef system that will take your breath away. The reef is shallow and is surrounded by beautiful white sand. Maximum depth is 30 feet.
This is a turtle cleaning station. The turtles rest on the bottom while the cleaner fish do their job cleaning the turtles' shells and skin. There is a good chance of seeing reef sharks at this site as well. They are normally resting under the swim through at the mooring site. Maximum depth at this site is 40 feet.
The actual name of this site is Kahe Point, but is commonly called Electric Beach due to the electricity-generating plant located directly across the highway from the entry site. The plant uses seawater to cool its turbines and then returns this warmed water to the ocean via underground pipes. The warmed water stirs up the bottom as it flows up and out attracting a great number of feeding fish. It is a great site to conduct photography and fish identification. The maximum depth is 29 feet.
North Shore Dive Sites
Sharks Cove was named many years ago because of a meat processing plant that was located just across the road from the site. At the end of the day, the plant personnel would take the scraps from the day's processing and throw them into the sea within the cove. It did not take long for the sharks to figure out that there was a free dinner at the end of the day. It was a daily event for the local population to come out and watch the sharks eat inside the cove. The meat plant has been gone for many years and the sharks no longer f requent the cove but the name stayed. It is an awesome diving and snorkeling site. Maximum depth is 35 feet.
This site provides swim throughs and canyons to explore. You can expect to see white-tip reef sharks and frog fish as well as all of the other tropical fish in Hawaii. Maximum depth is 50 feet.
Three Tables is a diversified site that provides swim throughs, canyons and flat reef plateaus. All types of training can be conducted here because of the attainable depths on the outer reef. Three Tables is also a great snorkeling site for the entire family. Maximum depth is 60 feet.
***North Shore dive sites are generally only available during the summer due to the frequent large winter swells
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