Scuba Diving off the Big Island is considered by many to be the best diving in Hawaii
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Big Island of Hawaii Diving and Scuba
Scuba diving off the Big Island of Hawaii is considered by many to be as good as it gets in Hawaii.
Hawaii diving, specifically Hawaii scuba diving off the famous Kona Coast of the Big Island, is one of the most rewarding Hawaii activities available in all of Hawaii.
The Big Island's Kona Coast in particular has been blessed with some of the calmest waters in Hawaii in both the morning and the afternoon allowing Big Island scuba companies to take charters out all day long. Kona diving sites are also among the most beautiful to be found in all of Hawaii.
Some of the most fantastic Hawaii diving trips are the ones that take you to see the Manta Rays. These are most often seen on night dives when these graceful, giant fish come out to feed. They are huge. They are fluid. They are beautiful and they are awesome.
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Kona scuba diving can be provided for certified divers and beginners alike and some companies even offer special dive vacation complete with airfare and accommodations. There is no question that diving off the, Big Island has really come into its own. It is one of the fastest growing segments of the activities market on Hawaii and many divers are discovering the excitement and beauty of diving the Big Island.
If you're not a certified diver but would like to experience a dive, we'll set you up on a "first - time dive." No experience is necessary; you'll dive with a full tank of air on your very first day. Some companies even offer a two-tank dive for beginners. You get used to the tanks and other diving apparatus during your first dive and, once comfortable in the water, your second dive provides the diving experience you are seeking.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Scuba Diving:
- Certified already? Don't forget your C-card.
- Prices for Big Island of Hawaii dives usually include all equipment.
- There are no guarantees you will go to a particular dive spot. If the Hawaii dive company knows you want to go to one place specifically, every effort will be made to accommodate you. The deciding factors are weather and ocean conditions.
- Book your Big Island of Hawaii dive tours early during busy times.
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the best islands in Hawaii for water sports including diving, snorkeling, and snuba diving and one of excellent companies to view this underwater world with is Big Island Water Sports. Big Island Water Sports is there to enhance your underwater experience year round by sharing Kona's variety of fish, eagle and manta rays, sea turtles, eels, coral reefs, octopus and underwater volcanic topography. In the winter months there is also the abundant whales to be seen and year round there are dolphins. One of the different concepts that Big Island Water Sports implements is that they allow various members of your group to all participate together regardless of their capabilities. It is very unlikely for instance, that most companies would allow snorkelers or first time divers to actually go out on the same tour as an advanced or certified diver but this can happen with Big Island Water Sports.
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Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii has made a living by taking divers out to visit the Manta Rays. This is not to say that this is the only dive or snorkel they have on their menu but it's fair to say that since Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii was featured in National Geographic in December of 1995 and again in Life Magazine in August of 1998 with full articles and beautiful photographic spreads featuring their dives with the magic Manta Rays, that their dive business took a significant slant in the direction of dives with the Manta Rays. And why not! The Manta Rays are fantastic animals and these dives were rated by Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the top ten dives of all time involving large marine animals. These animals are huge, measuring in some cases fifteen feet at their widest wingspan. Large they are and scary they might look, but there is nothing about these animals that can really hurt you. There are no teeth and no barbs and they are often referred to as the "gentle giants" of Kona. It is estimated that there may be up to one-hundred-and-fifty individuals located along the coastline and they very predictably show up evening after evening at specific locations to feed on plankton and other small creatures. As an amazing additional benefit Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii even offers evening snorkeling tours with the Manta Rays.
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A full array of diving options are available from Mauna Lani Sea Adventures on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The coastline off the coast of the Mauna Lani Resort Boathouse Dock where the various dives depart from is rich in the number of dives sites available for its charters and all are located in areas that are very close. This coastline is almost pristine in its appearance and the visibility underwater is remarkably far. These facts alone make it a fantastic place for Mauna Lani Sea Adventures to operate its dives. Dives are available daily for certified one tank dives and also for certified two tank dives on a very personalized twenty-one foot power catamaran that only takes a maximum of six passengers. Depending upon which dive you may choose the dive will last either three or four hours in duration. This is an excellent area for refresher divers because of its extreme beauty and its depth of dive which averages about forty feet. In addition introductory dives are available which spend a bit of time in the pool and then submerge in the ocean for a one-tank dive. The maximum size of these one tank dives is four persons. Night dives are a big draw on the Big Island and these dives are available upon request with a two person minimum and of course dive certification classes are available as well.
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Diving with Torpedo Tours off the coast of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii will provide a different aspect to your diving experience. Torpedo Tours is the expert dive company in the state to provide you "torpedoes" to enhance your dive. Torpedoes are safe and easy to use and provide a number of interesting advantages not available to you on a regular dive. First of all you will be able to cover four times as much distance on a dive with a torpedo than without one as you cruise along at two knots per hour. Because the torpedo is providing all the power needed to propel your dive you will not need to kick as much and thus you will not expend as much energy and you will have a longer bottom time. Anytime you want you will be able to stop and then start again at will so you will be able to view whatever you want in detail at any point during your dive. You will also be able to keep up with fish as they swim such as rays, sharks and dolphins. The bottom time on a torpedo is about eighty minutes so you will have plenty of time to roam and the batteries are just switched out for your second dive. The last great advantage do diving with torpedoes with Torpedo Tours is that it is a blast!
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Big Island of Hawaii Scuba Diving - The diving is great on the Big Island. In fact many divers believe that the very best diving to be found in Hawaii is on the big island. Certainly the conditions are generally excellent. On most other islands the best diving is in the morning when the seas are calm and before the trade-winds pick up. Generally on the Big Island diving conditions are great in the morning and the afternoon so you have more latitude in your diving times. Also, the night dives on the Big Island are famous as a time to see the giant Manta Rays.