Discover Diving on Oahu
Information about scuba diving spots and service
providers on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
The island of Oahu offers a spectrum of diving experiences for the beginner
student to the advanced diver. Shore dives and boat dives, night or day, the
pristine waters of Hawaii come to life with colorful reef fish, coral beds,
star fish, turtles, octopus, lobster, intricately designed shells and lots
of other marine life. Oahu is also the only place in Hawaii for wreck diving.
With over 650 species of reef fish, Hawaii has more than 200 unique species
found nowhere else in the world due to the development in isolation nearly
2,000 miles from the nearest continent or island reef habitats. Diving off
Oahu’s coast, you are apt to see some of the 38 varieties of moray eels,
nine species of frogfish (anglerfish) and a dozen or so types of scorpion
fish, as well as an abundance of marine flat worms, nudibranchs, shrimp
and giant sea turtles.
Diving on Oahu is easily accessible with great dive sites surrounding the
island and more than 25 dive shops to service all levels of divers. On the
south side, the Corsair wreck is a premier dive sight for advanced divers.
In 1946, the pilot of the Corsair ran out of fuel on a training mission in
1946 and ditched the plane off the shores of Hawaii Kai. The plane landed
in 105 feet on a sandy bottom leaving the plane fully intact. Divers have
seen rare crocodile and garden eels, horned helmet
(conch) shells, large pelagic fish such as barracuda, jacks and stingrays
that frequent this site for feeding.
On the west side, the Mahi shipwreck is another interesting dive featuring
a 186 foot U.S. Navy vessel sunk in 1982 as an artificial reef on a sandy
bottom at 90 feet. The Mahi was voted by "Rodale’s Scuba Diving" as the
fourth best wreck dive in the United States. The vessel features three decks
ranging from 58 to 78 feet in depth. A group of spotted eagle rays are
sometimes spotted swimming around the wreck. The Mahi is located one mile
from the Waianae Boat Harbor.
On the Windward (east side), Moku Manu is about 500 yards off Mokapu Point
with rich marine life including eels, turtles, reef fish and lobster hiding
in the caves. Diving depths range from 30 to 90 feet.
On the North Shore, Shark’s Cove nearby Waimea Bay, offers great summer
shore dives featuring reef with caves, lava tubes and ledges. Reef fish are
plentiful. Depths run to 60 feet and when the surf is low, Shark’s Cove is
an ideal spot for scuba training.
In addition to the diversity of dive locations, there are many certified
dive shops with trained staff available to serve all levels of divers’
needs and interests as well as rates commissionable for travel agents.
Many of the charters offer personalized care accommodating eight divers
or less. See below for more information.
377 Keahole Street #E-101
2335 Kalakaua Avenue (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel)
Breeze Hawaii Diving Adventures
3014 Kaimuki Avenue
Surf-N-Sea - Surf, Sail & Dive Shop
62-595 Kamehameha Highway
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