The quintessential, beautifully-lush Hawaiian archipelago is located far off continental U.S. and deep into the Pacific Ocean, more than 3200 kilometers from the closest continental landmass. This remote part of the planet hosts some of the most remarkable scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world, with visibility generally being 10 to 30 meters plus and oceanic water temperatures averaging around 23 to 27°C throughout the year. These factors make Hawaii a diving destination of choice pretty like all year round!
The state of Hawaii is made up of eight main islands, plus a myriad other smaller ones, both inhabited and uninhabited. The big eight include Hawai’i proper (also known as the Big Island), Kahoʻolawe, Molokaʻi, Maui, Kauaʻi, Lānaʻi, Niʻihau, and Oʻahu, on which the capital Honolulu is situated.
The state of Hawaii is endowed with a very diverse and beautiful natural scenery, a warm tropical climate, a myriad of public sandy beaches and the scintillating waterfalls, a breath-taking oceanic environment, a number of active volcanoes (including the majestic scenery of live-burning fire of lava at the Kilauea volcano crater), the beautiful snow cap of Mauna Kea, the scenic underwater lava formations, as well as a mix of native Hawaiian, Asian, Polynesian, European and American culture that is found nowhere else on the planet.
All the above-mentioned, plus many more, make the Pacific archipelago one of the most popular global destinations for tourists; sight-seers; surfers; honeymooners; volcanologists and biologists; holidaymakers; and of course scuba divers and snorkelers.
Hawaii is also known for its immense number of fish species and other sea life that form a fascinating scenery in the underwaters of its Pacific islands, attracting thousands of tourists to the archipelago every year. Some of these include: the rare Hawaiian Monk Seals, hammerhead sharks, various endemic Hawaiian fish, green sea turtles, white-tip reef sharks as well as the dragon moray eel.
Some of the most incredible spots for scuba diving and snorkeling in Hawaii include:
Turtle Canyon: Snorkelers travel from all across the globe to enjoy the majestic experience of swimming with Hawaiian Sea Turtles at Turtle Canyon.
Koloa Landing: This is a magnificent shore-diving spot that is also home to the dragon moray eel. With its clear waters, this diving and snorkeling spot is also a very good place for taking underwater photos.
Kealakekua Bay: Situated just 40 minutes southwards from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, the historic Kealakekua is shielded by cliffs and its waters are calm, clear and enriched with marine flora and fauna.
Hawaii is easily reachable from the nearest airports on continental U.S. and Asian cities, as well as many other airports across the globe. Honolulu International Airport is the state’s main airport. Other major ones include Lihue, Kahului, Maui, Kapalua-West Maui and Molokai Airports, all of which are between 20-to-30-minute flights away from Honolulu, as well as Hilo and Kona International Airports.
Visitors can also use the daily ferry services from Maui’s Lahaina Harbor to both Lanai’s Manele Bay and Molokai’s Kaunakakai Harbor. Other short-distance navigations within Hawaii can be achieved by car and motorized boats.
For accommodation, meals and vacation rentals in Hawaii, some of the historic hotels, hostels, luxury resorts and rental condominiums that you can book space in include: Four-Seasons Resort Hualalai (pictured below), Hilton Waikoloa Village, Trump International Hotel, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Yoga Oasis Retreat Center and the Waipouli Beach Resort.
So, if you are thinking of a tropical destination for your next vacation for scuba diving, snorkeling, a pristine scenery in the marvelous underwater world of the Pacific, plus much much more, then you better be thinking about the Pacific paradise that is Hawaii!