Hawaii, being surrounded by thousands of miles of open sea has evolved its own unique marine life. There are over 2000 different species, 30% of which are endemic to Hawaii. Add to this the isolation of the islands attracting large pellugic marine life that come here to rest and feed, and Hawaii is one undoubtedly one of the greatest diving destination in the world for marine life. Being young volcanic islands, there are also fantastic lava tubes to explore and caves, but be warned of two things – scuba diving in Hawaii is expensive and the clourful coral formations nowhere near match those found in the South Pacific or Australia – Hawaii is for marine life…
The two best islands for scuba diving are Maui (including Lanai) and the Big Island. Scuba diving operators thrive at all tourist centres and offer everything from beginner courses in swimming pools to advanced night dives and photographic sessions. Head to the local marina to find the best deals.
Almost all dive sights in Hawaii are close to the shoreline making snorkelling an attractive alternative. Snorkelling right off the coast is best around Captain Cook on the Big Island, Honolua Bay on Maui and Hanauma Bay on Oahu.
Excellent snorkelling is also available further out on the reef and tour activities shuttle tourists to the best spots throughout the day. The best of these is Molokini Island, a short boat ride from the west coast of Maui and .