Hawaii’s volcanic origins and isolated geographical location make for a whirlwind of scuba diving options to explore. From diving with Galapagos sharks, gazing at nesting sea turtles or incredible adventures through the natural lava tubes and rock formations, Hawaii has it all. The marine life is well protected here, so you can always expect it in abundance.
Tiger sharks, white tip reef sharks and manta rays are among the most impressive sights you can expect in the waters when diving in Hawaii. Fascinating underwater topography provides a backdrop to a myriad of marine life, including migrating humpback whales and a variety of unique endemic species not encountered anywhere else.
Diving in Hawaii can be enjoyed year-round, with average water temperature between 75-80°F (24-27°C) which reach their peak in September. A 3mm wetsuit is preferred in the winter whilst a 1mm rash vest is suffice for the summer.
For the ultimate diving experience for many, Humpback whales tend to make an appearance most years between December-March to breed and give birth. A great opportunity to witness these magnificent giants.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Getting to Hawaii is a breeze, though travel to the islands rarely comes cheaply. Honolulu International Airport is the main international gateway, with Kahului Airport on Maui, Kona International Airport on the Big Island, and Lihue Airport on Kauai receiving both international and interisland flights.
Flights routinely leave from Los Angeles, offering the best deals.