Above and Below the Water
It’s the quintessential tropical vacation destination and, at more than 3219 kilometres/2000 miles from the nearest continental landmass, one of the more remote places on earth. Made up of hundreds of islands stretching across the central Pacific Ocean, four main islands stand out for most tourists – Oahu, where Honolulu is located, Maui, Kauai and the eponymously named Big Island of Hawaii. That remoteness pays off with some of the most pristine scenery, cleanest air and unique marine creatures on the planet. But, the US’ diminutive 50th state is also a land of contrast, from the fire of lava to the ice of snow-capped volcanoes, farmland and cities, waterfalls and sandy beaches. In short, it’s a Pacific paradise, particularly so for divers.
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Visibility – Generally 10-30 metres/35-100 feet plus, depending on conditions.
Water Temperature – A comfortable average of 23-27°C/74-80°F overall, towards the cool end of this range in winter and warmer in summer.
Weather – Generally tropical, but temperature and climate can change dramatically depending on where you are located on a particular island.
Featured Creatures – You'll see white-tip reef sharks, giant green sea turtles, moray eels, slipper lobsters, reef fish and hundreds of other critters at dive sites around the islands. In some locations, morning dives offer spotted dolphin sighting opportunities. In winter, you can see migrating humpback whales topside and even hear them sing when you’re underwater.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Boat Diver, PADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver courses for diving on the deeper wrecks. The AWARE - Fish Identification course is also a good choice to help you identify the many unique species.
Language – English.
Currency – US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – 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.
Electricity and Internet – 110-120 volt, 60hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – From fabulous beaches and volcanoes to all the attractions of the metropolis and the opportunity to escape to a remote waterfall, Hawaii has a great deal to offer. Don’t miss the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.
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