Island Divers Hawaii is a multi-location dive operation on Oahu Hawaii, near Waikiki & Honolulu. Three daily boat charters depart at 8:30am, 9:00am and 12:30pm for wreck, drift and wall diving. Visit www.OahuScubaDiving.com for details and locations. Come scuba diving with us off Waikiki and Honolulu!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Westside EnZo Two tank and Burger BBQ

We set off for the Westside with an amazing group of divers and 30 full tanks.  What a beautiful drive to that side of the island!  The mountains develop the deep grooves where the waterfalls plunge after high rainfalls.
The deck of the Mahi

We boarded the Enzo and headed to the Mahi an old Navy mind sweeper ship.  Max depth is about 90ft (bottom of the hull).  The deck is at about 75ft. We maintained a bottom time of about 40 min.



There are eels of all species slithering inside and out of port holes and nudibranchs and flatworms making their tracks along the old ropes and broken planks. There were Schools of 100's of goatfish, snappers, and damsels claiming their own territory on either sides of the ship and the occasional groups of hunting jacks patrolling the currents and checking out what kind of snacks might be taken shelter near the old ship.

Eels, eels, eels galore!



Eagle Rays
 But the most majestic event of it all was the grouping of nine large eagle rays.  They started out only with two using the current as a playground. Then they stayed stationary as the group grew with nine strong coming from the abyss. 




  
Makaha Caverns
Our second dive at the Makaha Caverns with a max depth of 50ft with a bottom time 50 minutes, was an awesome labyrinth of caverns, swim-throughs, and lava tubes.  So much life hiding in the crevices including turtles, groupers, nudi-branchs, and leaf fish.











Sunday, May 26, 2013

3 Tanker Monk Seal Spanker

Frogfish - waikiki scuba diving
Commerson's Frogfish
Monk seal - oahu scuba diving
Hawaiian Monk Seal
Epic advanced 3 tank dive charter today off the Seafox. Our first dive we headed over to the side-by-side YO-257 and San Pedro wrecks (max depth: 90 ft, bottom time: 29 mins). On top of the San Pedro we witnessed 2 enormous Green Sea Turtles battling each other for the best napping spot and then found a playful octopus to top off the dive.

Next we headed to the Sea Tiger wreck,  (max depth: 100 ft, bottom time: 24 mins), where we found some cool Morey Eels as well as the amazingly camouflaged resident Frogfish, thanks Amy! Our final dive (Spitting Caves, max depth: 45ft, bottom time: 40 mins), was truly the icing on the cake as we saw a white-tip reef shark, frogfish, sponge-crab, turtles, and even a critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal hanging out in the A-frame cave! Thanks to all who came out today it was great to share such an awesome experience with you guys, and congrats to Josh and Andrew on their Nitrox and Advanced Open Water certifications, hope to see you all out with me and Amy again soon.

Cheers,
-Drew

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Change to Scuba Diving in Oahu

Corsair wreck dive, oahu diving
Corsair Plane Wreck 
Today we headed out to the Corsair dive site for the first dive of the morning. As we headed down the line we found out the recent big swell has done a little damage to the plane wreck. After being down for over 65 years, the Corsair is showing true wear. The fuselage has broken just behind the cockpit and part of the tail in now in the sand. There are still fish all about the plane including a couple large goatfish and amberjacks. We also found a frogfish hiding out around the mooring and had garden eels all around the site.

Hawaiian Green Sea turtle - Honolulu scuba diving
Green Sea Turtle
Corsair wreck dive - Waikiki scuba dive
Find the Frogfish!
For the second dive we dropped in at Fantasy Reef and had a great dive around the reef.  There were a few turtles about the reef resting on the bottom. We also found a few eels hiding out and reef fish swimming all about.It was a great drift now that the south swells have gone down again.

- Mark Savel

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Swell? What Swell?

Morey eel seen while oahu scuba diving
Yellow Margin Morey
Today it looks like the South swell has finally started to decline so we were able to get back our normal sites here in Maunalua Bay. We  started at the WWII Corsair wreck, which actually is now sitting tilted on its side from the swell that hit. Vis is back to awesome there and we got to see the resident frogfish as well as the even more camoflaged resident crocodile eel.

For our 2nd dive we drifted Keanu's reef where we saw some big moreys and the awesome staghorn coral heads which are little ecosystems in themselves. Thanks to all who dove with me today and happy Oahu diving in the future!
Crocodile eel seen scuba diving in Oahu
Can you spot the Crocodile Eel?
Cheers,
-Drew

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

An Afternoon of Scuba Diving Oahu

Butterfly fish - Honolulu scuba diving
Butterfly Fish
We had a nice day on the water scuba diving off the south east side of Oahu today. We headed out for a couple shallow reef dives and had wonderful viz on both dives. For the first site we dove Anglers Reef and had a little bit of a current as we descended to the bottom. There was fish life all about the reef with squirrelfish hiding under the reef and goatfish and butterflyfish swimming all about. There were also a couple eels hiding about the reef.

sea turtle - Waikiki scuba diving
Green Sea Turtle
Oauh scub diving with eels
A hunting eel
For the second dive we dropped in at Koko Craters and again had a great dive. We found a few turtles about the reef area and a few more eels hiding out. There were also damselfish everywhere defending their egg patches and wrasses swimming about. We found some trumpetfish around the reef as well.  -Mark

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Not Oahu Scuba Diving But Molokai Diving

Finding our dive site off Molokai Hawaii
Today we did an unusual trip across to our nearest neighboring island, Molokai, for some scuba Diving. Leaving Friday night we motored across the channel with our captains Joe and Tim taking turns while the customers and staff slept in the cabin or out on the deck. After a rather adventurous crossing we made it to the NE corner of Molokai for the first dive with the hopes of spotting sharks. It was a great reef area with lots of fish life including wrasses and butterflyfish everywhere. At the very end of the dive a few divers caught a glimpse of a hammerhead shark!

Butterfly fish
We had a nice ride along the sea cliff on the north side of the island (some of the largest sea cliff in the world) even with some rain, making for some great waterfalls all along the ride. For our second dive we dropped in on one of the small islands on the east side of Kalaupapa called Okala Island. It had a big swim-thru on a part of the island and life hidden all around it. There were large crap all around it including a 7-11 crab and a sponge crab. We also saw a pair of bandit angelfish, a native fish rare to us Oahu scuba divers.

Hawaii scuba diving
Spot the spiny lobster!
After a nice lunch and motor to the NW side of Molokai we dropping in on a great shallow reef area for the final dive. There were large rubble piles everywhere for life to be hiding out in including groups of spiny lobsters and reef fish all about. Right at the end of the dive a few of us spotted a few bottlenose dolphins that quickly took off from the area. It was a great trip with a wonderful ride back to Oahu as the sun was slowly headed for the horizon.

-Matt


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

They Call Me The Monk Seal Whisperer

Monk seals spotted while oahu scuba diving
Monk seals & bubbles!
Monk seals - Waikiki diving
Monk seal inspection!
On my first dive back from a trip to Thailand I couldn't have had a better way to be welcomed back to Oahu! We tied up at the 90' LCU wreck and dropped in on one of the juvenile resident white-tips sleeping under the wreck. Outside of the wreck we came acoss a well camoflaged day octopus who came out to play with us.

Diving Oahu with Monk seals
Monk seal fun!
On our second dive we went to the wall to see who was hanging out at the Sea Cave. Sooo glad we did because a critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal (# N19), was there and ready to play. As we swam under the archway, N19 came down and played with our bubbles and curiously looked at the O-rings blown by our new intructors Davy and Kendal. She swam up to just about all of the divers to say hello and smile for the cameras. After spending just about the whole dive inside of the cave, we ventured out to cruise the wall and I looked back to see the Monk Seal come out of the cave after us as if to say, "Why are you guys leaving? I want to play more!" (See the video below!) An amazing way to be welcomed back to the islands. Thanks to all who came out today, it was truly a pleasure to share such an experience with you guys.

Cheers,
-Drew Corley

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Whale Symphony at Night

Aloha and Good Evening folks!

Sponge crab - Waikiki diving
Sponge Crab on the Corsair Wreck dive
Nature has been kind to us the past few days, and it still keeps on giving! Sorry for all you surfers out there, this is scuba diving week. Conditions were excellent as we prepared to leave dock for a two tank Night Diving charter our of Hawaii Kai.

Oahu scuba diving is fantastic during the day, and we had a few first time night divers to prove that it was also just as fantastic at night. We chose to do the Corsair wreck dive first. The sun set fast and dusk was already upon us as we descended. Kyra and Isaac were doing their Nitrox Specialty and Night Advanced Open Water certification dive, and were stoked. Strong current siphoned awesome jellies and weird alien looking creatures past us on our way down.
Frogfish - Honolulu scuba diving
Frogfish 

About halfway down the underwater symphony began. Humpback song echoed around the bay as we dove, giving us a bit of a theme music background as we explored the wreckage. It was loud and amazing. We were looking around just expecting to see one swim by....again :) The frogfish were posing awesome on the tail, the moray was in the engine, surrounded by a red hawaiian lobster and a crab. Two spongecrabs were hugging under the prop, and schools of moorish idols slept on the inside of the cockpit. On our ascent the bio's were awesome. Bits of blue encircling anything that moved!

Frogfish - diving oahu hawaii
Frogfish
  Our second dive was at Baby Barge, another Oahu Wreck Dive. We tied up and headed down. Current was still ripping but the bio-luminescence was everywhere! Turtles slept about and got a little upset when our lights woke them from their slumber. One of these guys even decided to ram Ryan and his monster camera! A few morays were hunting around the underside of the wreck, and the whales could still be heard in the distance. The wreck looked uber cool with 10 lights lighting it up from multiple angles, and flashes from cameras occasionally giving a wide view. on the surrounding reef, the fish all sat in the nooks and crannys to avoid the current and get some well earned rest.
Moray eel - oahu scuba diving
Moray Eel

We all got back on the boat and enjoyed some hot cocoa and tea, and made it back to dock, but only after a minty hot towel! Mahalo from staff and crew for coming out at IDH!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Day after Rough Kona Winds.....EPIC IS ALL I SAY

 Aloha everyone!

Corsair frogfish - Honolulu scuba diving
Red Frog Fish
We headed out on a two tank dive charter under the shadow of moisture rich clouds, ready to release. We voted and ended up with a 9:1 vote for the Corsair wreck dive. We had a nice hour of sun while we geared up before the clouds and rain rolled in, but that was soon to be in the back of our minds. We descended down to 105 ft on the only real wreck you can enjoy while Oahu Scuba Diving. We checked out the duo of frogfish on the tail section, the octopus in the wing, and...

 ...THE HUMPBACK WHALE SWIMMING DIRECTLY AT US! 

I honestly thought it was a long lost Atlantis Submarine drifting around as it came directly at us. The whale seemed to be going in slow motion (even though they move so, so fast!) due to his 40ft size, as were my photography skills as I put my regulator back in my mouth. the 9:1 vote just went to an all around vote for the Corsair. We had a few buddy teams ascending and it was as if this playful whale knew it, and decided to make 3 circles around the wreck, so everyone got a chance to fumble about and try to get pictures of it. It was amazing seeing the whale, but even during this, the garden eels moving up and down as the whale circled, and the fish trying to avoid this behemoth of beasts. Right when bottom time was getting low, the whale left us with wide eyes and smile induced mask leaks. After a few days of rough weather and choppy surface conditions, Poseidon decided to give us epic calm surface, slack current, and nice visibility underwater.

Humpback whale - Oahu scuba diving
Humpback Whale Crusin'
         
Sea Turtle - Waikiki diving
Hawaiian Green sea Turtle taking a snooze
   Our second dive was to Baby Barge wreck dive around 75 feet max. Conditions were still calm, mild current, and good visibility. It seemed it was sea turtle nap time, cause every turtle we came across was passed out! The reef fish were cruising and watching as Bob was working on his finely tuned buoyancy skills and waiting to finish paperwork at the shop to complete his PADI Advanced Open Water certification. a couple Morays were hanging out in the shark cave, waiting to get some lunch.

Hawaiian sea turtle - oahu scuba diving
Sea Turtle watching divers cruise by
That dive was amazing as well, but when we returned after a nice 40 minute dive, everyone was still talking about the lifetime experience of being within 50 feet underwater of a humpback. Thanks from all the crew and staff at Island Divers for you all coming out with us today, and for all you reading this! Mahalos!


Friday, April 12, 2013

The Perfect Calm Scuba Diving on Oahu

It was a wonderful day scuba diving off the southeast side of Oahu today. We headed out to Kahala Barge for the first dive and had some of the best visibility we ever get on Oahu. We could see to wreck without getting off the boat and had little current as we dropped in the water.  Diving around the barge there was life everywhere. We had damsel fish hiding around the corals, butterflyfish swimming about, and even a white tip reef shark hiding out inside the wreck.




For the second dive we drifted Fantasy Reef and again had spectacular viz. We swam about the reef finding eels and fish all about including a white mouth morey and yellow margin morey. There were also turtles everywhere. They were resting under ledges and swimming about the dive site. All in all it was a great morning scuba diving on Oahu.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Fun Day on da barge!

Aloha,
Thanks for diving with IDH today. We had a lot of fun out on the barge. We had a nice variety of students working with us too. Congrats to all of our newly certified dive masters and open water divers. We started our dives off at Mermaids (formerly known as Turtles). Said hello to some turtles and reef fish and then headed out for some surface skills. After our sugar rush of redvines we headed in for dive two. We finished the day at our IDH fav, Koko craters. Rubbed the Buddha belly and checked out the leaf scorpion fish. Al in all, it was a great day on the water. Thanks again for making our weekend incredible!

Aloha,
Amy, Nate, Kevin, Captain CC

Monday, April 1, 2013

No Fooling Scuba Diving on Oahu

We had some of the best conditions we ever get scuba diving off the southeast side of Oahu today. We took a small group of divers out to the LCU dive site and had calm surface conditions,, with a light breeze and no swells. There was also a light current and 100ft+ visibility as we got tied up on the wreck. Dropping down to the bottom we found three white tip reef sharks hiding out under the ship. Also around the dive site were large schools of goatfish and colorful reef fish all about.
But soon we were up from the dive and off to the next dive site at Sea Cave. On the motor to the other side of the bay we spotted a couple different pods of humpback whales. With the nice calm conditions we hang out a little bit and watched, a great way to enjoy our surface interval before the next dive.


For the second scuba dive we dropped in at Sea Cave and had a nice current along a beautiful reef site. Inside Sea Cave there were fish about but sadly no bigger animals.

Coming out of the cave and drifting along the wall we had tons of sea life. There were a couple turtles swimming and a few eels hiding out in the reef. We had reef fish all over the place with butterflyfish, wrasses, and damsel fish swimming in and out of the rocks and coral.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Drew's St. Patties Day Monk Seal Suprise!

Epic 3 Tanker today off the Oahu's South shore. We first dropped in at the 90 ft. LCU where we saw a few good sized white-tip reef sharks as well as an especially friendly octopus. Due to a Monk Seal sighting by Alex Burr the day before, we chose to drift the Sea-Cave for our second dive hoping that with a little St. Patties Day luck she would still be there. Near the back of the cave an enourmous shadow cruised over our heads and we immediately knew we hit the jackpot. She gave me a curious a look as I invitingly blew O-rings towards her, and she even played with the bubbles right above the heads of a few customers! On our way out of the cave she gave us another swim-by, investigating a few divers and even chasing a turtle!

For our Third dive Capt. Joe took us over to a newly discovered dive site off of Sandy's Beach. Very nice coral and cool archways as well as a good sized shark cave. Very cool drift site that I can't wait to get back to and explore more. Still trying to come up with a name! Thanks to all who came out,  and congrats to Nick, Michele, and Anthony on the Nitrox and Advanced certifications! With thousands of dives in Hawaii and only a handful of Monk Seal encounters this was truly a St. Patties Day Dive to remember.

Cheers,
-Drew

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Humpback Whales on the Whale Watching Charter!

Hi Folks,

While this is not a scuba diving report persay, we thought you might like to see a typical sight here in Oahu during the winter months when we run our evening Whale Watching boat tours off the same 50' Sea Fox boat we scuba dive oahu from. Check out this video shot and compiled by our intrepid Capt Joe!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Wednesday morning diving

Wednesday morning boasted the best diving conditions we had seen in a month. A special request and smooth sailing conditions took us over to the Y.O. 257 and San Pedro wrecks off of Waikiki. A slow trip back around Diamond Head Crater didn't yield any fish, but we had plenty of humpback whales to keep us company. Our second dive was a drift at Spitting Caves and we just beat out the tide switch to enjoy great visibility. Both dives were exceptional and the divers we had on the boat made the trip even more special. Welcome home (or almost!) to the group of Canadian Navy divers on board. They pull in to their home port next week after an eight month deployment in the Middle East.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Monk Seal Surprise on the Night Dive

Hey Divers!
    Last night with the trusty Fox back in action and better then ever we ventured out to the LCU for our first dive.  I had a motley crew of some Island Divers DMC's and some very skilled divers who were ready to see some sharks.  Now I warned them that the sharks who make the LCU their home during the day are usually out feeding at night, but of course I jinxed it and right when we descended a white tip reef shark made an appearance. It circled around under the swim through for a while then cruised on out of there.  I also found a large night octopus, somewhat less friendly then it's friend the common octopus, but cool none the less.  And of course the whales sang us a nice song for most of the dive.

   For the second dive we went to a site I have been DYING to do at night since I got here, spitting caves!  And guys let me tell you, it. was. spectacular.  We saw multiple sponge crab, grumpy little buggers who resemble the reef during the day but come out to play at night.  We also saw a Hawaiian conger eel, has the body of an eel and a head kind of like a catfish.  Some sleepy sea turtles were dismayed to be woken up by our torches.  And the grand finale? A hunting monk seal cruised by trying to get his flippers on some tasty dinner.  And yet again we were serenaded by the sounds of dolphin and whales during the whole dive.  It was so loud during our safety stop I was convinced one was going to bump into us out of the darkness. Just want to thank my divers for such a wonderful experience, you guys were an awesome group and I am so glad we got to dive spitting caves! Also just want to thank my diver Jerry for the monk seal video!
Happy Diving!
-Blair

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

After 3 and a half years...It finally happened.

 --
White-tip Reef Shark

When I first moved to Hawaii and learned about the Humpack whales that anually migrate through the islands I always hoped that I would be lucky enough to encounter one while I was diving, and after 3 and a half years, my oahu scuba diving dream finally happened. As soon as we dropped in at the LCU we could hear the Humpbacks singing so loud that you could feel it in your chest, foreshadowing what was to come. We saw a few barracuda in the distance, and under the wreck we got to hang out with a few of the LCU's resident white-tip reef sharks. Durring our accent the whales had gotten so loud that I couldn't help but turn my head to look back at the wreck one last time. Thank the SCUBA Gods that I did because I witnessed a +50 ft. Humpack whale gracefully glide over the wreck, surface, dive back down and then dissapear into blue. A life-changing experience to say the least.

Entrance to Sea Cave


On our second dive we took advantage of the nice conditions and went to drift the Sea Cave. Inside the cave we saw a Green Sea Turtle hanging out, as well as a Titan's Trumpet. After the cave we drifted down the wall and spotted an emaculate Tiger Cowry, a beautiful and rare find. Thanks to all the guys who came out with me, I hope you are still in as much bliss as I am at this moment. Today was oahu diving at its best.





Monday, March 4, 2013

Another Case Of The Mondays!

Another beautiful Monday morning charter on the Sea Hound and we were graced with not just Captain John but Ol Captain Mason today too. First dive was on the LCU. A couple white tips cruising around under the wreck, while a large female layed in the sand. From the looks of it this old girl was pregnant, however I'm no doctor. After exploring the rest of the site we got back on the boat to find Captain John was sharing starburst and mini candy bars! Bonus! After our surface interval we dropped in to do a drift on fantasy reef. We had turtles swim under us, over us, and even right next to us. Some of my divers unfortunately missed a turtle taking a nap in the back of my favorite swim through. As we were approaching the end of the dive a small spotted eagle ray wanted to swing by and share some aloha with my divers. Is this not what you consider a case of the Mondays?



Beautiful Sunday diving at Koko Craters in Oahu

Great day of diving out in Maunalua Bay in Hawaii. Our winds finally died down to give us a calm, sunny afternoon charter. Congrats to first time PADI Discover Scuba Divers, Keesha and Missy, and welcome back to Matt who first dove in our Warrior Adventure Quest program back in 2011. The water was chilly but we doubled up on neoprene and had a great dive filled with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and day octopus.

Countless humpback whale breaches occurred during our surface interval and it was a great day to be in Hawaii Nei.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Great Day Scuba Diving on Oahu

It was a great morning today as we headed out for our first scuba diving charter of the day. Our first dive was at the Corsair dive site, and we had great viz as we got down the line. There were fish everywhere, with schools of pennant butterflyfish and goatfish swimming about and soldierfish and damselfish hiding in the wreck. There were also two large frog fish sitting on the tail of the plane.  But soon it was time to end the first scuba dive of the morning and head out to another great Oahu dive site.



For the second scuba dive of the morning we drifting the dive site Spitting Caves and again had great visibility. Along the dive site there were fish all about the reef and rocks including another large frog fish and a few eels hiding out. We also had a few turtles about the area and a few divers get a glimpse of a white tip reef shark hiding out in one of the caves. Just another great dive scuba diving off Oahu.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Concert of Whales

Aloha scuba divers!
Frogfish
      Today on our morning scuba diving charter off the Sea Fox dive boat, we first went to the Corsair dive site. We had a group of 7 certified divers, which lead to nice small dive groups. The surface conditions were good and the visibility was awesome, just as you might expect from oahu scuba diving!
Yellow-Margin Eel
     As soon as we entered the water, we were serenaded by multiple songs by humpback whales. They seemed like they were at the Corsair dive site with us! We made our way down and were greeted by two frogfish on the tail section, encircled by a large school of goatfish and moorish idols. The garden eels were dancing about our perimeter, and a lone starfish picked its way across the sand, heading towards the Corsair wreck. All too soon, we had to head back to gravity, climbing onto the Sea Fox dive boat and seeing a humpback whale breach in the distance.
Red-Stripe Pipefish
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

Scorpionfish
     Our second dive was to the Spitting Caves dive site. It was a great day for oahu drift diving. Decently calm surface conditions, and medium current. We dropped into 80+ visibility and began our cruise along the oahu wall dive. We encountered another frogfish, at least 9 hawaiian green sea turtles, 2 pipefish, a couple morays, two scorpionfish fighting, and many different types of reef fish, and more turtles. All in all, it was a great and uber day of oahu scuba diving. Mahalo from the crew and see you underwater!