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!

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.