Best Marine Conditions

Clear waters provide some of the best marine life and conditions found anywhere on earth and world-class deep-sea fishing and dive charters depart from Kailua Pier and Honokohau Harbour daily. The Big Island has been rated the world's number one dive destination and best for beginner dives, with excellent shallow-water snorkelling at

Molokini Crater, Maui
Molokini Crater, Maui
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Kahaluu Beach Park. Similarly, Kealakekua Underwater State Park offers 100 feet visibility to view its fabulous collection of tropical fish and coral. Dive shops and operators abound across the archipelago, providing all the equipment rental, dive packages, lessons and certification necessary to make your diving adventure a reality.

Many types of habitats — coral reefs, lava tubes, caves and caverns, sandy bottoms, drop-offs and basalt boulders — join together to create Hawaii's underwater masterpiece.

Note that boat diving is one of the easiest ways to experience Hawaii's marine wilderness, while diving from the shoreline is dictated by ocean conditions and is not recommended in high surf.