DIVE ADVENTURES IN KONA

Below is a short list of all the dive adventure that can be done in Kailua Kona. 

Sharks:

-Tiger sharks in Honokohau Harbor: during summer, we routinely encounter tiger sharks just outside our home harbor. It is a popular dive spot for locals and we can guarantee a visit from a tiger shark.

-Oceanic White Tips: they are found frequently with FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices) which are close to our shore. they also follow pods of False Killer Whales and Pilot Whales

-Greys and White Tip Reef Sharks: these are abundant in swim-thoughs and crevasses in the reef

-Sandbar Sharks: routinely found at the harbor

-Hammerhead Sharks: south Kona-2 sites 

 

Whales:

False Killers, Pilots, and other species routinely cruise off-shore. We encounter them frequently and are able to get in the water to film them.

 

Dolphins: 

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins: Kona has several bays that dolphins visit and interact with humans.

Bottle-nose Dolphins: these dolphins are found both off-shore and on the reef. They visit our manta ray dive site, and play with sea cucumbers.

 

Rays:

-Manta Rays: of course, Kona is famous for the manta ray night dive. We have 2 locations, and mantas are quite abundant and really put on a show.

-Spotted Eagle Rays: routinely swimming together in formation at the harbor.

 

BlackWater:

Kona is home to the origin of recreational BlackWater. What makes Kona the best is the immediate drop-off we have from our island. Without a continental shelf, Kona gets the TRUE deep water pelagic animals. 

 

Coral Reefs:

Kona is famous for having the healthiest and youngest reefs of the main Hawaiian Islands. Our fish populations are abundant and are the most colorful. Also, our numerous invertebrates are super colorful and cover the reef, especially at night.

 

Moray Eels:

Hawaii has a large population of many different species of Moray Eels. They are colorful and look menacing, but some we can pet.

 

Bait Balls: 

-Akule: The Big-eye Scad is a popular fish that congregates in large bait balls.

-Opelu: is a cigar shaped fish that also travels in balls, but not as dense as Akule. This fish is important to Hawaiian cultural fishing.

 

Wrecks:

-The Predator Wreck....WW2 amphibian craft in 75' 

-Naked Lady...40' sail boat sunk in 100'

-2 Seater Prop Plane...large prop plane in 125'

 

Lava Tubes and Pukas:

-Tubes that can be penetrated along the coastline. Some have holes in them that allow sun beams to shine through.

-"Long Lava Tube" and "Suck-em Up" are names of the 2 popular tubes

 

Drift Dives:

-NELHA (Natural Energy Lab Hawaii Authority) The coastline in front of the energy lab is best for reef drift diving and encountering large pelagic animals, since the drop to the deep is so close. Good place to encounter swordfish and Mola mola.