Whether you’re a seasoned scuba diver or a holiday snorkeller, Hawaii offers a wonderful world to explore under the sea.
South Kona is sheltered by the mountainous Maunaloa, making the waters on the south west side of Hawaii Island calm and clear. A perfect example of this is at beautiful Honaunau Bay, also called Two-steps. This refers to a spot on the shoreline where volcanic rock has been neatly worn away into a convenient “two-step” entry point for divers and snorkellers. An abundant variety of fish and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) can be seen in the warm waters. Honaunau Bay is also located nearby Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Once a place of refuge for Hawaiian lawbreakers; this expansive historic park offers an intimate glimpse into the fascinating local culture.
Molokini is a small, crescent shaped volcanic atoll off the South Maui coast, accessible only by yacht. The waters here offer bustling, colourful reefs, perfect for diving; in fact, they are so rich with life, the Molokini Crater was titled a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Here divers can visit a sunken Carthaginian replica of a 19th century supply vessel, specifically placed to create an artificial reef for underwater creatures. It is popular with reef sharks, stingrays, countless schools of fish and even has an eel living on the bow!