Aloha again to all scuba divers!
Yes it was turning out to be a beautiful southerly wind, but sunny day at sea for the crew of Rainbow Scuba Company Hawaii. We just finished our first morning dive charter of the day with our first time scuba divers. The Discover Scuba went well, but now it was time to take on the certified scuba divers for some deep shipwreck and shallow reef dives!
Having booked and reserved their spot online from our user friendly and extremely interactive website these savvy seasoned scuba enthusiasts chose a private charter. I mean seriously, if you going to do it, do it right! Especially since this trio of brothers with their mother were going to dive yet again later that night with us!
Bonnie along with her two sons Jim and Mike converged on Kewalo Basin Harbor early to be ready for a meet and greet before we headed out to sea once again. On that note, we really appreciate everyone being on time or early as we can be very busy and hate to rush anyone’s scuba dives since you’re paying hard earned money to enjoy a day underwater with us!
I could tell that this family was serious about getting right to it as they had there own masks, boots and fins in hand! They made an immediate point of getting acquainted with our excellently maintained rental gear and after a short briefing we were making way to our deep shipwreck dive site The Sea Tiger!
We all took our giant strides and descended slowly and steadily to the deck of the steel monster 100 feet below to begin our journey of exploration for the 20 minutes that the dive tables allow.
Wanting to enter every compartment Mike and Jim were quick to leave me alone with their mother and wait for them to catch up as we all must dive together for your safety and mine!
I guess they were curious as they hoped to aquatint themselves with the wreck in the day before we headed back out in the darkness of light. Not a bad idea to tell the truth!
With so much to see and limited time at depth we progressed nicely along the deck. Taking pictures and navigating the swim throughs before I dropped down to 120 feet to catch a few pics of the 6 foot White Tipped Reef Shark laying on the sandy bottom.
Posing for pictures with the giant Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and watching Bonnie point out the massive schools of Moorish Idols that comb the deck was a sight to see.
Of course the obligatory Octopus Encounter with lots of pictures is always a crowd pleaser!
After we took our surface interval and handed out our complimentary beverages, we were soon off to Horseshoe Reef for a long 45 minute dive at 40 feet!
More schools of fish, a pair of sharks and a lot of macro type diving was happening as we meandered at a leisurely pace.
Cleaner Shrimp, dozens of Eels including 3 Snowflake Morays of different ages all presented themselves for photo opportunities!
I managed to find Nudibranchs and another octopus for great pictures before we headed toward the Scuba Cat to brag about who’s photos came out better. Of course I win!
Seriously though today everyone wins because Every Underwater Photo I take on all our dives are yours to keep as a great souvenir of your day of scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba!
Aloha to Bonnie for joining us.
We’ll take good care of your boys that you’re leaving with us for the exhilarating night dive that’s happening right after they run across the street for dinner!
Mahalo for reading!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Mark
Aloha to all our loyal followers!
What a busy day at Rainbow Scuba Hawaii. The holiday crowd is still among us here in Hawaii and the apparently all want to go scuba diving!
A pretty large, well, full boat of first time divers had their eyes and hearts set on trying to Discover Scuba!
Meeting us down at Kewalo Basin Harbor were 3 pairs of new friends.
Yingbo and his mother Yin, Chetan and his girl Shree along with tiny but energetic pair Yin and Tasha all made their way to The Scuba Cat to get geared up, briefed and brave the warm waters of The Pacific Ocean blue.
We lead the intrepid 1st timers through the normal safety explanation, practiced all the skills and made way for Nautilus Reef.
Reviewing the skills and practicing them yet again in shallow water ensured us that it was time for those who were ready to take the plunge into the 37 foot blue seas off of beautiful Ala Moana Beach!
The first site is a great place to see a multitude of marine life. Nothing gets the wonderment and expectations rolling like an up close and personal look at a trio of White Tipped Reef Sharks! Many pictures were snapped as I held them I place while watching the diver’s eyes grow in amazement!
Of course a big octopus was involved in the dive, which is always the highlight of the dive.
Seeing as it was so calm and such a big dive site we headed toward the other side of the Nautilus Reef for the second dive. It’s here that Chetan showed off that he was a natural. We stayed at about 40 feet, but he managed to dive 40 minutes with air to spare! Lots of Moray Eels of different types, thousands of Mamo, Goat fish and colorful piles of Wrass ate right out of our hands!
Everyone one on the boat enjoyed the warm sunny morning weather. This was a great way to start a 3 charter day and night for the customers and crew of Rainbow Scuba!
I know that We’ll be seeing some of these people again hopefully for a certification class!
Back to the harbor we go to get ready for the afternoon charter and what adventures it would bring!
Mahalo to all 6 of our guest. Please enjoy the complimentary underwater photos we post on Facebook!
Remember ALL Your pictures are Always Free and Always Good with Rainbow Scuba!
Jeff & Ken
Aloha again to everyone this holiday season!
It’s Rainbow Scuba blog time. Having had such a wonderful day out of the water to celebrate Christmas Day, it’s right back at it for us. Let’s face it there are thousands of visitors that are gracing our island paradise and we certainly aren’t in the business of disappointing the scuba diving crowds!
After a great morning charter of certified divers it was time for an afternoon adventure for first time scuba divers. That’s right no experience necessary for Discover Scuba Diving! Just a friendly reminder to the scuba crowd, no flying on a commercial airline for at least 18 hours after diving or you might be snorkeling while everyone else scuba dives.
This afternoon we had a full boatof guests, but a few were flying later tonight but still wanted to ride the The Scuba Cat to snorkel and enjoy the sunny day off the shores of the famed Waikiki beach shoreline.
3 of the adventurous first timers did sign up to dive, and dive they did!
David, Wes and Euyein all braved their apprehension and anxiety to take the plunge into the shallow depths!
Turtle Canyon Reef along with the expert crew of Rainbow takes great pride and patience to ensure you get the most out of your Discover Scuba Diving experience. The detailed and informative safety briefings coupled with repeated skills practice are never overlooked before you even touch the water. This ensures your safety and enjoyment of what we want to be the highlight of your vacation in Honolulu.
It all pays off as the first of two separate scuba dives begins with a 35 foot deep 30 minute tour of Turtle Canyon Reef. They name it that, because, you guessed it, Turtles!
Leaning the in’s and out’s of the gear and getting comfortable with underwater pictures of you diving with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles takes place right here.
By the time we got to our second dive site everyone was ready and eager to stride into the waters of Nautilus Reef.
Shortly after splashing into the sea we were gazing at the likes of baby White Tipped Reef Sharks and weaving in between hundreds of vibrantly colored tropical reef fish. The obligatory octopus encounter marks the end to our 35 minute trek at the 35 foot scuba dive.
The always free and always good underwater photographs we post on Facebook caps off the perfect memory and souvenir of your afternoon of scuba fun!
Aloha and a big Mahalo until tomorrow when we do it again!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Mark
Aloha and post Christmas salutations to everyone across the globe!
Today as everyone recovers from the gift opening, over eating and combined Yule Time Festivities, we had a great day scuba diving!
Santa was kind enough to have left us some great weather for a day out on the sunny seas off of Waikiki beach.
Taking advantage of the conditions were four great new customers.
Jessica from Vancouver BC, Tim from Indianapolis Indiana, along with Megan and Scott from NYC all joined in for a day after Christmas scuba diving adventure!
Rainbow Scuba caters to all skill levels of divers. In this mornings charter everyone was a PADI certified open water diver, so, it was a deep shipwreck and shallow reef, two tank tour!
Fitted with gear and briefed for safety and fun the lot of us boarded The Scuba Cat. Our destination dive site was The Sea Tiger! Dropping down the line to the 100 foot depths was a breeze with no cross current or other dive boats. The 20 minutes of solitude along the shipwreck is a testament to the flexible schedule that only Rainbow provides. What we saw was nothing short of amazing. Giant Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, huge schools of Moorish Idols, twin 6 foot White Tipped Reef Sharks, double digit amounts of assorted Moray Eels were just the beginning! Dozens of underwater action pictures and the octopus encounter left us all with a satisfied and almost overwhelming sense of gratitude that only scuba diving can provide.
It wasn’t over yet. We had our relaxing surface interval with complimentary beverages while basking under the sunny skies a mile off shore.
Our second dive site was Horseshoe Reef. It’s here where we found a Sea Turtle frenzy! I’ve dived and guided literally hundreds of scuba customers to the ridge where the smaller sharks hang out. Today was no different except for the 6 Sea Turtles that were circling and surrounding us for a good 15 minutes of our 40 minute scuba dive! I was able to get a memory card full of pictures! Staying at 40-45 feet the whole dive made it easy for everyone to show off their undersea gliding skills. The ritual fish feeding by hand was a perfect way to end the most excellent early scuba charter!
Free underwater pictures posted to Facebook for all are just one of the many benefits when choosing Rainbow Scuba Hawaii for your year round scuba diving crave!
Mahalo and Aloha!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Mark.
Aloha and Merry Christmas to Night Diving Fans!
A Silent Night Dive on the holiest of nights was a treat that happens only once a year. Night dives are reserved for the brave and certified only.
We could two such travelers in Kevin and Mike who decided to take the dark plunge before Santa took his!
The Sea Tiger in all it’s grandeur was sitting 100 feet below us on this glassy windless night one mile out to sea.
Being the first night dive for both Kevin and Mike I made sure the briefing was detailed and concise.
Their apprehension to enter to the black water was quelled, but the heart rates were still elevated!
We dived the 185 foot massive shipwreck for our allotted 20 minutes. The average depth of 100 feet brought us through what seem to be thousands of fish out for the nocturnal feeding. Brightly colored eels, a sponge crab & even an octopus encounter occupied us through the dive. The deck lit up with glowing eyeballs and phosphorescent creatures that illuminated our accent back to the line of the Scuba Cat.
Back on the surface the two intrepid adventurers were barking with excitement about their first night dive and I was glad to it!
We headed back in the port to exchange pleasantries and say Mahalo to Kevin and Michael. I know they’ll be returning soon.
From the Staff and Crew of Rainbow Scuba, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!