Honolulu Scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii
Aloha and an extremely early good morning to whoever and all who are following along with Rainbow Scuba’s Daily Blog!
You know I’m always bragging about our Honolulu Scuba experiences, professionalism and willingness to please you type of staff and crew we have here at Rainbow? Well this Wednesday morning before the sun was even close to rising, we were definitely put to the test!
Creative scheduling and a private dive boat leaves nothing but flexible scuba dive schedules and charters, but I had no idea why Ken gave me Tuesday off until this!
Hey Jeff, by the way, tomorrow we have a 6:00am, that’s right, 6:00am, Deep Shipwreck and Reef Scuba Dive! Those are the words I’ll never forget! Let me tell you that this time of year in Hawaii the sun doesn’t rise until 6:30am.
We are definitely here to please you. As it turns out we got a phone call from Joe, who directly explained that he and his two friends wanted to scuba dive the shipwreck, but had to be at a seminar meeting at 10:30am. This left us with just one option. The option was an extremely early scuba charter for certified divers!
I was told that we had an early tour, but I was hardly expecting to be at Kewalo Basin Harbor setting up The Scuba Cat at 5:00am Dark!
Yet, being one of the consummate professionals there I found myself. Stumbling around in the dark of my home I tried desperately not to wake up my wife and still sleeping 2 year old son at 4:00am. Slipping out the door and driving away in my truck to work at 4:45am was a little surreal as I kept saying, This Is Early and Dark!
I set up the boat in the pitch black morning and was soon joined by the rest of the crew. We anxiously awaited our customers by talking through the plan of the morning’s two dives.
Just before sunrise Joe, Paul and Richard all arrived and were greeted by the smiling staff!
Gear being already set up and the briefing having had been explained, we left the harbor with night operation lights on! The Scuba Cat has great night diving capabilities and great deck lights, so, this part was no stranger to us! Just getting past the part about scuba diving before most of us eat breakfast was the conundrum, if you will! This didn’t curb my enthusiasm one iota!
After speaking at length with the 3 dawn patrol divers I knew we were going to have a great time. They all had a few dives in the books and seemed to be in good shape for this.
As Captain Brian hovered the Cat over the black ocean above the Sea Tiger I jumped in to tie us up to the stern mooring of the shipwreck It was still pretty dark. Dark enough to be considered a night dive, but as I switched on my dive light I realized that the sun was rising quickly. I also realized that the pristine conditions that we have been having the past 4 days were still hear under the glassy surface!
By the time the trio of customers hit the water it was apparent and obvious to all that our next 20 minutes were going to be epic! The descent to the shipwrecks deck at 90 feet went smooth but slow as Richard had a little challenge in equalizing his ears for the first 3 minutes. We touched down just minutes after splash down.
The visibility at depth was an amazing 100 feet vertically and easily 130 horizontally!
I wrangled a baby octopus before all three of the dawn patrol hit the deck. So, we started with an octopus encounter at 93 feet! This was the first for all of our guests. I thought that was surprising, considering some of them had dozens maybe a hundred scuba dives! Two of them had a few dives here in Hawaii with the competition! They’re diving today with Rainbow Scuba and me, the Octopus King! We took pictures of sleepy Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Moray Eels of different colors and species of colorful Hawaiian Tropical Fish in massive schools. None of the marine life were expecting us so early in their morning! The 20 minutes and 3 minute safety stop went by pretty quickly and we were all soon back aboard The Cat with mouths a rattling with excitement about the preceding Honolulu Scuba dive. We decided to take our surface interval right there and watch the sun continue to rise over famous Diamond Head as it slowly brought a warm glow to beautiful Waikiki Beach and Hotels. Not a bad start to the day!
I knew as we headed over the mirror like glass ocean off of Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island, that the next dive at Nautilus Reef was gonna be something special for Joe, Paul and Richard.
Nautilus Reef is a favorite of mine because of the terrain, topography and generous abundance of marine life. Today at this early hour it almost looked unfamiliar because I had never in my 35 years of scuba diving seen 150 feet of visibility. I can confidently say this was the level of clarity based upon the fact that I could see with ease from the west valley ridge all the way to the east valley wall. That I know to be over 150 feet away!
Baby White Tipped Reef Sharks, Giant Groups of Uhu, even a fully exposed and, moving ever so sluggishly, Tritons Trumpet were just a few of the creatures we saw, photographed and sat in awe of over the next 48 minutes!
All of this dive was done in the shallows of 33 feet or less! I’m still in aghast over the perfect conditions!
We didn’t want it to end but rules and air are not infinite!
We all headed back with our cameras smoking and our cravings satisfied after another tremendous Rainbow Scuba Adventure!
If you want to take peek at highlights from this scuba diving tour or any of the hundreds we’ve done feel free to check out all the free underwater photographs in the albums we post to Facebook daily!
Rainbow Scuba Hawaii not only has the lowest Honolulu Scuba prices for your value, complimentary beverages, inclusive gear with no hidden charges and the promise of Underwater pictures that are Always Free and Always Good, We’ll go out of our way to ensure your safety and fun. Use our booking online feature as the obvious no brainer choice for your Island Dive package and needs! I’ll happily put our 100 percent safety record up against ANY boat in the harbor.
Aloha And See you all tomorrow!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian