Aloha to you all.
Today’s Scuba Diving in Honolulu was a nice break in the poor weather.
After days of rough and murky conditions we caught a lull in the storm.
I’m sure it was a real treat for our visitors from Alberta, Canada!
Glenn, Doug & Greg all showed up early at Kewalo Basin Marina for their private charter this afternoon.
We headed out to the Sea Tiger for a deep shipwreck dive and it was crystal clear!
The 100 foot dive for 20 minutes was in 80 plus feet of visibility. Which is good since we wanted to see the thousands of fish, eels and the large 6 foot white tipped reef shark swimming down along the sandy bottom.
Our second dive was at Horseshoe Reef. The visibility and the current were still there, but we managed to
make it over to the sharks and sea turtles with out to much of a struggle. The octopus encounter escaped us but the frog fish didn’t. Everyone had cameras on this 35 minute dive at 40 feet, but I managed to fill up a pretty good album for our guests.
They, as well as you all, can view the underwater photos that are free and posted to our Facebook page!
Mahalo from the staff and crew of Rainbow Scuba!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha From Windy Honolulu!
It’s once again time for a Rainbow Scuba’s Blog update!
As I said it’s been pretty windy and not in the direction that we’re accustomed to. Thursday was windy and rough, but not rough enough for the four newly certified divers who wanted to dive the deep shipwreck.
Joining us from all around the country were Robin, Josh, Matt and Nate. Everyone of these gallant scuba divers were either recently certified or hadn’t dived in years. This didn’t dissuade them in any way from braving the southerly wind conditions that make the boat ride and surface a little sporty.
At Rainbow Scuba we take our guests’ safety seriously, as our 100 percent safety record would indicate.
As everyone arrived at Kewalo Basin Harbor we made it abundantly clear that the surface conditions were bumpy and it was important that everyone follow the safety briefing and dive plan carefully. The fact that they were all about the same skill level and all had limited dives kept us on our toes for the next 3 hours. It was not a problem for our experienced staff.
We headed out of the harbor and made way toward the deep shipwreck Sea Tiger to find it void of other dive boats. Safely, but smoothly we all entered the water above the wreck and got to safety by dumping the air in our BCD’s on the bowline to avoid being bounced around on the surface. This was part of the earlier discussed dive plan.
Everything went well as we descended to the the deck of The Sea Tiger 90 feet below. Snapping a picture of the group along the stern rail we began our trek.
An early octopus encounter started things off right and made for some great pictures and a promising dive to follow. There were an unusually high number of fish crossing the deck and surrounding us during the 20 minutes below. The lack of Green Sea Turtles was somewhat disconcerting, but indicative of the weather. I knew we’d find some on the second dive.
As we finished our safety stop and climbed back aboard the Scuba Cat the four intrepid scuba newbies fed the fish in a way I won’t describe. Let’s just say the 35 minute surface interval couldn’t move fast enough!
Rough, but not rough enough to stop these four scuba divers from calling it a day we all dropped in with fresh cylinders and fresh stomachs!
It was worth the wait and the bumpy seas to visit the White Tipped Reef Sharks that were cowering under the ledge avoiding the current as we were. We crossed paths with the rare Commerson’s Frog Fish that was hanging in one of the crags in the reef. Dozens of photos were captured of the multicolored camouflaged angler.
The 40 minutes in the 45 foot of visibility was a exploration and adventure the customers won’t soon forget.
By the way, we did come across a few Green Sea Turtles and got some pretty great action shots that are posted on our Facebook page.
Remember to book with Rainbow Scuba if you want a safely planned dive day filled with Free Underwater Photos!
A big thanks goes out to the intrepid foursome that became much better divers today!
Mahalo from the staff and crew!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha Scuba Diving Fans and Super Bowl Fans Alike!
Yes it the BIG Day for my New England Patriots and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks!
The Game doesn’t start until 1:30 pm Hawaii Time so Ken Assured that I would have plenty of time to make it home for the game. He was right.
Yet, the ONLY thing on my mind that morning was a special Private Charter of a scuba diving couple that booked the early deep shipwreck and reef tour that started at 9:30am.
Tom and Hannah(who just happened to be Pats Fand) couldn’t have picked a better day to own the whole boat!
I arrived early with Ken to make sure everything was squared away for the private scuba diving charter. The water & wind were more than exceptional for two newly certified open water divers. After they promptly showed up at 9:20 am we had lots of time to get aquatinted with each other, the diving gear, boat and all the necessary procedures that would encompass our fantastic day out along the blue south shores of Waikiki Beach.
We singled up our lines and were soon making way toward the first scuba diving site of the day, The Sea Tiger!
This famous and massive shipwreck that sits in 122 feet of water just a mile off shore was deserted of other divers so, Tom, Hannah and I owned this dive site! It sure paid off! Thousands of fish, lots of eels and the Biggest octopus encounter I. A long time, happened all In the first five minutes! The octopus was easily 4 pounds big and We have posted a lot of free pictures to prove it!
20 minutes and a three minute safety stop later we were back on board the Scuba Cat enjoying the complimentary beverages, surface interval and 35 minute off gassing rest before our second dive of that morning!
I spoke about not seeing the usual giant green sea turtles and sometimes present shark that hangs around the shipwreck, but I was determined to
Make sure these two guest weren’t going home without these highlights!
With the pressure on and the Super Bowl still hours away I did my best Tom Brady and took them down the field to see Sharks, lots of Giant Green Sea Turtles and even a special treat of 2 massive Commersons Frog Fish who were camouflaged on the reef.
I nearly drained my camera battery taking so may action pics of the two generous and extremely friendly scuba customers, as well as all the spectacular sea life!
It’s days like these that make me and our staff coming back every day!
Mahalo and Aloha to Tom & Hannah for choosing Rainbow Scuba’s Private Charter Option. Everything is available online or go to our website and give us a call!
Don’t forget that all the Underwater Photos are Always Free and Always Good as we post them on our Facebook page for your viewing and sharing pleasure!
By the way. Congrats to the 4 time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on the Win inSB 49!!!!
Jeff, Ken & Captain Brian
Aloha and what another Big day for us at Rainbow Scuba Hawaii on Friday! We got a lot of divers this afternoon taking advantage of the break in the weather as first time Discover Divers Should!
Yeah it’s been pretty off and on with the wind changing directions, sometimes every hour! If we’re underwater were none the wiser, but on the surface it can be a little bumpy.
Since were loaded with first timers it was probably best we waited until the winds died down some.
It was well worth the one day wait.
We had people booking online, calling by phone and even some pulling our phone number off of the big sign on our dive boat! Everyone wanted to scuba dive!
Either way we were full! Just the way we like it with two instructors and a full boat crew . Geared Up, Fuel tanks full and lots of tanks aboard the Scuba Cat we just waited for our customers to start rolling in!
That they did! Like Noah’s arc they all
came in 2 by 2 ready and excited to try Scuba diving on Oahu.
Joining us on this hot and sunny afternoon were a father and daughter team from Australia, Adrian and Ella, meeting up just minutes late were the trio of Jocelyn and Robert, from Philly along with Alaskan native Ryan. Last but not least was a our Soul Certified Scuba Diver Sherri who was making her very first scuba dive after being certified a year ago.
Seeing as all were either first timers or just novices we chose to to brief and practice like it was everyone’s first time. Safety and fun are our main concerns here at Rainbow Scuba Hawaii!
After all introductions were taken care of and everyone had been given their instructions it was time to make way!
Captain Brian headed us out of Kewalo Basin Harbor and into the wide open sea and Horseshoe Reef!
The water was great and the moorings were empty as we headed down to the shallow practice water or 5 feet to be sure mask clearing and the few other skills were mastered. Then we were off to see the Sharks!
It’s just a short dive to the cove where they roam, but after the group picture and swim over we had to turn around and get back! Yeah we had a few HEAVY breathers but some great shark pictures! I just didn’t have the time to wrangle out the huge Octopus I saw for the Encounter that everyone looks forward too.
It’s okay I figured We’d be at Nautilus Reef soon for our second scuba dive and I can always find one there?
Wrong I was. We did have a great time & saw some pretty amazing things, but please take my advice. If it’s your first time or if you’re new to this, please leave your personal cameras on the boat. I promise that I’ll take better pictures and take a lot of worries away from you having fun!
Pleaser remember that both Discover Scuba Dives are less that 40 feet deep and should be last about an average
of 30-40 minutes.
Disposable, GoPro’s and other cameras that you’re not used to using underwater while scuba diving will only get in Your way.
Besides, at Rainbow Scuba Hawaii All The Underwater Photographs we take of your dive adventure is Free of Charge and Always Good!
Posted to our Facebook page for the digital souvenirs that will be yours to last a lifetime!
I hope to see you all again soon and Mahalo for joining us today!
Jeff, Ken & Captain Brian
Aloha and welcome back to Rainbow Scuba’s Daily Dive Blog.
Well our light, but steady Trade winds came back today. Making this Tuesday’s afternoon Discover Honolulu Scuba Diving for first time divers a pleasant experience as always!
The Rainbow crew who battled the flu and shifting winds last week are back in top form. Having had boat loads of certified divers lately it was a treat to take some first time scuba divers out for a charter! We live to teach Discover Scuba Divers how much fun the underwater world can be here in Hawaii.
Tuesday afternoon was no exception.
Joining us from their globe trotting adventures were a couple from New Jersey, Sarah and Sebastian. They met up with the father and son team from Toronto, Canada, Kent and Ethan for a day of scuba diving adventure!
The intrepid first timers all converged at Kewalo Basin Harbor to board our private dive boat, The Scuba Cat!
All arrived early with excitement to get a head start on what was to be an afternoon of new sights and sounds.
Prepared ahead of time we welcomed and introduced ourselves to acquaint the fearless four with the set up gear and the briefing that starts every scuba tour.
They payed close attention and wasted no time practicing the necessary skills for their two scuba dives in the shallow clear Pacific Ocean!
Undocking and heading out if the harbor it was just a short boat ride to the first dive site, Horseshoe Reef. As we moored up to the shallow anchor just 35 feet below, the divers followed me in one after another.
Re-Assuring me that the skills were mastered in shallow water we were soon dropping down the line to see all that the secluded dive site had to offer. Planning to take the usual 70-100 underwater pictures of the group. I snapped one Honolulu Scuba group shot with everyone on the seafloor and we were soon diving east to see the Baby White Tipped Reef Sharks that laze on the bottom under the coves ledge. Creeping in slow as to not spook the graceful creatures I managed some great pics before I helped the divers get up close for a better look!
Not 3 minutes into our 35 minutes into the dive I spotted an Octopus who was more than happy to pose for the photograph we call the Octopus Encounter.
30 minutes and thousands of colorful reef fish later we headed back up the line to climb back aboard the Cat!
Refreshment beverages were passed around as we changed out the tanks and headed to the second dive site, Nautilus Reef.
More and more sharks seem to moving in at Nautilus and we got some really nice pictures. We combed the ridges and valleys of the famed dive site as everyone was now comfortable in the 100 foot visibility just 40 feet below the dive boat. Big shells, different Eels of various sizes and colors greeted us with open mouths! Dozens of Moorish Idols along with Large groups of Uhu(parrot fish) were visible from far away so we dived closer to inspect. Before we knew it the 40 minute excursion winded up at the anchor line and we were soon back aboard The Scuba Cat with stories to tell. Surprising how the size of the sharks grows with every minute that passes!
Everyone was impressed and delighted that they booked they’re trips with Rainbow Scuba. The Trip Advisor reviews say it all. Many, if not all, reveal the highlights as well as the fact that ALL the underwater Honolulu Scuba photographs we take are Free and posted on our Facebook page as souvenirs for you of your memorable, exciting day visiting Hawaii!
Until tomorrow Mahalo and Aloha!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian