Aloha to all our faithful Rainbow Scuba Hawaii followers!
It’s been a great few weeks of happy divers from all over the world who’ve chosen to scuba dive with us. We’ve had visitors from China, Canada, Spain, India & of course the U.S.A.
I always enjoy people from exotic countries, but I save a special place in my heart for guests who are visiting from the mid west. I’m especially excited to guide customers from the great state of Ohio! It’s even more of a thrill when they hail from Columbus, home to my alma mater, The Ohio State Buckeyes!
Along for a Night Dive adventure this Honolulu winter evening was a young lady named Kirsten who chose to brave the excitement of night diving The Sea Tiger. Along with her mother Melissa, who rode along to see our operation we geared up from Kewalo Basin Harbor aboard our private dive boat The Scuba Cat just before sunset.
Acquainted with the excellently maintained dive gear, given the safety briefing we undocked and headed out to sea.
The leisure paced trip to the shipwreck dive site was enhanced by the beauty of the Waikiki hotel beachfront lights.
As we hovered over the site I splashed in to secure us to the bow mooring. While Ken suited up Kirsten and buddy checked her gear I took a peak into the blackness below. I was excited about the 100 foot drop to the famous sunken freighter below thinking about what we might see. Kirsten took the giant stride into the moonlit Pacific Ocean and we were soon descending down the line to the deck of the steel hulk. With only our dive lights to illuminate our way the exploration yielded awesome nocturnal marine life from the get go!
We passed through a wandering school of Moorish Idols on the line at 50 feet and were soon kneeling on the deck taking pictures and video of an octopus that I wrangled from a pipe right on the bow! After watching the octopus slip back into his hiding place for the evening we traversed the deck and into the cargo hold to observe 2 Giant Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that were fast asleep within the safety of the wreck. The vibrant colors and eyes aglow of the teaming fish and slithering Moray Eels took us toward the stern of The Sea Tiger where we decided to drop down to the sea floor.
Upon touchdown on the sea floor 115 feet below the surface we spotted a humongous octopus that sprouted its spines and changed its colors in an effort to frighten us away. We took out pictures and video, then, began our accent back to the upper deck.
Approaching the 18 minute mark we began to rise to our safety stop depth. Minutes later we breached the surface to the bright deck lights of the The Scuba Cat feeling exhilarated and satisfied from another great night dive!
Kirsten and her Mom were very happy with the way we conducted the dive at night so much they made sure to bring the rest of the family back the next day to all dive the afternoon charter!
Mahalo to the Buckeye Clan for choosing wisely on Rainbow Scuba and I’ll tell you all about their following days adventure later!
Jeff and Ken!
Aloha and good evening night scuba diving fans!
If you’re a certified scuba diver and you’ve yet to experience a night dive, you really need to call us at Rainbow Scuba Hawaii.
Taking the plunge after the sun goes down is a whole new experience. Especially if it’s 100 feet down to a giant shipwreck! Everything that’s there in the sunlight is there at night, but with the artificial LED dive lights we provide, everything glows and the world becomes more like outer space!
After diving with us earlier this afternoon with along with their wonderful mother Bonnie, Mike and Jim decided to brave the darkness a mile out to sea for a nocturnal scuba adventure!
Trying to get the most out of their stay in Honolulu the two brothers joined us on The Scuba Cat as we made way to The Sea Tiger and their third dive of the day and night!
Having seen the hulking shipwreck in the day they were able to appreciate its grandeur on a night time macro diving experience. Sea creatures with eyes aglow, vibrant colors of the fish in their circles of light and the graceful octopus are truly a sight to see!
Giant sleeping Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles tucked into the safety of the cargo holds below deck seem serene and ominous at the same time.
Surprisingly the slower paced descent to the bottom of the sea floor was easier on the air consumption as the two brothers dived like pros.
We stumbled upon odd sea cucumbers and Spanish Dancers that did their traditional ballet in the cold dark depths. The 20 minutes wasn’t long enough for them by the way they ranted after surfacing and comparing pictures that we took.
So take it from me, I’d like nothing better than to guide all of you through the swim throughs and over the decks of our premiere shipwrecks, day or night!
Please check out our website for easy booking soon for your next scuba diving itch!
Aloha to Everyone on this Holiday Week which was made for diving in these warm tropical waters off the south shore of Oahu.
Mahalo to Mike and Jim for allowing me to share our underwater paradise. Come back soon for more fun in and out of the sun with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii!
Jeff & Ken
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!