Here’s hoping that this blog post finds you happy, healthy and dive wise!
We see all kinds of divers in all kinds of weather at all times of the year in this business. All of our customers are usually great. The weather is usually lovely in Hawaii too!
This past Monday I had the greatest pleasures of having both! Unbelievably fantastic Discover Hawaii Scuba divers coupled with the most beautiful conditions any diving instructor could ask for.
First time scuba divers are always excited and usually a little apprehensive of the Discover Scuba Diving adventure that they signed up for.
95 percent of the time these folks overcome their fear, embrace the excitement and manage to take advantage of the great year round Hawaii scuba diving conditions to a satisfying end. Three percent struggle through and can at least say they did it! Then there’s that ridiculously small 2 percent that get into the water and just quit. Hey it happens? For whatever reason or excuse that small two out of every one hundred people end up snorkeling or just enjoying a day riding on the boat!
Today’s early Hawaii Scuba charter customers were not included in that two percent!
Joining us on Monday morning’s Discover Scuba Diving tour were two great ladies visiting from Japan!
Kahori Ozawa and her great friend Wakana Murata both fended off the crowded mayhem of the Martin Luther King Day Parade that hampered traffic in Waikiki to make it down to Kewalo Basin Harbor. A little bit late on this busy 2 charter day, but nothing we can’t overcome with a couple of perfect morning scuba dives! When I say perfect I’m not exaggerating either! The visibility just outside the harbor mouth after we briefed, practiced and undocked, was insanely clear. I said that we might not need masks today.
It was so nice that we decided to head directly to Horseshoe Reef just a short boat ride away. We’d hate to miss this great window of visibility traveling miles away to see what we can see right here! I also knew that my camera would be busy this whole day!
As we plunged into the crystal clear pacific blue ocean just off the gorgeous shores of Waikiki Beach, everyone was excited to get past the quick group photo and start moving to where there might be Green Sea Turtles, White Tipped Reef Sharks and Pacific Octopus to play with! I’m including myself in the excited group part, because, what we were about to witness doesn’t happen everyday!
As we pulled closer to the ridge due east I spotted a humongous Spotted Eagle Ray and so did the girls! Snapping off pictures faster than my camera could keep up with I pulled back and looked at Kahori, who still wanted to pursue! We viewed a couple of White Tipped Reef Sharks, Green Sea Turtles and a couple of Day Octopus for the great encounter and photos that make Rainbow Scuba Hawaii famous and sought after!
After our 45 minutes in this 35 feet of 110 foot visibility we ended up back at our anchor site a little sad that this first of two dives was coming to an end!
Never a worry with Rainbow Scuba of course! If you want to stay and dive the same site again You’ve got it!
The girls conveyed to me and my limited Japanese that they wanted to go back and see the sharks and turtles again right here! Who were we to argue? So, I changed out the tanks, gave them a break along with a complimentary beverage. I showed off some of the free underwater pictures through the viewing window screen on my camera. This just fueled the urgency to get back in it!
So began our second Hawaii Scuba dive! This time no spotted eagle ray. It was better! A Giant Hawaiian Sting Ray about the size of a Volkswagen skimmed the ocean floor right next to us! I was so shocked I almost forgot to take pictures. Everyone including myself thought that was the highlight of the day! The ensuing octopus encounter, turtles dancing and shark viewing became almost anticlimactic!
We still managed to dive around for 45 minutes. Staying shallow in 25-30 feet of water for close to 50 minutes made the 120 feet of visibility a diving instructor’s dream come true! Having such talented, skill worthy and brave scuba divers to guide really makes that dream a reality!
If you don’t believe me check out all the free underwater photographs from today’s dive that we post to Facebook for your enjoyment!
This was a fabulous way to start the day!
Arigato Gozaimashita, Kahori and Wakana!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha from Rainbow Scuba’s daily blog!
Continuing on with our big Sunday splash of Discover Oahu Scuba Diving for the first time divers, I’m here to tell you that it was great!
The morning brought us a small family of visitors. The afternoon had us catering to a group of young adults here for a weekend out under the seas off of beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park.
Taulina, Sharon, Christine, Michael and Kacee all met up at Kewalo Basin Harbor after lunch for an afternoon private charter aboard The Scuba Cat!
Without rushing or pressuring anyone that might be nervous, we carefully went through our briefing, skills and practice as we headed out toward our first of two discover scuba dives. The destination was Nautilus Reef!
Having two experienced instructors made it easy to accommodate the 5 scuba divers at the 35 foot reef dive for the next 35 minutes below the surface. Blowing bubbles upon our descent I was able to wrangle an octopus early for the encounter and photo opportunity that makes Rainbow Scuba famous around the world!
Having that excitement to start the dive made the next 20 minutes even better and relaxed as we combed the ledge where the White Tipped Reef Sharks patrol back and forth all day. Everyone got to see them up close! I also managed to snap off a few pictures despite the relatively degrading visibility. We always seem to manage a pleasing scuba experience for everyone!
The valley at Nautilus Reef never seems to disappoint our guests regardless of the conditions!
As we untied from the mooring our first time Oahu Scuba divers all had a break from the action as we passed out complimentary beverages and changed over to full tanks.
Our next destination was just a short jaunt to the west at Horseshoe Reef.
Having been already acclimated to the Pacific Ocean off of Oahu’s southeastern shore the intrepid group of scuba divers followed me down the line to the sandy bottom. A quick group photo and we were off to dive with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and more sharks to the east! Even in the 15 feet of visibility everyone was able to see the marine life that flourishes everyday.
More eels and a few schools of fish later our 40 minute scuba dive in Hawaii had come to an end.
Not sadly though! All of our customers get to re-live their experience of a lifetime with the free underwater Oahu Scuba photographs posted to Facebook!
Another great day for all as we said Mahalo to everyone!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha and good morning from Rainbow Scuba Hawaii!
It’s time where we share the day’s charter on our blog!
It’s Sunday and were still working to keep our guests happily scuba diving!
The weather has been a little finicky this weekend, but not so bad that we can’t take some first time divers out for a Discover Scuba Diving adventure!
Onshore winds usually bring poor visibility and choppy conditions, but we made sure our customers would be able to enjoy their experience during their visit to Hawaii!
Joining us this morning were a great family of youngsters with their dad along to try scuba diving in Honolulu!
Jeff brought his kids Jonathan, Michelle and Debbie out on The Scuba Cat for a midmorning discover scuba diving tour.
We all greeted and met up at Kewalo Basin Harbor promptly for the gear up, normal skills and safety briefing. Before you knew it we were undocked and making way toward Horseshoe Reef! Normally we would tread out to Turtle Canyon Reef, but the conditions would be better at Horseshoe for viewing sharks and sea turtles. That’s why it’s best to go with a company like Rainbow Scuba. Our 35 years of diving experience and 12 years of crewing together in Honolulu pays off every time!
The diving along the southeastern shores off of famous Waikiki Beach haven’t been pristine the past few days, yet, we had no problems navigating around the reef.
Managing to find Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, White Tipped Reef Sharks and countless schools of tropical local reef fish made this day a success in our book!
This modified private charter was easily booked online to accommodate your schedule.
Don’t forget that all of your free underwater photographs are posted to our Facebook page for the souvenir of the great scuba adventure with us!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha Waikiki Scuba scuba diving and sports fans where ever you may be looking in from!
On the verge of the NFL’s conference championships this Sunday. The staff and crew of Rainbow Scuba Hawaii took no day off this weekend.
In short, we love to scuba dive in Waikiki!
Today we had a wonderful bunch of China Airlines crew members that wanted to be catered to for a change, while we offered our hospitality during their travels to the reefs of Honolulu’s south eastern shores! First class seating for these great guys and dolls!
Joining us aboard The Scuba Cat this morning for a Discover Scuba diving adventure was our old friend Hardy and he brought along a few special friends! Cindy, Meg, April, Wilma and Jane rounded up the guest list for the morning adventure.
Meeting everyone at Kewalo Basin Harbor we all got acquainted with each other and our gear. Before to long we we’re headed out to sea!
The sun was shining and the waters were calm for a change, but the visibility wasn’t pristine. Yet, we forged through and made it to Nautilus Reef for some shark viewing, fish feeding and an automatic octopus encounter!
The 35 minutes of exploration at 40 feet ended up being a first time Waikiki Scuba dive for the intrepid gaggle of smiling ladies and Hardy!
We took our respite on the surface with complimentary beverages, then pointed the Cat toward Horseshoe Reef for the final Discover Scuba Dive of the morning. As the waters to the east at Turtle Canyon Reef were very cloudy we managed to secure a great mooring at Horseshoe!
We all dropped down the line smoothly and safely to the keyhole of the dive site, stopping only to take a group pic.
We made it over to Turtle Ridge and got great photos of baby White Tipped Reef Sharks and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles!
I had a great time guiding this lovely group through the water today and I know they had a splendid time as well!
I hope you all enjoy the complimentary underwater Waikiki Scuba photographs that we post to our Facebook page. Unlike the other companies Rainbow Scuba’s Underwater Photos are Always Free and Always Good!
Mahalo to you all for choosing us for the time of your lives!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Who want to go Hawaii scuba diving? I know I want to… joining me today was Carlos and Valeria for a private beginner scuba diving tour here in Honolulu, Hawaii. Although the sun wasn’t as bright an shinny as normal and the waves were a little choppy we braved the Hawaiian waters and gave it a try. After sitting down with our two perspective Hawaii scuba divers and briefing them of the experience we headed out to sea.
Our first Hawaii scuba dive site was over at Horseshoe reef. A great dive location most days for seeing Hawaii green sea turtles, white tip reef sharks and lots of octopus. After overcoming an equalization issue Carlos and I dove around some huge schools of reef fish. Overall it was a good experience for our first time scuba divers while exploring the high sea of Honolulu, Hawaii. Checkout all the free underwater scuba diving pictures taken on the tour on our facebook page. Scuba diving is a safe and fun sport for all ages with few skills to master. Come out and scuba dive Hawaii on your next vacation to Honolulu!