Another Adventure of Hawaii scuba vlog hsd in Honolulu! Our team experienced some awesome diving today at Horseshoe reef and the Kewalo pipe reef. Both dives were to a max depth of around 40′ for about 30 minutes each. checkout the video vlog and pictures!
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 from a very sunny Honolulu, Hawaii!
Jeff here for your Hawaii Scuba Daily Dive Blog. This is where I tell you all a little bit of what goes on from day to day in our little, but, popular dive operation!
There are so many dive companies to choose from here in Honolulu, but very few that can provide you with what Rainbow Scuba can. Case in point, today we had a private charter for a father and his daughter who wanted to dive the deep shipwreck and shallow reefs without the worry of being back at a certain time or showing up early for that matter!
So what better way to get this done than to book a Private Hawaii Scuba Diving Charter? A lot of places would charge in upwards of $500 to $600 for this experience and the diving would be an extra fee! Well that’s not the case with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii.
Joining us for a relaxing morning on The Scuba Cat were Marissa McBride and her lucky father Robert or Bob McBride as he asked me to call him.
Marissa had planned this trip to Hawaii for the sole purpose of treating her dad to the Scuba Diving Adventure of his life! So the pressure was on and we were up to the task with supreme confidence. Our years of experience in the scuba diving and hospitality industry here in Hawaii is top notched and our overly fair, quality valued prices unmatchable!
Marissa and Bob are both certified and qualified to do the deep shipwreck scuba dives, but neither has dived in over 2 years since being certified in 2013. Never a problem for our friendly and patient crew!
We geared the two divers up and familiarized them with the rental gear as well talked about the dive to come just to refresh their minds about things Thames haven’t done in over 2 years.
Soon we were cutting through the Pacific Ocean Blue heading to the first dive site, The Sea Tiger!
With a little apprehension Bob followed Marissa as they both took their giant strides toward the first Hawaii Scuba dive of the day.
As we dropped down to the the shipwreck’s deck we passed thousands of colorful fish that were bunched in thick schools. Green Sea Turtles and the 6 foot WitheTipped Reef Shark glided in a figure eight down at the sandy bottom 120 feet below the surface. A lone baby Spotted Eagle Ray flew over the top and I gave chase in an attempt to snap a photo or two. Lots of sea life with lots of underwater photos passed the 20 minutes in this 60 feet of visibility scuba dive!
As we climbed back aboard the dive boat it seemed that all the anxiety had been replaced with excitement to get on with the day. I said we’d be right back in it soon, but they should take their time and enjoy the privacy of the surface interval on their private charter!
As we got on to Horseshoe Reef for our last dive of the day the descent and 45 minute dive went along just as planned. Smooth and slow like we discussed before entering.
More sharks, sea turtles and an a rare Cormersons a Frog Fish were the highlights of this second shallow reef dive!
I know via their overly generous gratuity and countless handshakes that the wonderful Father & Daughter duo had a great day with a rainbow Scuba!
Don’t forget that all your Underwater Hawaii Scuba Photos are Always Free and Always Good on our Facebook page!
Mahalo Again until tomorrow!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Briam
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