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
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 and hello again from sunny Honolulu!
Rainbow Scuba’s daily blogger here to tell you a little about today’s diving adventures.
After going through a busy week of first time Discover Scuba divers, we managed to get a booking for some certified divers! We love doing any type of scuba diving with our guests, but I was in dire need of a deep shipwreck and shallow reef dive! That means we were heading to my favorite sunken ship The Sea Tiger!
Joining us on this beautiful sunny morning were 5 great people who were excited to get to 100 feet deep before lunch. Arriving early was Tiffany, followed soon after by Emily, Eric, Sophia and Iker!
Everyone met at Kewalo Basin Harbor, which is home to our private Honolulu Scuba dive boat The Scuba Cat!
After gearing up and introducing each other to the crew, we undocked and were soon making way toward the open sea.
As we neared the dive site just a little over a mile off of Ala Moana Beach, I could see that it was going to be a great day. The water was pure glass and the visibility from the surface looked to be over 100 feet!
I tied us off to the stern mooring, Ken and Captain Mark buddy checked everyone then, the next thing I saw were people taking their giant strides toward the first of two Honolulu Scuba dives for the morning.
Tiffany was serious when she assured me that she really wanted to see sharks, sea turtles and the famous octopus encounter that has become an expected crowd pleaser attraction for our customers after all these years!
I had no problem in promising her that I would come through on all three and then some! The pressure was certainly on!
Touching down on the massive shipwreck deck we bunched together at the stern rail for a group picture and away we went. The 90 foot average depth was a breeze for the next 18 minutes and visibility was better than ever!
Passing through the giant schools of Damsel Fish, Moorish Idols and Blue Lined Snappers we explored together and came upon a great view of the six foot White Tipped Reef Shark laying on the sandy bottom just off the starboard quarter of the wreck. Since the shark was down on the sand at 110 feet I signaled everyone to stay at 90 feet while I dropped down to 100 to snap a few pictures for the photo album. Posing some more with The Giant Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the shipwreck’s bow made it about time to turn around for the last stretch back to the ascent line. An amusing 3 minute safety stop was followed up with the fin removal service and assisted safe return to each person’s bench seat.
The typical rants and raves about the the just completed dive along with the complimentary beverage was a great way to spend our surface interval while we off gassed I kept busy by changing over the tanks.
40 minutes later we were hovering over Nautilus Reef for our shallow second scuba dive!
The 100 foot visibility held fast and so did the sunshine as we splashed in toward our smooth descent to the 40 foot sandy bottom just outside the eastern valley ridge. This put us in a great position to slide over to the ledge where the smaller sharks patrolled daily. There’s always so much to see at Nautilus Reef that it’s like diving in an aquarium museum tank filled with tropical marine life!
Of course no dive to this site would be a 40 minute blast without the promised octopus encounter for Tiffany and the rest of our great new friends of Rainbow Scuba!
I hope everyone enjoyed the Honolulu Scuba dives, hospitality and free underwater photographs that we post to Facebook for a great souvenir memory album of a lifetime!
Until tomorrow Mahalo to All!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Mark
Aloha to all the divers following us from around the world!
The new year has brought in a fast and early rainstorm, but just as quickly vanquished it from our winter island paradise.
After bidding farewell to our 6 morning scuba divers we at Rainbow Scuba reloaded the Scuba Cat, switched captains and welcomed our group of 5 afternoon Discover Scuba Divers!
The eager faces of the excited guests energized us for an afternoon of great Honolulu Scuba adventure.
Greetings, introductions and salutations were exchanged as we suited everyone up for the pre-dive briefing.
Mary, Alisa and Larry joined Gui and Mike aboard our fast dive boat for a slow and relaxed scuba charter.
Having a whole day of first time Discover Scuba divers gives Ken and myself an ever enjoyable feeling for the job we keep coming back to year after year! Of course I love taking experienced certified divers 100 feet below to the deep shipwreck dives, but there’s a certain fulfillment in introducing scuba diving to the lives of first timers.
We were headed west out of Kewalo Basin Harbor for the 20 minute boat ride on this sunny day to challenge the customers and marine life at Turtle Canyon Reef!
Along the way we continued our safety briefing and soon I was splashing in to hook us up to the mooring that would be our home for the next hour.
Taking their first giant strides of their lives, one after another our guests found out right away that this was all it was advertised to be.
Descending to the sandy bottom below at 30 feet I could see turtles way off in the distance. Before they knew it everyone was posing for pictures with our marine friends. Just figuring out how to kick and breathe underwater is usually what the first dive of two is all about. With this group it was all natural and no time was wasted. The 30 minutes of introductory diving and exploring passed all too quickly and our guests were raving about getting to the next dive site for more fun!
Captain Brian pointed the Cat west and soon had us hovering above Nautilus Reef.
With newly changed full tanks the divers took the plunge into what would be the highlight of their vacation in Honolulu!
Nautilus Reef is a popular dive site for locals and tourist alike and veritably accessible by dive boat alone. As Honolulu Scuba divers it becomes an underwater museum of adventure.
The smooth and slow descent to the outside rides of the reef brought us up close to a large school of silvery and flashy Akule and Mamo that parted for the intrepid group of Rainbow Scubas finest!
As per usual we headed over to the shark viewing territory on the eastern ridge of the site for pictures and wide eyes full of amazement. Popping off pictures that would soon be free souvenirs for the bunch was just the start to a full fledged marine science dive of discovery. I’ve been doing this for decades now, and it never gets old. Watching people blowing bubbles while I take pictures of their giddy faces makes the long day on the sea a dream job!
We zig zagged the valley at 40 feet for 40 minutes while coming across eels, tropical fish and even a humongous helmet conch shell that was crusty and camouflaged on the outside, smooth with gleam on the inside. Colorful Nudibranchs and some really big moray eels were easy to view in the 70 feet of visibility.
We ended up at the line for ascent with the ever popular and crowd pleasing octopus encounter!
The free pictures are proof alone that Rainbow Scuba delivers the goods!
Mahalo to all 11 of our morning and afternoon guests for choosing us as your Honolulu scuba company!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian
Aloha Scuba Diving & Sports Fans Too!
In Hawaii Everyday is a Saturday for Our Guests & a Monday for us Diving Instructors. We Love it so much that we usually don’t know what day it is!
Today was almost an exception as we had Great Guests, but it was a Big College Football Saturday(Which at our company only matters to me!)
Nevertheless it was the only reason I knew it was a Saturday!
Joining us on our Weekend Scuba Adventure were Our O/W certified Divers Ed & Marie visiting from Florida. Along for her 1st Time “Discover Scuba” Experience was the lovely Tiffany from Nevada.
It may seem unusual to have a mixed group like this, but with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii’s “Flex-Friendly” schedule it Always works as we keep the groups intimate & have separate Diving instructors to accommodate any skill level of guests!
While I Dived “The Sea Tiger” Deep Shipwreck with Ed & Marie — where we saw all sorts of tropical marine life — including Giant Green Sea Turtles, Schools of Moorish Idols, Taape’ & Goatfish. Add to that list a pair of Spotted Eagle Rays, a 6 Foot White Tipped Reef Shark, a Baby Octopus, 7 Assorted Eels, a Leaf Scorpion Fish & You’ve got Yourself one wicked good scuba dive!
As the 3 of us Who dived the Shipwreck took our surface interval swimming & snorkeling at “Nautilus Reef” Ken & Tiffany did their “Discover Scuba Dive!” You see where I’m headed with this?
Our Diving Adventure Ended with a Great Dive at “Horseshoe Reef” where we all got to dive together for a while before Ed, Marie & I headed to deeper water. While as a group during the shallow portion of the dive we had our “Group Octopus Encounter” took group photos with Turtles & Baby Sharks.
Everyone Got their “Customer Service” & “Economically Unbeatable” enthusiastic scuba dives… While enjoying the “No Rush — No Pressure” Comfort of our personalized private chartered Dive Boat!
Of Course as per usual All Our Guest’s Underwater Photographs are Always FREE & Always GOOD!
So Ended My Saturday out Scuba Diving in Hawaii!
BTW I made it home to see the last 5 minutes of my Alma Mater “TheOhio State” Buckeyes Beating Sparty of Michigan State! Making Today a Win Win Day!
Mahalo Again until next time…
Jeff, Ken & Captain Mark!
Your Rainbow Scuba Hawaii Crew!