Waikiki Scuba 02-05-2015 9:30 am

Waikiki Scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

Waikiki Scuba
Waikiki Scuba

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

Waikiki Scuba 01-25-2015 9:30 am

Waikiki Scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

Waikiki Scuba
Waikiki Scuba

Aloha to all scuba diving and sports fans around the world!
We at Rainbow Scuba Company Hawaii have a few crew members out with the flu that’s been pummeling lesser diving instructors, but not ours! I’ve managed to stay flu free this season so far. Ken has roughed it out by showing up ready to work even though he’s keeping his distance from our wonderful guests!
We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather playing tricks on all the ocean goers this past week. We’ve also managed to show our Waikiki Scuba customers a great underwater show regardless of where the competition has been headed! I guess this is where the decades of experience and knowledge comes in handy. Rainbow Scuba has always been offering a great time for year round scuba enjoyment so, it’s no wonder why it almost sells itself!
Today was another glorious day out there. We were joined by a great couple from Melbourne, Australia.
Daniel and Marija are both certified open water divers with a couple dozen dives each under there weight belts so I was really hoping to break into their top 3 scuba dives of their early career.
What better way than to introduce them to the deep shipwrecks and shallow reefs of Waikiki?
Our first Waikiki Scuba diving site was my favorite shipwreck, The Sea a Tiger!
Dropping down the line during our steady descent we passed through the usual suspects of tropical fish bundles. Swarming around us as we parted them the Moorish Idols and silver darting Akule gave us the tunnel toward the bow deck of the steel maiden sunken at 100 feet below.
Once we touched down on The Sea Tiger I knew with the 80 feet of visibility and the wreck to ourselves, void of other divers, that the next 19 minutes were going to be a couples diving delight!
Posing with sea turtles to start!and taking pictures of Daniel and Marija in action as they glided in and out of the swim throughs gazing at the brilliant yellow schools of Taape made my job easy. I soon realized 10 minutes in that I just broke into their top 2 dive adventures!
Earlier on shore Marija explained to me that she really wanted to see the famous Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and I knew it was mission accomplished!
We traipsed along for the allotted 18- 20 minutes and got to our safety stop to view some of the unedited photos I took right through me camera screen. The smiles with bright eyes solidified Rainbow Scuba as a their return dive destination!
It’s wasn’t over yet! You wanted turtles?
Well, Marija and Dan you’re getting them. Along with the 3 White a Tipped Reef Sharks to the east of where were moored up at Horseshoe Reef we ran into another 4 Green Sea Turtles, more fish of all types and shining colors. Of course the famous Octopus encounter to round of the 45 minute shallow reef dive at Horseshoe Reef in the pristine 100 foot visibility at 35-45 feet down is a cherry that tops the proverbial ice cream sundae of scuba diving. Mir ensures that it is a quality, safe and fun day of Waikiki Scuba diving with the staff and crew of Rainbow!
On one of the clearest days I’ve ever seen having come to an end we pulled back into Kewalo Basin Harbor. I couldn’t get enough thank you’s! The excitement was electric. It got even better when we informed our guest scuba divers, again that all 90 to 100 underwater photos were Free of charge and would be posted to our Facebook page that evening or the next for their viewing, sharing and bragging for a lifetime to come!
I’m sure we’ll see these two again!
Until then I’ve gotta sign off! Another busy day tomorrow!
Mahalo again to you all!
Jeff and Ken!

Waikiki Scuba 01-19-2015 1:30 pm

Waikiki Scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

Waikiki Scuba
Waikiki Scuba

Aloha and We’re back for more!
It’s time to update you all with another bloggers post from Rainbow Scuba Company Hawaii.
Just getting a breath in from this morning’s Monday Discover Waikiki Scuba Diving early charter on Martin Luther King Day. I must say the holiday with all of its pomp and circumstance has left Waikiki in a torrid gridlock of traffic and pedestrian mayhem. We at Rainbow Scuba have the answer to the hustle and bustle. Come aboard The Scuba Cat and leave the land behind for a few hours!
The guests we had on the 9:30am scuba diving charter had an unbelievable time in the epic conditions above and below the surface. So, I was more than happy to extend this day for another 2 or 3 Deep Shipwreck and Discover Scuba Dives!
Having 2 knowledgable instructors on staff is a great way to accommodate the sometimes mixed or modified groups of skill leveled scuba divers. Many people who are certified scuba divers always travel to Honolulu with first time scuba divers. Many times this means that none of them dive. Not today! Wanting to brave the deep shipwreck dives while your other half can’t makes for a scheduling nightmare in most cases. At Rainbow Scuba Hawaii we have the flexible and creative scheduling ability with our private boat tours that make a mixed dive charter possible.
Joining us this holiday afternoon were 4 wonderful guests who wanted to do all kinds of Waikiki Scuba diving! Bay Area Certified open water scuba diver Ben along with first time diver Shirley met up with certified and seasoned scuba diver Sherry from Oklahoma. Rounding off our group of four was first time discover scuba diver Margeritte.
Everyone arrived at Kewalo Basin Harbor for an afternoon of scuba diving fun!
After setting up and acquainting everyone with their gear and the crew, we were soon untied from the dock. Heading toward the open sea the anticipation grew as we closed in on our first scuba dive destination The deep shipwreck, Sea Tiger!
Aboard we had two customers that were certified and two who were not. Now this might present a problem for most scuba diving companies, but not Rainbow Scuba! Two capable, experienced instructors and a private boat solves most dilemmas of such. The certified divers aren’t chained to doing just shallow dives and the Discover Scuba Divers, or first timers aren’t left to do just 1 shallow dive.
Follow along and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
As we tied up to the Sea Tiger 100 feet below the dive boat I waited for Ben and Sherry to stride into the clear 100 feet plus of visibility! After signaling, okay, we descended smoothly along the line down toward the massive steel shipwreck below. We passed the parting thousands of Moorish Idols and Mamo that schooled above the Sea Tiger. As the fish welcomed us so did the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and Moray Eels that laze around the different decks of the shipwreck. The 20 minutes at 100 feet was a cornucopia of mixed marine life including Baby Spotted Eagle Ray and a 6 foot White Tipped Reef Shark shadowing the sandy bottom 122 feet below the surface. We ascended to our 3 minute safety stop and breached the surface to climb back aboard the Scuba Cat. We got settled and relaxed while Ken was rounding up his detailed safety briefing for Shirley and Margeritte. In a few short minutes they were about to take the plunge on their first of two shallow Discover Waikiki Scuba dives. While Ben, Sherry and I off gassed and had cold beverages, Captain Brian sailed us to the shallows of Nautilus Reef.
Now I can’t tell you to much about what happened on this dive as I was taking a necessary surface interval on the boat. I will say after my thousands of dives something tells me that after the two ladies overcame their apprehensions. They both descended with Ken alongside to guide them toward the roving baby sharks.
35 minutes later the two first timers popped up on the surface next to the Cat and climbed back aboard. We all got settled in and everyone gathered themselves for the final triumph and second scuba dive for the group. The Captain got us underway just a stones throw over to Horseshoe Reef!
The lot of us took our strides into the still phenomenally clear water and made our descent to the sandy bottom just 36 feet below.
A tight group picture and we were off toward the ridge where turtles and sharks intermingle as if they are expecting scuba divers to come along at any moment!
The two buddy teams of Ben and Shirley with Sherry and Margeritte followed me along for 35 minutes of fish feeding, turtle posing and shark viewing!
I took dozens of free underwater Waikiki Scuba photographs that are all posted up on our Facebook page for your viewing and bragging pleasure!
A big Rainbow Scuba Hawaii Mahalo goes out to everyone who joined us this morning and this afternoon on an absolutely perfect Monday in Honolulu!
Until next time, Aloha!
Jeff, Ken and Captain Brian

Waikiki Scuba 01-17-2015 9:30 am

Waikiki Scuba diving with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

Waikiki Scuba
Waikiki Scuba

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