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Waikiki Dive Center caters to both experienced and beginner divers in a way no other dive shop can. We own a total of two custom dive boats, both made in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our dives are typically off of these vessels, one at each of the best diving areas on the Island.

We specialize in small groups and personalized attention. On a typical day, you’ll be diving with no more 6 divers. Our United States Coast Guard certified vessels are certified for up to 13 and 25 passengers, but we like to keep the numbers down to give you the best scuba diving experience.

We offer complimentary roundtrip transportation within Waikiki with all diving tours. Morning charters start at 7:15am and return around noon and afternoon charters begin at 10:15am and return around 3:00-3:30pm. All gear is included, as well as a full line of the newest dive gear available for purchase including ScubaPro, Aqualung, Oceanic, Mares and Atomic.

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OUR DIVE BOATS

SNOOPY V

  • 1998
  • 39′ Custom Hawaiian Force Sportfish Express
  • United States Coast Guard Certified Vessel
  • 25 Passenger Capacity (Limit 10 per fishing charter)
  • Twin Cummins Diesel Engines

Snoopy V is just a few short minutes from Waikiki, docked at Kewalo Basin Harbor, home to the best wreck dives on Oahu: Sea Tiger, YO-257, and San Pedro. There are also numerous reef dives available to divers of all experience levels that offer lots to see, like many varieties of reef fish, nudibranchs, eels and of course the Hawaiian green sea turtle!

SUBMARINER

  • 1999
  • 25′ Force
  • United States Coast Guard Certified Vessel
  • 13 Passenger Capacity
  • Yanmar Diesel Engine

The Submariner is located on the Southeast side of the island in Maunalua Bay, near Hanauma Bay. This area provides excellent dives for those from all experience levels who want to check out octopus and Hawaiian green sea turtles. Our most famous dive in Maunalua Bay is our only natural wreck dive, the Corsair.

DIVE SITES

SOUTH SHORE OAHU

 

SEA TIGER
The Sea Tiger is located about a quarter mile south of Kewalo Basin. Max depth is 130 feet but usually limited to about 100 feet. In 1992 ninety three Illegal Chinese immigrants were discovered aboard this 168-foot ship, which was known as Yun Fong Seong No. 303. Its 5-crew members were sent to prison and the boat was seized. In 1994 it was sold to a Vietnamese fisherman who renamed it the Sea Tiger. After the coast guard repeatedly fined the fisherman, he abandoned it in Honolulu Harbor. Voyager Submarines bought the Sea Tiger for $1 and sank it in 1999. It is our deepest recreational wreck on Oahu. However it is very close to shore and is usually in very calm water making this a great dive year around. This is Captain Nick’s Favorite wreck!

YO-257
This wreck has a depth of about 100 feet and is a crew favorite.  Commissioned in 1944, it was a fueling ship for other Navy vessels at sea during World War II and the Korean War. Measuring in at 174 feet long, it carried 250,000 gallons of fuel. This ship also carries a large gun on its stern, with its mount clearly visible. At some point in the 1950s, the ship was decommissioned and mothballed in Guam. In 1989, Atlantis Submarines sank the ship as a marine life habitat.  When currents and conditions allow and air is plentiful, you can swim over to ship wreck San Pedro about 40 yards away. There is so much to see here with two fantastic wrecks in just one dive!

SAN PEDRO
The San Pedro lies beside the YO-257 at 85 feet. This 111 foot long vessel was built in Japan and operated by a Korean fishing company. In 1975, the ship was carrying bait, food, and other cargo to a fishing fleet when she caught fire off South Point.  Badly damaged, the ship was towed to Keehi Lagoon, where it remained anchored for nearly two decades before sinking in the harbor.  Atlantis submarines again saved the day and sank the vessel for us to enjoy in 1996.  This dive site is where we have our best chances of seeing white tip reef sharks.  If we are running behind schedule the Atlantis submarine will give us a buzz while we are under.

NAUTILUS REEF
This a large reef dive located right outside Kewalo Basin Harbor with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Nautilus Reef is enjoyable for beginners and experienced divers, as there are usually many octopus and large eels to see here. This is also one of the only places where large schools of Mu can be found.

KEWALO PIPE | HORSESHOE REEF
Kewalo Pipe is a very large dive site. Depending where we moor up, depths very from 30 to 60 feet. This site is centered on an old storm drain which travels from shore to a huge coral bed in 60 feet of water. At the end of the pipe, large schools of barracuda often hang out, as well as the largest moray eels around. On the east side of the pipe is Horseshoe Reef, abundant with life. On the west side, you will find Bob’s Bunker.

TURTLE CANYONS
Turtle Canyons is THE turtle spot off Waikiki, where we often see 10 to 20 turtles on a single dive! The max depth at this site is 35 feet. Here, there are a series of reef fingers with an incredible amount of life, making it a great location for everyone, even snorkelers. This is a calm site perfect for beginners, and on a clear day, even the most experienced divers will come up amazed. Due to its large span, we are unable to cover the entire dive site in two dives.

FANTASEA REEF
Fantasea Reef is Captain Chris’s and Capt Dan’s favorite dive on the island they have been spear fishing there together since they where 18. Here you will be diving at a max of about 60 feet. You will find the best coral formations with the largest fish on Oahu. We are talking pristine conditions below the surface. There is a reason why this sites is so nice. This spot is foe experienced divers conditions are often choppy with currents. The Submariner only makes it here when the stars align and the wind is down.

LCU (Landing Craft Utility)
The LCU is an upside down barge, creating an extremely unique dive site, as the orientation of the vessel causes the fish to swim upside down, too! This wreck was also sunk for the purpose of fish and coral growth. Under the wreck is a large open area with amazing natural lighting and residing reef sharks.

BABY BARGE
This wreck is a barge that was sunk for the purpose of fish and coral growth. What makes the barge so nice is it lies on a shelf at 85 feet, which is very abundant in marine life. White tip reef sharks call the mini barge home, and during whale season, you can hear the beautiful song of the humpback whales.

 

MAUNALUA BAY

 

CORSAIR
This is a Hawaii must-see when it comes to wrecks. On a training exercise from Pearl Harbor in 1948, the needle in the planes fuel gauge began to fall. Thinking the gauge was defective, which was common at this time, the pilot continued the flight. Soon after, however, the engine began sputtering, and down he went. He executed a perfect water landing and survived the crash. The plane is in great condition, resting at 107 feet. When you dive this wreck, take a look at the plane’s propeller that was bent on impact. This is hands down Captain Chris’s favorite wreck dive! He has seen monk seals, large sharks and humpback whales scratching themselves on the mooring ball. Tons of garden eels live nearby, too!

KOKO CRATERS
Koko Craters, a series of underwater craters formed when Koko Head erupted, is a great place for beginner to novice divers! Its sandy bottom reaches a maximum of 40 feet with several craters. Koko Craters is a cleaning station for the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Some say it’s the turtle capital of the world! Captain Chris calls this shallow reef his favorite because all different kinds of species come by, from humpback whales to the endangered Hawaiian monk seals. He says, “There’s nothing like showing a first time diver a dolphin, whale or monk seal!” Hawaiian green sea turtles rest here while schools of soldierfish and friendly, large puffers swim around.

ANGLER REEF
Anglers Reef is the home of octopus heaven and spotted eagle rays. Frogfish are often found here, too. This dive site has a max depth of 40 feet. Anglers is a straight ledge that runs as far as a tank lasts.

HAWAII LOA RIDGE
Hawaii Loa Ridge is a gem in good conditions, as this dive site often has low visibility. When waters are crystal clear, it’s absolutely amazing. This reef is a series of large craters a bit bigger than those at Koko Craters. Tons of fish live here, as well as the occasional white tip reef shark! This is an awesome dive, which can be visited by novice and experienced divers.

PORTLOCK REEF
Novice to intermediate divers will enjoy this extremely unique dive, which ranges from 35 to 50 feet. This site features an underwater wall where lots of hard corals, moray eels, goatfish and octopus can be found. During humpback whale season, we can often hear them singing!

SPITTING CAVES
This dive site is for more intermediate to advanced divers, with a depth of 45 to 55 feet. The unusual Spitting Caves site is a wall dive with corals and several different types of vibrant butterfly fish.

PAWA’A
Max depth here is 40 feet.  Pawa’a is one large crater with a ledge that heads toward Koko Craters, and are actually similar sites in many ways.  There is a large amount of fish and sea turtles in a small area.  This is great for beginners because we do not have to travel far to see what this beautiful dive site has to offer!

 

 

 

DAILY CHARTERS

WRECK + REEF

We offer daily tours for certified and non-certified divers for those willing to take the plunge and have the adventure of a lifetime! Specializing in small groups allows for the best scuba diving experience.

GET CERTIFIED

BEGINNER + PROFESSIONAL

We are a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, offering scuba certification courses from PADI Open Water Diver to PADI Instructor, all at affordable prices. Our two USCG certified dive vessels available to beginners and certified divers.

FULL SERVICE

RETAIL + RENTAL + REPAIR

As Waikiki’s only full-service dive center since 1979, we provide charters, PADI certifications, equipment sales, rentals, and repair, and even deep sea fishing charters. Waikiki Dive Center does it all! Equipment and apparel available from ScubaProAqualungOceanic,  Mares and Atomic.

WAIKIKI DIVE CENTER

“The Only Way to Dive Hawaii”

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