Diving the Big Island of Hawaii

Goat Fish above Reef at Captain Cook

Goat Fish above Reef at Captain Cook

Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world happens off the coasts of this archipelago. Whether you have spent or are taking the plunge for the first time there are a lot of things to know about the where, when and how of enjoying your time under the sea.

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We are going to show you our favorite shore diving spots on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is not a comprehensive list of all SCUBA diving locations on the Big Island, but merely a personal guide of our most frequented shore diving sites. These sites are convenient, and easily accessible by car.

Visibility is typically better on the Kona side of the Big Island, the lee-ward side of the Island. Visibility is subject to wind and surf conditions.

We have divided our SCUBA Diving Guide between the two sides of the Big Island, Hilo and Kona. Click below to view our favorite Hawaii shore diving spots.  Click on the links below for information, photos, and dive plan for all of the best diving spots in Kona and Hilo.  From the most famous location of Captain Cook, Kealakekua Bay, to the lesser known Leleiwi Beach, We list our favorite shore-diving destinations and show you how easy it is to access them on the Big Island.




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