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
- 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!
- 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.
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.
Koko Craters, a series of underwater craters formed when Koko Head erupted, is a great place for certified divers and beginners! It has a maximum depth of 40 feet and 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 whale, dolphin or a monk seal!” This is an excellent beginner to novice scuba diving site with 30 to 40 foot sand bottom and several craters. Hawaiian green sea turtles rest here while schools of soldierfish and friendly, large puffers swim around.
Anglers Reef is the home of Octopus heaven and spotted eagle rays. This dive site has a max depth of 40 feet. Anglers is a straight ledge that runs as far as a tank lasts. Frogfish are often found here, but our favorite creatures to see are the many octopus that live around this reef.
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 also 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.
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!
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.
This is one of Capt Adams favorite spots. Max depth is forty feet. Pawa’a is one large crater with a ledge that heads towards Koko Craters. They are similar sites in many ways. We have a dense amount of fish and turtles in a small area. This is great for beginners because we do not have to travel far to see.
FantaSea Reef is Capt. 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.
This wreck is a sunken barge sank for the purposes of fish and coral growth. Max depth is 85 feet. What makes the barge so nice is it lies on a shelf, which is very abundant in marine life. White tip sharks call the mini barge home and during whale season all you can hear is whales whales whales singing their hearts out. This is Capt Nick’s Favorite wreck!!!
The LST was sunk for the purposes of fish and coral growth as well. Max depth is 90 feet. This barge is often called the upside down barge, due to it being upside down of course. Under the wreck is a large open area where you can often see sharks hanging out and makes for some beautiful lighting.
The Sea Tiger is located about a quarter mile south of Kewalo Basin. Max depth is 130 feet but usually limited to 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 member’s where 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 shortly 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 wreck has a depth of 65 to 115 feet. This is a crew favorite. Everyone loves diving the YO. Commissioned in 1944 it was a fueling ship for other Navy vessels at sea during World War II as well as the Korean War. Measuring 174 feet long, it carried 250,000 gallons of fuel. As well as fuel this ship carries a large gun on the stern and the mount is clearly visible on the stern. At some point in the 1950’s the ship was decommissioned and mothballed in Guam. In 1989 Atlantis Submarines sank the ship as a marine life habitat. Than you Atlantis you made an incredible wreck!!! Not only is the YO a great wreck but when conditions are right and the air is plentiful you can swim about 40 yards over to San Pedro which lies beside her. When you do this it is a great time you will remember forever, diving two fantastic wrecks on the same dive!!!
Max depth is 85 feet The San Pedro lies beside the YO. This wreck is 111 feet long. She was built in Japan and operated by a Korea fishing company. In 1975 the ship was carrying bait, food, and other cargo to a fishing fleet when she caught fire off South Point. Although it was 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.
Max depth is 40 Feet. This a large reef dive located right outside Kewalo basin. This is a perfect second dive after the Sea Tiger or afternoon dive with our beginners or students. Octopuses are often found her as well as large eels. This is one of the only places where you see a larger school of Mu.
Kewalo Pipe | Horseshoe Reef:
Kewalo pipe is a very large site. Depending where we tie 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 morays around. On the east side you will find horseshoe reef, which is abundant with life, and on the west side you will find Bob’s bunker. This by far is Marco’s favorite shallow dive he will make your head spin when you dive this site with him, one thing after the other.
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. 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. This is a calm site perfect for beginners.