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Scuba Diving in Oahu, Hawaii

Water temperature:

22°C (72°F) in January and February to 27°C (81°F) in August and September


5mm wetsuit


20 - 40 metres (65 - 130 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs, walls, lava tubes

Marine life:

White tip sharks, eagle rays, turtle, snapper, trumpetfish, butterflyfish, puffer fish, octopus, eels, crabs, coral

When to go:

Any time of year, although summer months have the best conditions

How to get there:

From the UK - United Airlines fly from London Heathrow on Saturdays and Sundays via Los Angeles to Kona. The return journey flies via San Francisco, also on Saturdays and Sundays

Oahu is a varied island, renowned for its surfing, particularly during the winter months (October to March). It is also famous for Pearl Harbour which is located in the southern part of the island. The sandy white beaches are crowded during the day, except in the south where they are less picturesque so tend to be occupied by the locals. The biggest resort area is four mile-long Waikiki beach, covered in hundreds of high rise hotels. Beyond Waikiki accommodation is sparser. The southwest coast is the driest region of Oahu and Makaha is characterised by mountain views and rough surf. The north shore at Waimea Valley is covered by tropical forest, where hiking and cycling is possible.

Diving in Oahu offers wrecks and reefs for all experiences. The good visibility and shallower reefs are ideal for those learning to dive and the caverns and wrecks are something a little more challenging for advanced divers. The Waianae Coast is an outstanding place to dive during the summer months, as are locations around Diamond Head, the North Shore and Makapuu's offshore Rabbit Island. Conditions can be poor at times, but generally if one dive site is blown out another one will be fine on the other side of the island.

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