Kona In a Nutshell
Kona, on the big island of Hawaii, offers the ability to get close to turtles, manta rays and dolphins. Diving is easy with clear, calm waters. No trip can be complete without a manta night dive.
Hawaii holds a large number of indigenous species of Butterfly fish and Angelfish. More than 20% of the Hawaiian reef fishes are found nowhere else in the world. In addition, prepare for encounters with spanish dancers, turtles, barracuda, mantas, frog fish, sharks and dolphins!
The Kona side is famous for its calm waters protected from the winds due to the large slopes of Maunaloa, and beautiful visibilitySeptember and January are the least crowded months, if you're looking for less-than-full dive boats. If you want the chance to do some whale-watching, November - March is your best bet. The water is a little colder (down to 75 degrees) and the surface a bit choppier in the winter months, and warmer and calmer in the summer (78-81 degrees). Visibility varies depending on rainfall and runoff, but is usually between 75-100'.
Take a trip up to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see the steam rise up as lava rushes into the ocean. For you coffee lovers, explore the Kona plantations and sample some 100% pure Kona Coffee! In the evening, visit the Mauna Kea Observatories to watch the sunset and then stargaze. Take a hike along the east side, in lush rainforests, or just take a dip and snorkel around, Kona has some unbelievable snorkeling as well.
A Sailboat wreck. Your divemaster is sure to explain the dive site's name when they brief you! This is usually reserved for advanced charters, as the boat sits in about 100ft of water. It's become the home for a number of colorful and interesting fish. Keep a lookout for bicolor anthias, leaf scorpionfish, and hawaiian green lionfish.
Great site, especially for beginners as it is a shallow and protected divesite. Hunt around for Eels hiding in the cracks and check out the local raccoon butterflyfish.
Great location for hopefully spotting some turtles. Watch them getting cleaned by tangs and other colorful fish.
Long Lava Tube:
This divesite, as well as many of the other surrounding "southern" sites hold an abundance of life. Any of the sites are well worth a visit as they are teeming with fish. Also keep a lookout for sleeping turtles in the lava tubes, and some other great finds that you normaly would only find at night.