There is lots of fantastic diving in Hawaii, but only Kona diving offers some of the unique and spectacular features that make it unique among Hawaii’s best diving. Kona diving is often regarded as some of the best diving in Hawaii because it is just too good.

Kona offers many distinct features not found on the other islands in the combination they are found here. Among them are the excellent visibility, unique underwater lave formations, and abundance of large and small marine life. We also often have some of the calmest waters in the Hawaiian island chain.


Some people love Kona diving because of the excellent visibility. Our conditions are often very good compared to most spots around the world. This is due to our tropical waters which are low in nutrients. This makes it difficult for algae to grow and obscure the view.

The Big Island of Hawaii is also the newest island in the chain. This means it’s still mostly composed of lava rock. Because of this the new reefs have not had the same amount of time to break down. As a result there is far less sand here than on the other islands. Because of this there is nothing to stir up and cause cloudiness or turbidity in the water.

Probably one of the least mentioned reasons is the steepness of the island. Because it is a new island it has steep mountain sides that drop quickly off into the abyss. This means there is lots of fresh blue ocean water replacing any cloudy water near the reefs.

The visibility range when scuba diving Big Island is typically around 30-80 feet with a normal day being around 40-60 feet. Some sites on especially calm days can have well over 100ft (30M) of visibility.

Kona Diving with Lava Formations

One of Kona’s most unique and special features is it’s freshly made lava. The tubes and caverns formed by the lava when submerged turn into havens for Kona’s many different marine creatures. Animals like, molluscs (cowry, lobster, crabs) and fish (squirrel fish) love to use the caves and caverns as their daytime resting place. This means you can explore them during the day with a light. Some of the lava tubes are long and go very far into the island. Others have collapsed ceilings which means you will see gorgeous filtered light shining through the skylights. Some lava tubes have mostly collapsed which means only a single arch remains. There are so many different variations of terrain and the coast is so long it’s impossible to see them all.

Some of the most interesting formations are vertical tubes or horizontal caves coupled with arches. It truly is amazing the sheer variety and difference of lava formations. Underwater canyons and valleys, bommies, archways and more make Kona Diving especially unique.

Kona’s Marine Life

Kona is not known for the soft corals found throughout some of the tropical pacific islands. But what it lacks in color it makes up in abundance and diversity of marine life. Kona is home to the largest population of endemic fish in the world. Fish you will only see here in Hawaii! It’s also home to a great many cryptic fish like leaf scorpion, titan scorpion, peacock flounder, and frogfish. Sometimes we will find multiple

Some of the best finds can be teeny tiny. We have nudibranchs like shaun the sheep and Jolly Green Giant. We also have snails, and other little juvenile marine life. It’s even possible to find baby marlin drifting in the open pelagic waters. On our black water dive you will find many of these micro critters right in front of your face. From tiny translucent Sea Jellys to little baby ono or flounder.

Kona is also home to some of the world’s best large animal encounters on the planet. We have seen whale sharks, tigersharks, whales, and dolphins on dives. Of course it must be mentioned that we have the world famous manta ray dive. It offers the best opportunity to see mantas period. There is nothing else like it anywhere else.

Kona is also home to many octopus inhabiting the reef. You can see multiple octopi on a single dive! These curious critters will display intelligence and guile on the reef often camouflaging themselves. Our experienced guides can spot these elusive critters after years of practice.

Ocean Conditions

Kona’s coast is fortunate to have so many things going for it. One of them is shelter. The coast itself is varied with many different bays and points. This allows boats like ours to tuck away into coves and away from certain swell directions.

Our island also lies in the shadow of the other islands. When we receive the northwest swell that is common during the winter time it is often a much smaller version than that experienced on the other islands.

The rough lava rock can mean difficult shore diving conditions. Most divers choose to dive Kona by boat for the convenience and amenities it provides. Scuba diving Hawaii also includes a guide to help you find critters and tour the best parts of the reef. This means your sure to see all of the best parts of the reef.

Kona Honu Divers has some of the most experienced guides in Hawaii. Our professional crew is looking to deliver an experience that will exceed your expectations. We love taking you diving and showing you a good time both above and below the surface.

The clear, warm, calm waters mean Kona Diving is truly some of the best. Add in the abundance of critters and unique structure and rock formations and you have one of the top-rated diving destinations in the Pacific Ocean. Add in the ability to reach Kona with a direct flight from many major metropolitan areas and the allure of the Big Island is undeniable.

Kona Honu Divers has won multiple awards from scuba diving magazine readers for all aspects of our dive business. We our focus on safety ensures you will have a trouble free experience out on the water with us. Combined with the nicest dive boats in Hawaii Kona Honu Divers is constantly striving to be Hawaii’s best dive operator. Kona Diving Done right.

The combination of factors going for Kona truly make it world-class diving. Kona Honu Divers works hard to ensure your experience measures up to the world-class experience you expect from such a distinction. To see if for yourself visit to book now! Or call (808)324-4668