Hawai’i’s Underwater Explorations

Molokini Island, Maui - Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)  Kirk Lee Aeder
Molokini Island, Maui – Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Kirk Lee Aeder

PRESS RELEASE: Hawai’i’s outstanding beauty does not end above ground in the form of volcanoes and lush greenery; there are hundreds more treasures to discover below the surface.

For an underwater journey like no other, visitors can hire submarine scooters to explore Hawai’i’s colourful and vibrant coral reefs. Without the uncomfortable constraints of conventional dive equipment, visitors can effortlessly ride their very own self-propelled, eco-friendly electric scooter with no diving or scuba experience necessary. There is always a professional tour guide on site who leads the group through tropical reefs. This fun activity is safe for the whole family, although height and weight restrictions apply.

Another way that visitors can enjoy Hawai’i’s submerged delights is to snorkel and scuba dive. Molokini which is just off Maui’s west coast offers brilliant experiences for all, with over 250 species of fish and marine life including yellow tang, moorish idol, parrot fish, black triggerfish, bluefin trevally, raccoon butterfly fish and sometimes manta rays and whitetip reef sharks.

Maunalua Bay, located on Oahu’s south shore, is a favourite spot among canoe paddlers, boaters and kayakers. This area rich in history offers visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge while also enjoying beautiful views of Diamond Head, the Ko’olau mountain range, and Koko Crater while sailing through pristine waters of the bay.

Diving enthusiasts can discover the unknown at the Corsair Airplane Wreck, located approximately 3 miles out from the Hawai’i Kai marina on O’ahu’s south east side. The wreck sits 115ft deep in an upright position facing south west, with the tail of the airplane pointing towards Koko Head. Due to strong currents and slightly rough seas, this wreck is recommended for experienced divers only. The left wing of the Corsair is submerged underneath sand acting as an anchor; the right wing is fully exposed providing a home for octopi and eels.  Puffer fish, squirrel fish and snapper fish can also be found near the Airplane. Although it’s not a regular occurrence, divers may be lucky enough to spot a Galapagos shark or a huge manta ray.

The mysterious manta ray is one of the largest fish in the ocean with wingspans of up to 20ft or more, and the Big Island of Hawai’i is an incredible setting to encounter these amazing creatures. The Kona Coast is one of the best places to spot manta rays in Hawai’i. Just offshore at resorts including Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, spotlights are used to attract mantas that feed off the plankton illuminated by the light. Another breathtaking way to experience manta rays is a night boat tour. As night falls, tour companies place giant lights on the ocean floor in spots where mantas frequent. Depending on experience, visitors are able to either scuba dive or snorkel and are treated to an amazing show as giant mantas glide and somersault in fascinating patterns.

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About the Hawaiian Islands:
The Hawaiian Islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean and its islands extend some 1,500 miles (2,400km). The six main islands from the oldest to the youngest are Kaua’i, O’ahu, Maui, L?na’i, Moloka’i and Hawai’i Island. Kaua’i, the most green of the islands, is also known as the ‘Garden Isle’, O’ahu has the largest population of 953,207, Maui is the second largest island and is home to some of the world’s best beaches. L?na’i and Moloka’i are two of the smaller islands known for their culture and Hawaiian roots and finally Hawai’i Island is the largest of the islands and is recognised for its breathtaking volcanoes. The total population of the State of Hawai’i is estimated to be 1,362,184. The climate is tropical but it experiences many different climates, depending on altitude and weather. The main entry point to this part of the world is Honolulu International Airport.

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