Top 3 dives on the North Shore — something for everyone
As summer starts to ramp up on the North Shore, so do the scuba divers. Because of high surf during the winter, most dive sites are only accessible during the summer, making it the perfect time to load up and hop in to see the bounty of beauty Hawaii has to offer.
As you plan your scuba dives, check out our list of the top three dive sites on the North Shore. While there are many other sites available, these sites have something for everyone.
For the beginner: Shark’s Cove
Don’t panic, the name is a little misleading. Sharks don’t live here — it looks as if a shark took a bite out of the rocks.
This is one of the most popular dive sites on the North Shore. Because the site is in the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District, there is no fishing, which results in an abundance of wildlife, perfect for scuba divers and snorkelers.
If you’ve never been scuba diving before, don’t worry! There are ways to get PADI certified while in Hawaii — Surf N Sea, located on the North Shore as well, has certification courses for open water divers, advanced open water divers, rescue divers and even dive masters.
For the geologist: 3 Tables
Also known as “Kaulua Mau,” this 10 to 40 foot dive is known for its lava tubes, swim thrus and rock formations. All these hiding holes make it perfect for an abundance of sea life.
This dive is as challenging as you want to make it, and has many levels, from beginner to advanced. Parking is limited, so we suggest going with a dive company that can shuttle you there and back, and show you the best spots to swim through the lava tubes — an experience you won’t soon forget!
For the history buff and advanced diver: YO-257/ San Pedro
More than a mile off the beach rests the remains of the YO-257, a decommissioned Navy Yard Oiler, which was intentionally sunk in 1989 to serve as an artificial reef. And just 70 feet north of this ship is another: the San Pedro shipwreck. The 125 feet fishing trawler was also intentionally sunk shortly after the YO-257 to also serve as a reef.
These wrecks provide the perfect hiding spots for reef fish, sea turtles and white tip sharks. Because of the nature of the wrecks, wild life and strong currents, this site is a serious advanced level dive. Do not attempt unless properly trained, and, we recommend, with an experienced guide who knows the area.
You may be wondering — what about for the diver who just wants to see the underwater world? Any of these dives — and, actually, any of the dives offered by Surf N Sea! — will show you the underwater world in ways you never imagined. We can promise that no matter where you dive, you’ll see incredible sights that are unique to the Hawaiian ocean.
Are you ready to check out some of the best dive sites in Hawaii? For a full list of available sites, visit the Surf N Sea webpage. Get ready to pick out your next dive!