Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is also the most densely populated. Over 85% of Hawaiians live on Ohio, earning it the "gathering place". The island is also very popular with tourists, especially those with a passion for diving. Let's take a closer look at why Ohio is a scuba diver's paradise!
Why consider diving in Oahu?
Oahu is not considered one of the first destinations that come to mind when people think about diving, it is definitely a diving site for anyone who is enthusiastic about the sport. Hawaii is generally home to a wide range of tropical marine fish species – more than any other region apart from the Red Sea! Oahu actually has 3 separate marine life conservation areas created with the purpose of preserving and restoring local marine life. These MLCDs are Hanauma Bay, Waikki, and Pupukea. Since these areas are heavily protected, divers are not permitted to remove anything at all from the sites without their explicit permission.
Popular dive sites in Ohio
There are many popular diving sites in Ohio, which is another reason why the island is a Mecca for divers. Each site has its own advantages which means that there is diving to suit every ability.
Hanauma Bay provides depth of up to 30 feet indoors and provides excellent visibility. The outer bay is only suitable for advanced divers up to 70 feet deep. One of the main sites is the big finger coral reef.
Located on the north shore of the island, Pupukea has 3 popular diving sites. These are known as Shark cove, Firehouse, and Three Tables. The main features of this region are the edges, arches and lava tubes that contribute to dangerous waters in the winter months, so aim to visit from May to October!
Kahe Point Beach is a great place for beginners as the beach enters the site, and their depths range from 5 feet to 35 feet if you go a little further. The water here is a little warmer thanks to the offshore pipelines of the nearby power plant which also gained this spot the name Electric Beach.
Trench Dive was originally built to hide submarines! It starts from reaching the beach and deep water 2 feet, but this then drops to 10 feet and finally 90 feet. This makes for a very exciting diving experience more.
Wreck dive is also very popular in Ohio with at least 7 wreckage all over the island to explore. One of the most well known is the sea leopard wreck lying off Waikiki.