Diving In California and Hawaii
The Pacific Ocean is the largest Ocean on the planet and at 59 million square miles covers over 30 percent of the Earths surface.The west coast of the USA runs over 2600 miles along the Pacific Ocean.
The west coast has literally hundreds of dive sites all along its length, from the cold kelp forests of Northern California and Oregon to the warmer waters off San Diego to the south.
Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, La Jolla is one of San Diego most scenic places. This beach is very common due to its variety of water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. You can get the chance of diving alongside octopi, leopard sharks and lobsters thanks to the conservation of the site. You can also have some fun diving among the superb protected kelp forest which is the signature of this marine reserve. Off the coast of Mission Beach, San Diego, there are series of sunken shipwrecks in a location known as “Wreck Alley”, they are easy to get to being only a few miles offshore. The development of an artificial reef by the wrecks has given rise to large masses of marine invertebrate and fish life making these diving site one of the best destinations for divers and snorkelers.Some of the fascinating see life to see here are enormous white anemones, wolf eels, moray eels, colonizing strawberry anemones, numerous blacksmith, and baitfish, ling cod, as well as many others
Just twenty miles southwest of San Diego lies the Islas Coronado, this dive site contains one of the dynamic sea-lion rookeries in the area. Here divers mostly spend their time in less than 40 feet under the waters just watching the playfulness of the amusing mammals that are native to this place. You can get the chance of spotting friendly harbor seals that are common in this area. The dives sites here are not deep; they are protected and provide the clearest warmest water in the area
Veterans pack is one of the dive sites in Los Angeles. Many learner divers come here to attend diving classes. This site is also famous for night dives and easy packing and entrance to the shore. From the shore, drops a sandy slope that turns into a deep underwater valley. Marine lives that you are likely to encounter are the octopus, nudibranchs, shrimp, manta rays, and crabs.
Santa Catalina Island, California- There are a lot of things to see while diving in Catalina Island. There are sheep-head, Garibaldi, Pacific octopus, leopard sharks and angel sharks. You can have the chance of an encounter with the popular flying fish. Most scuba divers tour the wrecks and the Avalon reefs due to the sparkling waters.
Off the coast of the picturesque Monterey Bay is diving that attracts divers from all corners of the world. The main attraction is the kelp forest and underwater canyons. The visibility here is good thanks to the crystal clear waters. At this site, you are very likely to see sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals.
Hawaii is commonly known for its exceptional sparkling, warm waters and ample marine life. It is fantasy destination for many people, especially divers and snorkelers. Diving in this state is always great despite the facts that some diving sites are seasonal. Some of the best diving sites in Hawaii include;
The Cathedrals, Lanai-This site is known to have two diving sites namely, Cathedral 1 and Cathedral 2 which have been called dual apex and lava tubes. There are great wall dives just outside the pinnacle; however, the most popular attraction is the lava tubes.
The Kailua Kona, manta ray night dive will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here huge lights are set up on the sea bed to illuminate and attract plankton, which in turn attracts schools of magnificent Manta Rays, Make sure to put this dive site on your bucket list when planning to go to Hawaii.
The Forbidden Island, Niihau & Oahu-You can only access the Forbidden Island dive site from late spring to the beginning of autumn. While diving here, you will encounter whirligig dolphins and even monk seals as well as the unusual kinds of fish and spectacular coral. Oahu offers tourists everything they need to relax. Kahuna canyon is one of the loved dive sites by many divers. This is due to its bowl-shaped depression that gives divers the impression of being in an underwater valley. The gorge is known to be a favorite spot for lobsters, crabs, and octopuses.
Maui will forever remain a favorite destination amongst the diving community. Whether you prefer diving around the shore or exploring the depths of the waters, Maui never fails to serve. Turtle-town, aka Maluaka Beach, located on the south shore of Maui, is a breathtaking experience for divers and snorkelers! This site being so shallow and close to shore allows for a calm area filled with beautiful marine life, rocks and coral reefs; but, the best part about this site is coming face to face with Hawaiian green sea turtles snacking on seaweed!
To explore further into the open waters, divers also enjoy adventuring through the volcanic cinder-cone of Molokini and the lava formations of Lanai. Known worldwide as the Cathedrals, the magnificent unique formations of lava, which was caused by molten lava being cooled in the Pacific, creates an amazing backdrop for underwater photography! Furthermore, Molokini is a crescent-shaped volcanic crater, partially submerged 46 m into the water, and has been made home to a vast array of marine life, said to be approximately 250 different species of fish!
Things to know
There are certain things that every scuba diver needs to know and practice, These include;
- Buoyancy skills are one of the most important and vital skills a diver should master
- Do not touch turtles, coral or other sea life
- Always be vigilant for your fins, you will never know what you are kicking.
- Never overdo your limits, dive within your limits
- Always take care of your diving gear.