Dive Hawai‘i’s Wa­ters

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

Mauna Loa is the world’s largest ac­tive vol­cano and one of two vol­canic peaks that dom­i­nate the Big Is­land; in fact, Mauna Loa, which lit­er­ally means “long moun­tain” in Hawai­ian, spreads over half of the is­land! From sea level, Mauna Loa reaches 13,680 feet in height, but when mea­sured from its base at the ocean floor, this mam­moth of a moun­tain clocks in at 30,080 feet.

This great bulk of un­der­wa­ter ex­panse is to­day a scuba diver’s fan­tasy of lava flows, sub­merged caves, canyons, cliffs and col­or­ful co­ral reefs. In­deed, div­ing the ocean off the Kona/ Ko­hala Coast is a world-class ex­pe­ri­ence that stands out for its rel­a­tively young lava for­ma­tions with walls, arch­ways, lava tubes and abun­dant marine life.

Char­ter dive com­pa­nies of­fer guided tours and cour­ses in cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Some in­clude scuba spe­cialty cour­ses like pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy. Many lo­cal dive shops also of­fer more-ad­vanced cour­ses, rang­ing from res­cue and dive master to spe­cialty classes and open-water check­outs. If you’ve got the time and the in­cli­na­tion, you can work to­ward full cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, or C-card, which is good in­def­i­nitely and hon­ored world­wide.

• Big Is­land Water­sports (808) 324-1650 • Lava Ocean Ad­ven­tures (808) 966-4200 • Ocean Eco Tours (808) 324-7873

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