Shore Scuba Diving on Oahu, Drop in Anytime! Some of the most fun that I have as a diver was on Oahu shore diving in Hawaii. Lots of great locations to chose from on Oahu, with 3 of my favorites being Oahu’s Portlock very close to Hawaii Kai on the east side, Electric Beach on the west side on the Waianae coast, and Magic Island in Waikiki on the south side of Oahu. Just down the street from the famous Hanauma Bay, Portlock has a great drop in from about 3 meters, what a rush to start your dive off with. When you get into the water you are against a shallow wall that has lots of great muck diving , some of the things to keep an eye out for octopus, leaf scorpions and pipe fish in the cracks.
This site can get rough depending on the wind direction and getting out is sometimes difficult. The parking can be sometimes hard to find here. Finding the street to get into the little park is hard as well you might want to bring a local with you the first time you go there. Electric beach up near Makaha is very easy to find across the street from the Waianae Electric Plant. To get to the diving follow the discharge pipe out from the beach on the left side if you are looking out at the ocean. When you get into around 10 meters of water look under the rocks for male turtles, these can get to be the size of Volkswagens. Don’t touch them unless you have an extra 5000 USD for the fines, as these are a endanger species and are vigorously protected.
This site has a large parking lot, so the car should not be a problem, also has showers which are nice for cleaning your scuba diving equipment of sand that you might pick up on the way into shore. Magic Island is fun, but a little tricky, as you need to be careful getting in. You need to transit out to the dive area following the boat channel and the boats really aren’t expecting to see divers here, so be careful of where you come up, and dive with a dive flag overhead. The reef here has a lot of different type of eels, and all the usual fish that you see in Hawaii. This can be a great night dive watching the eel’s free swimming at night, not very deep, so is OK for new divers. Lots of parking and showers and restrooms are available at this location.
Fred Tittle has lived and worked in holiday vacation resorts his entire life, from Lake Geneva’s Playboy Club, as a rock jock for KSPN FM in Aspen Colorado, he became a PADI Pro Scuba Diver in Hawaii, diving on Maui, Kauai, Kona on the big island, and Waikiki on Oahu. He now owns EcoSea Dive in Sihanoukville Cambodia where he teaches SSI and PADI scuba diving courses and runs liveaboards in the gulf of Thailand and Asia adventure tours, http://www.ecosea.com
Fred’s new project http://www.CheapCharliesHotels.com where he reviews cheap hotels , budget guesthouses, discount accommodations and cheap international flights, but is really an excuse to vacation more, China is up next.