Shore Diving

Place of Refuge - Kona, Hawaii

Guided Shore Dives

Join one of our dive professionals on one or two guided shore dives along the Kona coast of Hawaii – a world-class diving destination with healthy coral reefs, underwater lava formations, and colorful reef fish.  Let us take care of the gear, get you to the site, and lead you on an underwater tour.  Prior to the dive we will give a briefing and share information about the underwater terrain as well as interesting marine life such as endemic species of Hawaii (fish and marine invertebrates only found in Hawaii).

 

2-Tank Dive

  • Cost:  $135 for nearby sites (Mile Marker 4, Kailua Pier, Honokohau). Minimum of 2.
  • Cost: $175 for sites out-of-town (Place of Refuge, Puako).  Minimum of 4.
  • Includes:  Tanks, weights, guide, and a light lunch
  • Rental Gear available: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, dive computer.

1-Tank Dive

  • Cost:  $80 (Mile Marker 4, Kailua Pier, Honokohau).  Minimum of 2.
  • Includes:  Tanks, weights, and a guide
  • Rental Gear available: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, dive computer.

Shore Diving without a dive professional

Several dive sites are accessible by shore along the Kona Coast.  Divers buddy up regularly and head to local dive sites such as Place of Refuge or Puako.  Stop by the shop for tanks, weights, and scuba equipment.  Rental gear available.  We also have free dive site maps for shore divers.  Many people also like using shorediving.com as a resource.

Some of our favorite shore diving sites:

  • Honaunau Bay or Place of Refuge (a.k.a. 2-Step)
  • La Aloa or Mile Marker 4
  • Honokohau Harbor
  • Puako

Shore Diving Tips:

  1. Do a pool refresher or a boat dive before trying your first shore dive. Its best to work out the kinks and your weighting while you have the support of professionals.
  2. Ask our staff for recommendations based on the current sea conditions. High surf can make shore entries/exits extremely dangerous. Once at the site, make your own thorough check of the conditions BEFORE suiting up.
  3. Wear booties, gloves, and full wetsuits to protect yourself from abrasions. Most of Hawaii’s shore dives are over rocky shores, not sandy beaches.
  4. During entries & exits, never turn your back on the ocean. If a wave is coming, you want to be prepared for it.
  5. Tow a dive flag to warn boat traffic. It’s the law.
  6. Take a little more weight than you would normally need on a boat dive. As your tank gets lighter, it can be difficult to stay down as you swim shallower back to shore.
  7. Have fun and be safe!
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