Explore Hawaii

General Information


Hawaii is the southernmost state in the United States. In the center of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the most isolated yet populous places on Earth. Hawaii is one of the smallest states in the U.S. The 6,425 square miles of land consists of 8 large islands and 124 small islands, reefs and shoals. The Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions and these eruptions still continue today on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii generally has a tropical climate. Because of the effect of the mountains on wind patterns, most of the islands have significant rainfall. The surrounding ocean keeps temperatures from becoming extremely warm. The highest temperature recorded for the Hawaiian Islands was 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 1931.

 



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The obvious beauty of the Hawaiian Islands disguises the fact that many indigenous plants and animals are already extinct or endangered. Mostly because of habitat destruction and the introduction of plant and animal species from outside Hawaii. It is clear that human impact has profoundly impacted the life that evolved in complete isolation here for millions of years. Hawaii, as a result of this impact has become known as one of the endangered species capitals of the world. In fact, over 50% of all the endangered species within the US, come from the tiny landmass of the Hawaiian Islands.

What makes Hawaii Special? As a former Southern California resident I was one of the many who believed Hawaii to be over rated and over developed. Although there is some truth to the latter, the former could not be further from the truth. To start, the Hawaiian Islands are comprised of eight main islands and are the most isolated island chain on the planet. Right in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. The eight main islands are Oahu, Kauai, Niihau, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii (which is not the main island. Oahu is) The isolation provides some of the purest breathing air on earth. If you come from any populated area (So Cal), you learn immediately the wonder of clean fresh air. One of the many valuable resources of Hawaii is the phenomenal weather. There is little temperature variability from summer to winter (about 9° F at the coastal areas) Temperatures are usually in the 80’s F with moderate humidity. You will understand very quickly why so many people dread leaving our truly magnificent weather. Many people never leave. I know, I’m one of them. Aside from the weather the terrestrial environment is simply unmatched. The world class beaches here offer black and white and pink and green sand beaches. What else? The tallest sea cliffs in the world (2000 feet plus!), the wettest spot on the planet, the tallest mountain in the world (top to bottom), the worlds most active volcano, we even have a mini "Grand Canyon". You could spend a lifetime exploring all the nuances of Hawaii’s natural splendors and still not see it all. Common activities include hiking, sunbathing, sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, helicopter and plane tours, and of course whale watching, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Diving & Snorkeling

We based our shop on the North Shore of Oahu. Known to surfers around the world as the "Surfing Capital of the World", it is less known but equally spectacular for its diving and snorkeling. The same monster waves that pound these shores through much of the winter have chiseled incredible and dramatic formations out of the lava underwater. Steep drop offs, lava tubes, and caverns are among the many features found in abundance here. Water temperature varies little and is around 78-80° F. The water is usually an indescribable iridescent blue with visibility from 40 to 100 feet and beyond. Marine life includes endemic species (life found only in Hawaii) at a very high rate of 20-30%. There simply is no diving like Hawaii anywhere else. To say that the diving is better elsewhere is like comparing apples to oranges. The only way to truly appreciate the magic of Hawaii’s marine environment is to study the many books on the subject, or to have the company of an expert guide. In all honesty, many dive operations will simply give you a tank and basic briefing and off you go. To myself, and our staff that is a great shame. There is much you will never see if your tour is conducted this way. We provide detailed briefings with site maps so you will get the most for your dive.

 

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