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Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

1. Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

Dive into the pristine waters of Maui and explore an underwater paradise on this submarine tour. Enjoy views of stunning coral reefs, a replica shipwreck, and a whole world of colorful marine life from the comfort of an air-conditioned submarine. Begin your tour with a boat ride from the shores of Maui. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Maui as you make your way towards the submarine that will take you underwater. After boarding the submarine, get your camera ready to take Instagram-worthy pictures of the picturesque coral reef below the sea. Pass through the colorful reefs and spot the many fish and underwater creatures swimming by. As you sail, learn about the creatures you see from the onboard commentary from a local naturalist. Continue to a replica of a whaling shipwreck and marvel at the many fish, sharks, and other creatures who have made it their home. Return to shore, having experienced the underwater paradise that exists just off Maui's shores.

From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

2. From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

Take the ride of a lifetime beneath the waves in this adventure aboard a comfortable submarine. Explore a 25-acre magical world of marine life and colorful coral reefs. Get up close and personal with some of Hawaii's most exotic inhabitants. Descend more than 100 feet and see the sights from a fish-eye view. Board the famous submarine via a special ladder and get ready for a journey to the center of Hawaiian sea life. Marvel at the flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Enjoy free public parking in downtown Kona or at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel for a discounted rate for 4 hours. The excursion is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, weather permitting. Actual underwater time is 45 minutes.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

3. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Explore an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise from Maui to Lanai. Jump into the cool and clear waters to snorkel and swim with vibrant marine life and look up to towering cliffs above you. Enjoy a continental breakfast and deli sandwich lunch while you sail under the warm Hawaiian sun. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, who are known to frequent the area. Listen to music and your captain share his knowledge about this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Arrive on the Lanai coast and explore the underwater world accompanied by a crew member throughout. Take advantage of the waterslide for extra fun. Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs reaching up to 300 feet. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

4. Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

Venture into the depths at Magic Island Lagoon in Honolulu with this scuba diving trip that is designed for those with no scuba diving experience. Follow your guide through waters teeming with life on this group tour. Get a quick scuba diving briefing from your professional scuba diving instructor. Start a tutorial on how to use the equipment in shallow water. Once you are comfortable, explore the dive site gradually. Watch as your guide points out different sea life. Take home your memories with the videos that your instructor takes of your adventure. Have all these videos downloaded directly to your phone so you can instantly share these moments.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

5. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

6. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

Maui: Waterfalls Tour with Kayaking, Snorkeling and Hiking

7. Maui: Waterfalls Tour with Kayaking, Snorkeling and Hiking

Start your day in the Makena Landing Beach Park on the south side of Maui. Grab a kayak and paddle over the waves beneath the warm Hawaii sun.  Dive in and take the plunge as you snorkel in crystal clear waters. Be sure to be on the lookout for Hawaii's famous Green Sea Turtles grazing at the bottom or floating at the surface. Head for the lush rainforest and cross through the scenic green landscape. Once you arrived at the waterfalls you can jump off the cliffs and then relax in the pools below.

Lahaina: Discover Scuba Diving Class

8. Lahaina: Discover Scuba Diving Class

Learn the basics of diving under the supervision of a PADI professional instructor. Before your dive, enjoy access to the PADI eLearning platform to study the skills you'll need during your dive. Then, set out to spot Maui's tropical fish, turtles, and colorful reefs on a dive with your instructor. When you book your Discovery Dive, you'll be assigned an eLearning login that gives you access to reading and video materials that need to be completed before you arrive at the dive shop. On the day of your dive, your instructor will go over the eLearning materials and brief you about the basic skills you will need in the water. Then, head to the dive site and practice skills with your instructor. Once you feel confident, enjoy a dive with your instructor and have fun exploring Maui’s pristine coral reefs.

Maui: Snorkeling and Dolphin Sightseeing to Lana'i Island

9. Maui: Snorkeling and Dolphin Sightseeing to Lana'i Island

Take a ride on the Ocean Wave to the island of Lana'i by comfotable and spacious speedboat. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for Dolphin and Whale sightings, before visiting several snorkeling spots to explore the underwater world of corals and tropical fish. Afterward, enjoy lunch onboard. Meet your guide at the Lahaina Harbor and embark on a sightseeing tour of above and below the ocean's surface. As you ride the 'Au'Au Channel toward Lana'i, feel the Hawaiian breeze and try to spot a Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin. Once you reach the island, discover its miles of sea cliffs and inaccessible coastlines, littered with sea caves, ancient Hawaiian burial sites, and King Kamehameha The Great's favorite fishing grounds. Depending on the wind, swell, and sea conditions, make several stops for snorkeling, giving you the opportunity to take a completely unique and personalized trip. Whether you are a first time snorkeler or a seasoned pro, feel comfortable with all the necessary gear and support needed from the crew. As you plunge into the Pacific waters, discover the lush underwater world, full of Turtles, Tropical Reef Fish, and a variety of corals. After the last snorkeling location, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat, take a freshwater shower, and sit and relax on cushioned and comfortable seats as you ride back to Lahaina.

Oahu: Wreck & Reef Scuba Dive for Certified Divers

10. Oahu: Wreck & Reef Scuba Dive for Certified Divers

Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with a sun deck and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. As a certified diver, get ready for a day of underwater adventuring through one of Hawaii's deepest recreational diving wrecks on the south shore of Oahu.   You choose to visit the Sea Tiger dive site or the YO-257 and San Pedro wreck sites. The Sea Tiger dive site is a former trading vessel which rests in 123 feet of water while the superstructure and deck are at depths of 60-90 feet, both offering you incredible sights. Begin your exploration of this beautiful wreck keeping your eyes peeled for resident whitetip reef sharks, 6-foot sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, and massive schools of fish. The YO-257 and San Pedro are 2 other recreational wreck sites where you will explore 2 ships laid side by side with about 50 yards between them. The YO-257 rests in 115 feet of water while the superstructure and deck are at depths of 70-90 feet. As the San Pedro wreck is a bit shallower it can experience strong currents and is only dove when conditions are ideal. After your wreck dive adventure, enjoy a relaxing surface interval with refreshments and snacks on board.  Soak up your surroundings as you prepare for your next dive, a beautiful guided tour of 1 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites. Cap off the day in pristine waters filled with fascinating underwater ecosystems.  Enjoy the opportunity to see sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and more.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

I was really scared of the sensation of breathing underwater with the scuba gear. My instructed stuck with me and encouraged me that I could do it. After 15 minutes I was swimming with sea turtles and sharks. Could be more happy with the experience.

Good experience for my children who had never done scuba diving. The instructors were very kind and professional. Very good for someone who has never done it and wants to know if they want to spend time and money on it.

Well this is the only actual submarine trip we ever had compare to our Florida trip . It's a Submaine you are getting inside not too deep but it's still submarine for sure . We loved it.

Out of all of the adventures we did on our honeymoon I the most nervous about this one. But honestly it was one of the best experience we had in Maui Hawaii.

Wonderful tour, amazing tour guide (Brandon) I absolutely loved the submarine tour would definitely recommend