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EXPLORING THE DEPTHS OF HAWAII

When we reached the island of Oahu in Hawaii we knew there was one thing we simply had to do – scuba dive. We hadn’t dived in almost over a year and we were itching to jump back in and explore more of our vast oceans.

While waiting out the front of our accommodation we were greeted with a welcoming wave from Dave at Living Ocean Scuba. We jumped in his van and as we headed down to the dock Dave popped on a quick PADI intro video that gave a quick brief about what to expect. Once we arrived and forms were signed we met up with our two fellow divers, a lovely father and son from California (both first time divers). We watched as our boat was filled up with tanks, flippers and goggles – ready for the days events.

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Scuba Tanks

The boat was ready and we were called onto the boat by a blonde haired, blue eyed scuba instructor named Nate and the boats sea dog Buddy. He told us we were heading out to Horse Shoe Reef (dive sites are decided on the day and depend on the days weather conditions). We set sail, and as we were doing the introductory dive, Nate briefed us on the key things we needed to know to dive – readying the team for our Hawaiian dive experience.

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Before we knew it our tanks were on, goggles strapped and we were heading flipper first into the water. Nate took us down a few metres first as he showed us what we needed to do if we were to get water in our goggles or lose our breathing apparatus and a few minutes later were back at the top waiting for our fellow divers to complete the same task. As they were both first time divers, it took them a while to get the hang of it all, but Nate patiently showed them a number of times how to perform the important tasks and eventually they got there and we were ready to dive deeper.

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As we slowly sunk to the bottom of the ocean floor, we began to be surrounded by all types of different fish, many native to the islands of Hawaii.

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Buddy greeting us as we rose from the depths

After diving for around 30 minutes we ascended to grab a bite to eat, but surely enough before we knew it were back down for a second dive that lasted 45 minutes. This time we swam further out and saw white tip sharks, star fish, tonnes of tropical fish and the largest sea turtles we had ever seen!

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White Tip Sharks hiding from the scary humans

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We truly can’t say enough about our dive instructor Nate. He handled the different experience levels in our group effortlessly and truly impressed us with his breadth of knowledge about diving, the creatures that live in the Hawaiian waters and making the day fun and relaxed.

Our divers of choice were Living Ocean Scuba, based in Oahu. They cater for both certified and uncertified divers, so if you have no experience what so ever they will have you covered.

Tour Price: $130 per person for a non-certified diver

If you want to see some footage from our experience, we have been daily vlogging our time travelling around the globe. 

Where was your first diving experience?

Stephen and Jess signoff

Many thanks to Living Ocean Oahu for hosting us during our dive. As always, all opinions are our own.

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  • Alli Smith

    Love the underwater pictures! I’ve only snorkeled, but my grandson (10) took his first diving lesson last summer.

    • Up until we first went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef we were content with just snorkelling, but once you Scuba it is really hard to go back to just taking quick breaths and attempting to get as far as possible before having to go back up for air.

  • It looks like you guys had an incredible time! My dad’s an avid diver/marine biologist, so I have spent my fair share of time looking at underwater photos- I have to say it just never gets old! Your photos are absolutely beautiful and I’ve enjoyed them so much, thank you for sharing. Look forward to seeing where you guys end up next 🙂

    • We certainly did have a great time 🙂 Jess any myself just wanted to get back up to the surface as quickly as possible so we could discuss how big the turtle was that we saw, truly spectacular!

  • You had great underwater shots. Scuba is something I have yet to do. It’s nice to appreciate the under water by diving.

    • Thanks 🙂 glad to hear you liked the shots, if you ever have the opportunity we highly recommend you Scuba dive!

  • These are some amazing photos I have never scuba dived before and I am absolutely terrified of the idea but thanks for sharing in the mean time i will enjoy it via you guys.

    • It’s really an amazing experience to go Scuba diving. Once you do it – you can’t go back to snorkelling.

  • Oh wow – how was it in Jamaica? It’s addicting right? It’s only been a few days since we did it and I could easily book another tour.

  • Hopefully you will get to see them sometime 🙂

  • Camilla

    Omg, I am so jealous of y’all! Definitely on my bucket list!! (:

    • Let us know if you ever accomplish diving one day Camilla 😀

  • Fiona Naughton

    What an amazing experience to have. I’d love to do this too whenever I do get to Hawaii, it’s my dream to visit there one day.

    • Well if you ever do end up going to Hawaii you know what you HAVE to do 😀

  • This looks like an amazing adventure. Going to Hawaii is in my bucket list! Great pics!

    • Thanks Amy 🙂 Scuba diving is such an amazing thing to do … especially in Hawaii!!

  • I dream of going to Hawai’i. I will get there one day, I just know it! It looks absolutely amazing.

  • Nina Say

    I have always wanted to go diving. It scares me but I can’t wait to try it one day, it looks like so much fun.

    • You have to try it Nina! If you find the perfect guide your nerves will go away 🙂

  • Jennifer Juro

    I have never been scuba diving! We went snorkeling in Maui this year and I loved it. Looks like a
    great trip.

    • How was Maui? We would love to go there sometime.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ahhhh Hawaii is such a great place! I’ve been many times & need to visit again very soon 😉

    • We are still here and getting sad that we leave in just under a week 🙁 such a beautiful place and so much to see.

  • Sounds like Oahu is a great place for a dive! Having a good instructor is definitely reassuring, thanks for the recommendations! – Joseph @ Green Global Travel

    • It’s great having a good instructor when it is your first time scuba diving especially when doing a strange and unknown activity.

  • Beth

    So jealous!! I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii AND diving. Hoping I’ll finally make it out that way soon now that I’m back in the US.

    • It’s such a great experience, give us a shout if you do we would love to hear about it 🙂

  • That’s a can’t miss experience for sure. It would be unreal to see all those wondrous creatures around you!

    • It certainly was – we were so shocked to see the sea turtle arise from the ground!

  • Wow! that’s a whole different world under the sea. You have captured lovely shots 🙂 and brave too..

  • I loved seeing all these pictures! Thank you for sharing them with me. I think that it would be fun to do this at least once, but it also sounds quite terrifying all at once.

  • Chrissy Mazzocchi

    I have always wanted to go diving and swiming with the gorgeous fish, it’s on my bucket list. Amazing photos!

  • That looks like so much fun. I like the ‘idea’ of scuba diving but I am not sure I would enjoy it as much. Pretty cool experience.

  • Carly Anderson

    This looks so fun! I would love to try scuba diving sometime!

    • It’s so much fun! we try to do it everywhere we go. Give it a try some day 🙂

  • rosemary palmer

    Hawaii is on my bucket list but I’m not a water person. I can’t even swim. I’m more of an sightseeing person.

    • Hawaii was really high on our bucket list – we are so happy to check it off. We hope you can get there some day!

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  • What did you get up to?

    • We only went to Waikiki and Maui and only had a couple of days in each!

  • Johnmike

    It looks like amazing under water experience for you and best captures ever i have
    seen so far.

    • Oh wow – thank you so much for your kind words!

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  • Oh wow, what an awesome scuba trip!! I love snorkeling but haven’t gotten my diving certification yet…it’s on my list for the year! PS I love your blog!

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