Oahu boat dive sites for frequent Oahu diver

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poifromthebag

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For a long time I had family on Oahu so we would visit Oahu every year or so. No one in my family does scuba, so that meant I could go do 1 dive for the week long visit. Over the years, I dove most of the main wrecks multiple times off the south shore (YO257, San Pedro, Corsair, Seatiger, LCU, airplane) and the shallower sites. I've also done Waianae sites as well (love Makaha, Mahi)

I'm visiting once again, again under the same parameters. I always go by myself with a boat charter so I'm looking for suggestions where to ask to go to.

I don't care about deep; prefer more bottom time in 30-60'.
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Will you be chartering your own boat or going on a regular charter? Different dive ops can be more or less flexible when it comes to letting a solo diver choose the sites (as you’ve probably experienced)

It seems like you’ve done a lot of the usual suspects, including many of the best sites, but here are some others to consider:

  1. “Sea Cave”, “Spitting Caves”, and “China Walls” on the outskirts of Maunalua bay (south side). As the name implies, the first site consists of a large and impressive cavern at around 50’ that extends probably 160’ back into the cliff and is usually full of interesting wildlife (including sharks and the occasional monk seal) - this is one of my favorite dives on Oahu and only requires AOW. China Walls and Spitting Caves are right next door and are often done as drift dives. You don’t say when you will be visiting, but these sites are challenging to schedule during the summer (due to the south swell) - you’ll have to pick a calm day for a dive op to contemplate sea cave. Around the same area, you can dive the outer parts of Hanauma bay.
  2. “Navy Tug” (i.e. YTB-774). This is a large navy tug boat sitting up right in 60’ of water - some minor swim throughs but a very impressive wreck to swim around, especially along the bow. It’s an hour boat ride from Kewalo’s Harbor so is usually a special charter, but it’s shallow enough that you can get some long bottom times.
  3. There are also some nice easy shore dives, especially in the summer, that you could do! Most of these are of nice beaches so maybe you could convince the family to join you on the beach! Checkout “Sharks Cove”, and “Makaha Caverns” in the summer and “Cockroach Cove” in the winter (or whenever the south swell is super flat).
  4. Several dive ops have also started/resumed their pelagic night dives - one off the west side, and another out of Kewalo’s with a dusk dive on the Seatiger beforehand.
Let me know if you’ve done all of these, and if so, I can think up some more obscure recommendations!
 
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poifromthebag

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Thanks for the info!
I'd be joining a regular charter, visiting in July. Since I'm by myself, this is the least resistance way to dive non-solo (so I don't die) and minimize time away from family (which is both spousal debt and missing out on family moments)

Navy Tug sounds great.. and I'm sure I haven't been out there if it takes an hour from Kewalo Harbor.

Spitting Caves and China Walls sound great... I've never done a true drift dive before; so I'd be up for it if it's not a strong currant.

Shark's Cove sounds great. I did Makaha Caverns a few times and LOVE it there.

Ooo night dives... I'll have to ask about that.
 

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Glad I could help! Let me know if you need any more info or pointers for dive ops that may be able to take you out to the various sites.

If you want a buddy, send me a DM and I may be able to join you on one of these charters!
 
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