Go under the sea for an otherworldy experience in Hawaii

You've most likely come to Honolulu to indulge in the bright blue Pacific Ocean. So instead of staying above on boats, surfboards, and flotation devices, dive below to a whole new aquatic world. With a seemingly endless array of boat tour, scuba and snorkeling options in Honolulu, decisions can be overwhelming. But fear not, 10 Best has compiled that absolute best snorkel and dive outfitters to guide you in the deep blue and we're presenting it right here for you.

Move past the terrestrial attractions and go under the sea and swim with dolphins with unique outfitter like Sail Hawaii, located on the sunny and warm Waianae Coast. If exploring the more busy waters of Waikiki on a luxurious catamaran with Outrigger Catamaran and go snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish in the waters near Diamond Head.

For real adrenaline addicts you can dive with sharks. Yup, you heard right, sharks! Out on the North Shore two outfitters offer cage shark dives off the coast of the north side. They head at least three miles out to sea from the Haleiwa Boat Harbor and will let you hop in a cage with sharks right there and take photos. North Sore Shark Adventures and Hawaii Shark Encountersj will give you a story for every get together when you're back home.

So get out the bathing suit and the water camera, and don't forget the sunblock, because 10 Best's top ten scuba diving and snorkeling adventures is getting you out and under the sea!

Sail Hawaii, based out of the Waianae Boat Harbor on the hot and sunny west side, offers several unique ocean tours included a snorkeling cruise. Their introductory morning wildlife cruise runs from 7:30 to 11 a.m. for $110 and takes cruisers...  Read More

Board a former championship record breaking catamaran with the Welakahao Catamaran in Waikiki. You'll explore the blue Hawaiian waters and reefs of the Turtle Canyons on the 2 � hour snorkeling adventure. They'll take you to the waters...  Read More

Dive Oahu

It's all about scuba with Dive Oahu, a long standing dive company that caters to residents who love to dive as well as visitors looking for dive charters. You can obtain all the dive gear you need from this company for experienced individual...  Read More

The folks at Island Divers Activities will take you snorkeling and scuba diving (as well as whale watching, jet skiing, and para sailing) daily. They have two daily snorkeling trips with the ride out leaving at 9 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m.,...  Read More

Hawaii Shark Encounters
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With Hawaii Shark Encounters, you'll venture over three miles out to sea where you'll have the opportunity to watch from the boat or hop into a floating cage where you can view sharks just inches away through a poly glass window. No diving or...  Read More

Breeze Hawaii Diving Adventures

Snuba, scuba, or snorkel with Breeze Hawaii around the islands. For scuba dives they take folks on guided shore dives in gorgeous Hanauma Bay where the fish population is the busiest on the island. They'll take experienced divers as well as new...  Read More

What could be more exciting than swimming with sharks? Still thinking of an answer? There's probably not anything better. With North Shore Shark Adventures, the original Oahu shark tour company, you have a choice of two tours beginning at 7 a.m....  Read More

SeaBreeze Water Sports is an all around water sport company providing everything from scuba diving and para sailing to flying high in the air with a jet pack on your back. Yup, you heard me right. Here's your opportunity to do some of the...  Read More

Snorkel Hanauma Bay
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Created from a collapsed volcano crater, this bay is protected and calm, ideal for snorkeling, as you'll see from the crowds around you. The snorkeling is truly amazing, since the preserve protects the wildlife and creates a favorite place for...  Read More

Oahu Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Adventure

Experience the remote and breathtaking beauty of an Oahu kayak adventure along the scenic windward coast of Kualoa, one of the most historically significant places on Oahu. This Oahu kayaking, hiking and snorkeling excursion combines the scenic...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade