Oahu Diver pt.3

So… Reefs, wrecks and an abundance of moray eels and various butterflyfish and exciting boat dives. Sounds like a complete week, right? Well, no good diving trip is complete without a night dive! We went out to Kewalo Pipe for a night dive at dusk, and it was sufficiently dark when we hit the water to make it a really good experience. As per, I had a cylume glowstick on my tank (12hr Green I think), and gave some spares out to the other divers who didn’t have the LED light system to mark them. Now, I’ve done a few night dives over the years, and while Tulumben will always be my favourite over all, Kewalo Pipe and the nearby reefs came out swinging with strange nocturnal life and activity that belied the impression of the area from daylight dives. My maximum depth was 16.7m, currents were nil to barely registrable, and it was still a more than pleasant 26˚C at the bottom with a good 3m of great clarity with the lights and about 10m visibility to see other diver’s lights and markers.

So, C8 eLED light in one hand and camera in the other, we went in looking for cool stuff. We followed a general “U” sort of shape dive, going around the area of the pipe proper and the reefs scattered around it. The reef was very, very active. Pebble Collector Urchins, having shed their day camouflage and protective layer of pebbles ranged across the reef. Invertebrates and vertebrates were abundant as we crossed the reefs and pipe, and some were kind enough to stay still long enough for a picture or two.

The dive was satisfying and the pictures were great, and two dives the next day capped off my Oahu experience. Over all, I have to say that diving on the south shore of Oahu (Honolulu and Waikiki areas) is not for everyone. The reefs are low and unimpressive but hold a lot of hidden treasures if you’re willing to get a little closer to them, within the bounds of safety of course, and have a plethora of hidden reef life. The wrecks are what makes diving in the area amazing. All are well within the bounds of training for Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) or a guided Open Water Diver qualified group. Their facilities on land were a bit on the spartan side, but the boat was fantastic and their system of dives was solid. The staff at Dive Oahu were professional, efficient and proficient in dive guiding. Aside from the hiccup in scheduling mentioned in the first part of this series, I’d recommend diving with them to anyone. 18 odd dives in Oahu, and not one was boring!

About the author

Graeme is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. Graeme has an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies, where he focused on archaeology and physical geography, and an Advanced GIS certificate.