Oahu Dive Sites

I am starting to put together a listing of the best boat and shore dive sites on the island of Oahu, many of which I have dove already, others I hope to be diving soon.

As I complete maps of the dive sites I will list them below so that you can download and print them out. Click on the map image for a larger .PDF version to view and print. These are not professional maps and users are strongly encouraged to be aware that conditions regularly change in the ocean – in other words, do not bet your life on these maps. User discretion is advised and scuba divers using these maps for navigation accept 100% responsibility for their own safety.

South Shore Dive Sites

KokoCratersDiveMapKoko Craters is most likely place to see turtles on a diving trip to Oahu. And it’s only about a 10-15 minute boat trip from the Koko Marina in Hawaii-Kai’s upscale neighborhoods.

The view from the boat ride is extremely rewarding. Views of Oahu’s south side is very cool. The turtles are always sleeping here, or swimming around looking for a place to sleep. Normally they are under the ledge sleeping. I have never dove here and not seen turtles. There are lots of small fish swimming in the area, and look in the holes for eels. (normally always there also) Nice easy dive with great visibility.

  • Fantasea Reef  – (Boat Dive)

Fantasea Reef is a virtually untouched reef with a maximum depth of about 45 feet and amazing visibility.  At this reef you will see a wide selection of both corals and fish.  Also common at this reef are Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, octopus, eels, and the occasional white tipped reef shark. Visibility here is often 100 feet or more.

  • Pinnacles – (Boat Dive)

Max depth is about 90 feet.  Lava formations and overhangs abound at this site.  Lots of fish, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, eels, and the occasional white tip reef shark.  Occasionally we also see rays here. Visibility here is often 100 feet or more.

  • Corsair – (Boat Dive)

This 105 foot deep dive is not recommended for the beginner due to the depth and the often strong currents at this dive site.  Try to limit your bottom time to a maximum of 18 minutes.  The World War II training plane was sunk in 1942 when it ran out of fuel on a training mission.  The wreck has become an artificial reef and is frequented by manta rays, frogfish, sting rays, garden eels, moray eels, tuna, and an abundance of fish.  There is generally a current on this dive so hold onto the mooring line while ascending and descending to conserve your air. Visibility here is often 100 feet or more. The fuselage has started to break in half just behind the cockpit from the South swells that we had earlier this year, and the horizontal stabilizer on left side of the tail is now touching the sand.

  • YO-257 & San Pedro – (Boat Dive)
  • LCU – (Boat Dive)
  • Sea Tiger – (Boat Dive)
  • Kahala Barge – (Boat Dive)
  • Baby Barge – (Boat Dive)

North Shore Dive Sites

  • Sharks Cove – (Shore Dive)
  • Firehouse – (Shore Dive)
  • Three Tables – (Shore Dive)

West Shore Dive Sites

  • Electric Beach – (Shore Dive)
  • Mahi Wreck – (Boat Dive)
  • Makaha Caverns – (Boat or Shore Dive)
  • Land of Oz – (Boat Dive)
  • LCU – (Boat Dive)

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