We recently took some time off and took an amazing trip to Barbados. The water there is fantastic and the locals were very friendly! Of course anywhere we go we are going to asses the scuba diving conditions and we are happy to report back that they are simply amazing. Scuba diving in Barbados is like slipping into a dream, there is so much wildlife underwater and there are ship wrecks to explore.
The divemaster even let us spear ourselves a couple Lionfish as they are currently overpopulated and destroying the reef. Check out this cool Scuba diving in Barbados video to get an idea of what this amazing adventure is like:
As you can see, there is some great diving conditions to be had in between stuffing your face with fresh seafood and dancing the night away. we hope you enjoyed this little peek into our latest scuba diving vacation around the globe!
July 23, 2015
by big kahuna Comments Off on 6 tips to take your dive to the next level
Ever have one of those dives where everything went wrong?
Broken fins straps, bad visibility, ear equalization problems?
While scuba diving can be one of life’s most exciting experiences, we are bound to have a less than optimal dive from every now and then.
You might be wondering if there are things you can do to help make every dive great. While we can’t say all of these will work for everyone, here’s a list of tips to help.
Scuba Tip 1:
Frame your dive in a positive way. This could be a photographer tip or another way to say, “Be happy!” Nobody likes a negative Nancy dive buddy. Don’t worry, be happy!
Dive Tip 2:
Have a good sense of humor. Not sure how to tell your buddy his dive mask is full of snot? Try humor. Compliment her on her ability to catch jellyfish with his face. keep it light, keep it fun!
Scuba Tip 3:
Focus on celebrating the little things. Since you can’t see a whale shark on every dive, concentrate on the beauty of everyday life on the reef. Find delight in the pattern of local coral or adventure in locating the eye of a tiny nudibranch.
Diving Tip 4:
Challenge yourself. Set a personal goal to become a Rescue Diver or to learn how to identify fish. Getting outside of your comfort zone will give you a sense of accomplishment. Think outside the box for an awesome scuba diving career! Be sure to be extra safe and check out these Dive Computer Reviews !
Dive Tip 5:
Be proud of the underwater environment. Prepare to pick up debris on your dive and know that removing plastic and garbage from the ocean stops animals from mistaking it for food. Make sure you use well maintainted Scuba diving Equipment
Log and share your experiences. Studies show that experiences are more intense when shared with others. Share your dive stories on social media and record scuba memories in your logbook. Inspire others to go Scuba diving!
Whatever the cause, bad dives happen from time to time, so make the best of them! Keep these tips in mind if you need help making a good dive great. If you are getting into snorkeling be sure to check out this awesome full face snorkel mask:
Using a full face snorkel mask can be a great way for newer divers to get comfortable submerging their entire head in the ocean and still get to enjoy the view! This is great for those who are new to diving and snorkeling.
July 21, 2015
by big kahuna Comments Off on An exciting shark adventure tour!
The shark is nature’s most efficient predator aside from humans. Sharks have existed for over 400 million years, even before dinosaurs ruled the earth. The sharks featured on this hawaii boat tour include the Tiger and Sandbar sharks. Our customers have also occasionally seen Hammerheads. Seeing sharks is always awesome while scuba diving, especially if you have the right scuba diving equipment. We recently bought a bunch of new Scuba equipment SALE online and are super happy. We brought along the best scuba mask we could find in order to see these beauties clearly!
In Hawaiian legend, each island has its own shark god. The king shark god of Oahu is Kamohoali’i. His lair is an underwater cove off of Pearl Harbor. (We will not be visiting Kamohoali’i). He is the top shark god and oldest brother of the fire goddess Pele. Kamohoali’i is also known as Moho, the provider of the canoe which brought Pele to Hawai’i from Tahiti.
The ancient Hawaiians hunted sharks for their meat, teeth and skin. Heiaus, or temples, were built in honor of the shark gods and are very cool to visit. Every island has its own shark god, many Hawaiian families had personal shark guardian spirits, a fact we found super interesting that our guide told us.
Watching a shark rise from the depths is an unforgettable experience, a intense adventure you will always cherish for the rest of your life.
We will travelled offshore approximately three to four miles. At the dive site the shark cage was placed into the beautiful crystal clear blue water. The visibility is so good (often 120 ft or more) that you can actually see the sharks swim up from the deep. Our cage can hold up to 8 people so it is easy for large families to experience their shark dive together. No chumming is necessary as the sharks are attracted to the sound of our motors, which they interpret as a crabbing vessel and a potential food source. People are encouraged to bring underwater cameras, as they will be able to get some of the best photos of sharks possible anywhere in hawaii. Underwater Cameras and video options were also be available on the boat for purchase along with other custom scuba gear.
July 20, 2015
by big kahuna Comments Off on Welcome to Big Kahuna Diver!!
Welcome to Big Kahuna diver , your source for the best scuba diving spots all over the world. We are a couple who loves to travel and see all the excitement that can be found in our wonderful oceans! We are now retired and living full time in hawaii!
so Aloha and welcome to bigkahunadiver.com your complete guide to diving in Hawaii, including dive sites, dive shops and everything else you want to know about scuba diving in Hawaii. We try to Post reviews of all the awesome dive sites and you can book diving directly with the local diving companies or click through to their website.
The Hawaiian island chain is made up of 140 islands, although we generally only think of the seven main islands, Ni’ihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawaii. Hawaii is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and located over 2500 miles from the nearest continent. This has created a unique underwater environment that scuba divers can enjoy on a year round basis, in fact over 25% of marine is endemic to Hawaii.
The four most visited islands are Maui,Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii, they each have their own unique flavor and dive sites . Lanai, Molokai and Ni’ihau are dived less often and offer some very unique dives and aquatic life, although generally recommended for intermediate to advanced divers. If you are interested in diving off Kahoolawe you will need to charter a dive boat for yourself to take you out to the dive sites.
When you are not sun bathing in your shorts on the beach or diving beneath the waves there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, why not try skydiving, a luau, go to the world’s most active volcano or kick back and relax on a sundown dinner cruise. Visit our activity page for some suggestions of activities to keep you busy when you are not diving and to arrange a lei greeting for when you arrive into the islands. Also in our activity page you will find a selection of hotels and info whether you are looking for a Waikiki Hotel or to stay at the Hobbit House on the Big Island. We hope you enjoy your time scuba diving on our wonderful island and hope we help you find some great dive sites!