Morning Reef Dive (2-Tank) on the Kona Coast

Join Kona Honu Divers on a morning diving tour of the famous Kona reefs.

Summary: Explore two dive sites as you ride on Kona Honu Divers’ spacious 46-foot Newton Dive Special. On this Kona scuba diving charter, you can expect to see many of our endemic fish, swim through old lava formations, spot the hard-to-find octopus, see a resting white tip reef shark, or encounter many other creatures that call Kona their home.

2-Tank Local Morning Dive Highlights

  • Duration: about 5.5-hours
  • Departs at 7:45 am
  • Includes tanks, weights, and free nitrox
  • Their spacious 46ft boat has 50% more space with just 12 guests on board!
  • Expect to see many of endemic fish, swim through old lava formations, spot the hard-to-find octopus, see a resting white tip reef shark, or encounter many other creatures that call Kona their home.
  • Highly experienced guides with a 6:1 ratio of divers to guides

Click the Book Online button to find a time that works best for your group! Book early to get a time that fits with your itinerary.

They also offer a two-tank night dive for manta rays. Their manta ray night dive is what makes the Big Island famous for diving!

2-Tank Local Morning Dive Details

Kona Honu Divers invites you to spend a morning exploring two different dive sites. Kona diving is home to 40 dive sites locally. You’ll be diving along the Kona coast on their 46ft Newton Dive Special, the Honu One. Their boat is the most spacious and well-appointed dive boat in Hawaii and Kona Honu Divers offers the highest quality diving experience available in Hawaii. On this Kona scuba diving charter, you can expect to see many endemic fish, swim through old lava formations, spot the hard-to-find octopus, see a resting white tip reef shark, or encounter many other creatures that call Kona their home.

Note: Snorkelers and observers can come on this dive too! Select if you want to dive or snorkel at check out.

*If there are certain dive sites you have your heart set on they recommend private chartering the Honu Lele for the most exclusive Kona scuba diving experience available.

Why is Kona Honu Divers the Best?

  • Highly Experienced guides
  • Small dive groups – 6:1 ratio
  • Free Nitrox for those that hold the certification
  • Neutral buoyancy 80cuft tanks
  • Educational briefing of dive sites
  • A variety of snacks during your surface interval
  • Marine head
  • Hot water shower – a divers favorite!
  • 49 Passenger dive boat with only 12 divers aboard

Directions to the Honu One: Morning Dive Starting Location

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Kona Honu Divers’s departure location for this dive tour is Honokohau Marina, 10-minutes north of Kailua-Kona. Upon booking, they will email you with specific directions for parking in the marina and when to check-in for this early morning dive tour.

Morning Kona Dive Requirements and Restrictions

  • Proof of open water certification and higher
  • Been diving within the past 2 years. If you have been dry for over 2 years a successful checkout dive must be completed before joining the dive group on your next charter. See our friends at Kona Shore Divers to complete your check out dive
  • You must be in good health with NO heart conditions
  • You must be able to converse in English
  • You must dive with a computer
  • You must be a responsible and considerate diver
  • They require divers 12 – 17 years old to dive with a parent or guardian
  • They are unable to accommodate Junior Open Water divers ages 10-11 at this time


FAQs: Kona 2-Tank Morning Dive

What is included in the morning dive?

  • Snacks & water are provided during this trip
  • Tanks and weights

Traveling with your SCUBA gear can be problematic. At check-out on the Book Online button, you can select equipment to rent for your dive.

What should I bring for the dive?

It is recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, towel, and a sweatshirt or jacket. Please bring reef-safe sunscreen only. Please check your sunscreen for “benzones”, if your sunscreen contains any benzones it is harmful to our reefs. Do NOT use it if you are getting in the ocean. We use, sell, and recommend Stream2Sea.

What if people in my party aren’t certified divers?

No problem! Snorkelers and observers are welcomed on the dive tour. Select how many are coming at check-out.

Do you provide transportation? (From Hilo or Kona)

Unfortunately, not at this time.

I’m a certified diver but forgot or lost my dive card. How do I obtain a new card?

If you are a PADI certified diver you may obtain an e-card immediately from the PADI website. If you are a certified diver with SSI, SDI, or NAUI you can verify your certification by going to their respective websites and either print it out or taking a screenshot with your phone.

What is the water temperature on the Kona Coast of Hawaii?

Late summer and early fall give us the warmest water temperature of about 80 degrees, sometimes higher! Winter temps run about 76-74 degrees. We have 5 mm wetsuits in our rental, but if you are cold-blooded, bring your hood or vest!



honu one kona diving boat

About Kona Honu Divers

A bit about what to expect from the Kona Honu Divers Crew is below.

Kona Diving is the best diving in Hawaii. Our reefs are plentiful with loads of hard corals in a variety of colors. Butterflyfish, Moorish idols, eels, and schools of goatfish are common sightings. Octopus are a very common sight when scuba diving on the big island. We see them as often as every other dive often with multiple sightings per dive! Occasionally we’ll see larger critters while diving like whale sharks, mantas, turtles, white tip reef sharks and even humpback whales! Most of the best dive sights are just minutes from Honokohau Marina, where our boats are waiting, offering a great variety of Kona scuba diving in the area. All in there are over 40 sites within a 25 minute ride from the harbor. Our reef scape is often diverse with lots of swim-throughs, caves, overhangs, pinnacles, and walls. Often times we will find interesting things like nudibranchs hanging out inside arches. Our experienced and highly trained dive guides have been scuba diving Kona’s reefs a long time. Some of them more than 17 years! Additionally, we offer wonderful amenities top side. Valet diving, free nitrox, plenty to eat and drink and superior rental equipment are among a few of the things that keep divers coming back year after year. Our spacious 49 passenger boat is roomy and offers loads of room for only 12 divers. Kona scuba diving with us is a whole different level of quality.

Kona diving has it’s benefits. Clear warm water, and little current make for ideal easy diving conditions. Visibility can range between 30ft(10m) on a bad day to 100+ft(30m+) on the better days with the average usually falling around 40-80ft. Kona’s varied coastline and protection from ocean swells makes for an even better time on the surface. We have the ability to tuck away from open ocean swells using bays and points for shelter. Our dive boat the Honu One is large and comfortable with plenty of viewing platforms for watching whales and dolphins on the way to and from the dive sites. We take a spacious maximum of 12 divers while our boat is technically capable of accommodating up to 30. The Honu One has a main deck, a spacious bow and an upper deck for lounging that accommodates 8-10 comfortably. Our knowledgable dive guides will brief and debrief you on all of the critters we see when Kona scuba diving answering any questions you may have about them. We relish in getting to know our guests. Less experienced divers love Kona diving because it’s so accessible. Most of the best Kona diving ranges between 15-50ft. This means you will see tons of great stuff regardless of your scuba diving skill level. This doesn’t mean the diving in Kona is shallow. Most sites offer access to nearly unlimited depths with reef slopes unusually close to shore. This allows access to a variety of depth profiles for all divers! Truly exceptional diving is Big Island diving.

In addition to great diving, comfy boats, and experienced divemasters we strive to provide the complete Kona scuba diving experience. Valet diving means we handle your gear for you so all you have to do is show up and dive. Our experienced dive staff will set up your scuba gear and test its function. We will help you put your gear on so all you have to do is stand up, hop in, and start breathing! We will also rinse and store your gear for you so you don’t have to worry about it until it’s time to head home. You’re going to love diving with Kona Honu Divers. Kona diving like it should be! If you’d like to take advantage of our beautiful diving please give us a call so we can talk about the many packages we have available for you. There’s so much to see and do here underwater in Kona so let’s talk about what might be right for you. The ocean therapy awaits!

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