Oahu Scuba Diving Vacation Options

Hawaii’s Oahu have numerous fascinating scuba diving places as well as possibly the most prominent dive site in Oahu is the Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay was developed by the erosion of one side of a volcano crater as well as is quite possibly protected from the trade winds and browse making it a great scuba diving as well as snorkeling website in Oahu.

Hanauma Bay’s crystal clear water and also varied reef are good intros to Hawaiian aquatic settings and also its waters are hardly ever considered to be dangerous to scuba diving divers.

After the Hanauma Bay are the sea cliffs of Koko Head where scuba diving is done practically solely from liveaboard diving watercrafts from Hawaii Kai. The deep blue shade of the water below contrasted perfectly with the mesmerizing white water cascading the dark brown uneven high cliffs.

As you complete Koko Head, you will certainly enter into contact with the gusty trade winds. Nevertheless, the wind will certainly go away when you travel into Maunalua Bay.

The waters of Maunalua Bay are a great deal calmer than the windward side of Oahu. There is even a WW2 competitor aircraft wreck for those who enjoy accident diving, a fabricated reef of numerous concrete components and even sunken barges. The bay ends at Diamond Head, the final windbreak prior to the calm waters of Waikiki. There are likewise some good scuba diving locations off Waikiki on some outer ledges as well as man-made coral reefs.

On Maunalua Bay is the Fantasy Reef. Erosion has created numerous locations for the fish to play hide-and-seek. Although live coral reefs coverage is not that high in Fantasy Coral reef, the corals are healthy and intact as well as therefore can be considered as one of the far better scuba diving spots in Oahu. Marine life is plentiful here with eels, barracudas, octopus, turtles as well as sharks are typically seen.

There are supposedly 4 barges sunk in Maunalua for the function of creating fabricated reefs as well as the largest of these is the Kahala Barge which is 165 feet in size.

Nonetheless coral reefs development here is thin, however, the wreck is choked with soldier fish making their characteristic grunting sound when disturbed by scuba diving divers. Lots of eels and also huge crabs can additionally be found right here. There are also lots of sea turtles and also white suggestion sharks making this artificial coral reef their home.

A mile off Portlock, regarding a hundred feet deep is an airplane accident. This is a fantastic wreck diving area in Oahu. The cockpit is the home of 2 upper leg sized thick yellowmargin moray eels.

Right here, scuba diving divers will see dazzling red encrusted sponges as well as bi shade anthias hareems hovering over picking off planktons. Neighboring is a colony of interesting dancing yard eels as well as huge horned safety helmet coverings. Water presence in this field is excellent. If you are in Hawaii for a spot of diving, attempt these scuba diving websites at Oahu South Coast.

Scuba Doo-ooh! Where are you?

Underwater scooter.

In life, we all have wishes we thought was impossible but could perhaps be already existent to give us great joy. Oftentimes, wishful thinking happens on the things we want to do but we just can’t which sometimes frustrates us. But, frustrations only happen when you never strive to do what you think is possible (even when it hasn’t been done yet) but somehow turned to be something very much achievable.

On the other hand, what seems to be wishful thinking long ago is indeed now a reality in this modern age of technology. What seems to be something done only by professionals previously is, after years of experience, now made possible today for the ordinary man.

First off, have your underwater wish come into reality!

 Each of us has some underwater fantasies before, not just because of the influence of Ariel from the Little Mermaid story perhaps, but more because of the experience to be one with nature. It is now made possible to awesomely walk and breathe underwater without your hair getting wet. Isn’t it even more awesome to have a scooter drive underwater? Well, of course, it is! It’s mind-blowing!!!

 

The Submarine Scooter Adventure!

Thanks to science, the idea of being submerged underwater while keeping your head dry was invented. It was derived from the preparatory lesson about the bell theory. Just as how a piece of paper is kept dry in the submerged glass (in their experiment), the underwater scooter ride keeps the rider’s head dry and able to breathe naturally. No need to worry about not getting enough air to breathe since the glass is permanently regenerated with backup air system to ensure safety.

The scooter can accommodate up to two riders together inside the scooter’s wide 360-degree panoramic glass. In this ride, you can choose whether to do it alone or with a partner. Some prefer to ride on this with a partner since apart from enjoying the moment together; you can actually share your views and opinions during the ride, moments to rekindle especially on get-togethers.

Just like riding a car or any transport engines, signals are very important especially underwater. The underwater scooter is not complicated as one may think it seems. To pilot, there is, of course, a stirring wheel, two pedals for acceleration, and a button that controls the depth whether to go up or down. It is also equipped with alarm buttons to get the attention of the crew accompanying you on the journey.

Underwater scooters

What are the limitations?

Riding a scooter underwater is a unique experience everyone wants to experience even, perhaps, at least once in a lifetime. But not everyone can actually experience this opportunity. One can enjoy the underwater scooter ride even without diving or scuba diving experience. But it is still important to have a brief orientation about the marine life protection and underwater communication.

Kids below 10 years of age must wait for the right time to experience this ride. Something to look forward to as a birthday treat, right? Height and weight matter as well before getting an underwater scooter adventure. To assure maximum security and safety, a rider must be at least 4” feet and below 6.8” feet in height and not exceeding 350 lbs. in terms of weight. The rider must be fully aware of the adrenaline rush in every adventure and thus, one should have no medical conditions that will put the rider at risk. After passing the above requirements, one can now enjoy the underwater ride with the assessing crew.

How about the costs?

Well, the costs vary per country and not all countries have it.  But what we know is that it is present in the Philippines, the Maldives, Mexico, Caribbean, Australia and many more. Most of them also use merchant services provider to also make the process easier. Generally, it is affordable, just a few bucks higher than your ordinary scuba diving tour.

Also, the crew will not be there just to show around the beautiful spectacular sights underwater, they can also accommodate you by taking pictures of you in the best angle and scenery. This way, you can totally enjoy the experience with memorable keepsake photos.

A totally awesome and tempting must-have experience this holiday season. What are you waiting for? It only takes some clicks to inquire and book for a ride! Bon Voyage!

Oh btw, here is another variant of the underwater motor-scuba diving idea…

Breakthrough in the Great Barrier Reef

If in an instant, a certified diver wins a free travel prize to explore the world, chances are that he would choose the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is not just a home to some of the world’s best ocean life but a perfect place to explore with the family who is just about to learn scuba diving or snorkeling.

Great Barrier Reef

Why is it called The Great Barrier Reef?

It is one of the natural wonders of the world and one of the best diving destinations to explore. Its 2,300 kilometers stretch of reef is very rich and diverse in corals and marine life. Exploring this reef is like having a walk in spring where the corals seem to be like different kind of flowers which blooms like there is no tomorrow. And marine life is like the birds and butterflies that are tamed to travel around with you.

The entire stretch is also composed of calm and shallow protected areas that surround the islands. This is where first-timers can confidently snorkel and enjoy the amazing sight.  Certified divers can choose the deepest outer part of the reef to discover more of what it holds. A blast of experience you surely want to have and enjoy with your loved ones.

The Great Barrier Reef also caters the best island resorts for its visitors. Wherever part of the reef islands you will stay, there will be no more than 20 minutes boat ride to get to the outstanding diving spots.

 Are there sharks in The Great Barrier Reef?

Especially for the first-timers, the number one question that may have been hovering over their minds would just that. And the answer to that question is a big YES. Sharks are biomarkers evident in a reef to consider the latter healthy and diverse. However, are sharks aggressive and voracious like those shown in the movies? NO.

Sharks are actually graceful creatures with badly damaged reputation due to Hollywood. The reef sharks, which are the most common sharks are usually harmless, relatively shy and pose no threat to its spectators. However, feeding the wildlife is highly discouraged as this causes the sharks to get provoked and thereby, becoming serious threats to the divers.

There are more wonders to explore in the great deep and until one is able to break their fear in sharks, of the unknown or whatsoever, they will not find the place as awesome and meaningful as it was made to be.

Ocean Clocks

Ocean Clocks

To the life on land, the sun is the biggest ticking clock. But in a place where sunlight is almost impenetrable such as the marine environment, it is funny how the young kids ask if the fishes really sleep or if it would it even close its eyes. These curious questions may sound funny but somehow, it is an opportunity for the adults to think twice and start digging into marine books.

Body clock or what is known to science as Circadian rhythm is now a common knowledge not just in the world of science but to the society as a whole. The time when one goes up to bed, have a meal and sleep again is a daily routine that one follows almost every day. Even to earth’s wildlife, they follow the same pattern which directs the great migration such as birds before they travel far and long across the globe. However, no matter how we try to understand the nature of this world, the more unfathomable it becomes as it reveals more of what science is still trying to understand.

The limitation of man to breathe and live underwater is what hinders us from exploring more of its deep abyss. Apart from being in deep darkness, lurking creatures that come in different sizes and shapes add more suspense to every exploration in the deep below. But just like us who have a ticking time clock, it is surprising to learn that such clock is also what the ocean life follows. This is what we know to be the Lunar Clock. While circadian rhythm is what makes the land turn each living creature moving, the Lunar Clock and tidal cycles are equally important as circadian rhythms in the ocean life.

The Circadian and Circatidal clocks are known to exist few billion years ago and been studied by humans to observe how these cycles turn each life around. But until 1980, the discovery of the first circadian clock gene cloned in a fruit fly become a huge breakthrough of science that keeps the eyes of later scientists to focus on circadian rhythm living the Circatidal and Lunar clock almost forgotten.

Experiencing a Different Kind of YOLO moment

In the midst of this fast-paced world, we use our valuable time to invest for the future, devoting ourselves to work from morning till midnight, twelve hours a day or more, and six days a week and so on. This vicious cycle is common nowadays especially to young professionals struggling to have the three Ps: possession, position, and pleasure. Because of this hectic lifestyle, the idea of “YOLO” or You Only Live Once became prevalent, which marks how one’s vacation is spent.

Yolo Moment Diving

A Different Experience Underwater

Are you looking for a YOLO moment for your vacation? A memorable adventure filled with an adrenaline rush? Perfect! An underwater adventure then is perfect for you. Diving underwater offers great experience perfect for a YOLO moment you are looking for. Well, at first the gear seems absurdly burdensome and looks more like some kind of soldier from Star Wars but through the orientation and guidance of a certified diver, you will make sense of everything.

At first, you may ask, what is the basic diving gear and how does it work? First of all, having a good mask is needed to enable you to explore underwater clearly and for you to avoid missing the breathtaking world of Poseidon because of blurry sight.

Complete Diving Gear

Flippers, on the other hand, allow you to get more thrust in swimming. Make sure to get a perfect size for your feet since it will be inconvenient for you underwater to wear uncomfortable ones.

Next is the tank. It is actually an oxygen tank but it is not pure oxygen since the pure form of this gas becomes toxic and fatal after prolonged exposure. The oxygen content of the tank ranges from twenty-two to forty percent together with nitrogen or helium or a combination of these three gases. The tank is connected to the regulator where the air is released for you to breathe the way you like it.

In diving, everything will be like a fantasy world and it will most likely lure divers to stay underwater for a little bit more. This is the reason why the diving gear includes an SPG or Submersible Pressure Gauge. This serves as your reminder about the remaining amount of air in your tank to help you estimate your journey.

It’s good to note that most people float easily especially in the sea where we are more buoyant due to salinity. This way, divers need to descend deeper and need scuba weight system or weight belts to get enough weight to sink. Well, of course, it is dangerous to wrap heavyweights around your waist and charge to dive or else you will be pulled to the bottom.

Also, lest we forget, there is still one very important device needed to set all things right. A BCD or Buoyancy Control Device is adjusted to keep you from floating to the surface or sinking drastically due to your weights. This device will help you control your buoyancy. Do not take this lightly though, a sudden release using the buoyancy control device will make you ascend to the surface faster and may damage your ears and nerves because of the pressure. Last but not least, bring with you an action camera with a blue filter to get awesome memorable pictures and videos. Your pictures will not be perfect without this filter and may ruin your souvenir moments underwater.

So, when is your next vacation? Still looking for a YOLO moment? Hesitate no more. Check the different diving sites using Google Finder. For bookings and reservations, however, use merchant services like Redfynn Technologies (what we personally recommend) for faster, safer and easier transactions. Head now to the nearest Bluewater shores and ask for a dive! After all, you only live once…

Hand Signals That Can Save Your Life

Relatively speaking, I’m no expert scuba diver yet and I would still even consider myself as a novice. If not for my passion for the underseas, I also would not have started this blog as it takes my time away from where the real action is.

That said, I am climbing my way up to be a master diver and perhaps get an ISO 24801so that I can perhaps be an instructor one day when I retire. Teaching, by the way, is another passion of mine.

So today, I will focus on teaching you the basics — communication. As you very well know, it is useless and almost impossible to make clear sounds underwater. Obviously, the regulator sufficiently grasped between our teeth presents a barrier to communicating using our mouth alone; hence, the importance of our limbs, particularly our hands.

I will enumerate the following critical hand signals when you are going deep into the blue, including our Top Five. These hand signals have variations in some locations but most of them (about 9 in 10) are universally similar.

The I’m-On-The-Surface (Safely Above Water) Signal 

Photo by Peter Southwood is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

A variation on this for some divers is to close their fist and put it over their head in the same manner as above.

The I-Need-Help (Emergency) Signal 

Dive Angelfish Hand Signal

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Perhaps the most life-saving gesture you could ever make throughout your scuba diving experience, this one is very critical. Wave your hands as wide and far as you can to draw attention to your peers whether on the surface or deep down the ocean.

The I’m-Perfectly-Fine (OK) Signal

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This one brings relief to your peers and gives everyone the assurance that all is well, especially when one of you just encountered a potentially threatening situation or creature for that matter.

The Hang-On, Don’t-Move (Stop) Signal

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When you encounter or sense something that requires you all to be alert and freeze in your underwater tracks, make use of this very helpful sign. Don’t move your fingers a bit but be firm in showing the palms forward sign.

The I’m-Having-Cramps Signal

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Although relatively less common, this signal can also save a life. There are many kinds of muscle spasms or conditions that can hit you underwater especially at that pressurized level below. But cramps is one that can potentially be deadly. So make sure to have memorize this handy sign by heart so you can flash them when you need to.

Below is a more comprehensive list provided by PADI in their website.

Photo by PADI via Twitter

That’s it for now. Remember these two words before you embark on any adventure, especially non-land-based ones: SAFETY FIRST. Stay well!

Titanic Tours: The Dive of a Lifetime

Titanic Tours in London

underwater tour of the RMS Titanic

You must have heard of the news March this year where, finally,  an underwater tour of the Titanic is now available for the most avid historians, scuba divers, Titanic buffs and ocean enthusiasts.

Much can be said about the ill-fated RMS Titanic wherein the demise of this maiden voyage back in April of 1912 resulted in countless interviews, documentaries, books, and even pop culture, making its way to the movies, TV shows, magazines and souvenir items. But seriously, seeing that doomed ship which claimed the lives of 1500 people firsthand is an experience of its own, far worth than any possible underwater or land-based tour in our opinion.

The Telegraph reports, however, that the slots offered by a London-based tour operator named Blue Marble Private are very limited albeit more slots are going to be opened by 2019. It also says that the tour will consist of eight days where the activities range from acquainting yourselves with the crew and scientists onboard, riding in a helicopter and later on transferring to an expedition support yacht, as well as actually operating the sonar and underwater navigation equipment

Naturally, the best part of that undersea expedition is the actual segment where three people will climb aboard a mini submarine-like seacraft cramped together. This will take place aboard the support ship when the weather conditions are most favorable to ensure no safety compromise.

The excitement of seeing that grand staircase as depicted in the 1997 movie Titanic is perhaps beyond compare. For sure, the seacraft will be sailing over its deck about ten to fifteen thousand feet below sea level. It is a truly awesome experience with an awesome price tag as well. To be exact, it costs about US$ 110,000 or around £90,000 per head.  And this is not without basis, the same source reveals that a price of a first-class Titanic ticket back in 1912 would have cost the exact amount of the tour’s ticket when adjusted for inflation all throughout the past hundred and so years.

How to Be a Scuba Diver

SCUBA stands for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.”

Make Sure You Want to Do It

Determine how serious your interest is. Will you dive in warm waters a few times a year at some pricey resorts, or are you interested in hardcore cold-water diving and exploring shipwrecks? It’s important to ask yourself such questions because you can enjoy diving without becoming certified. If you vacation in popular diving spots like the Caribbean, Acapulco or the Florida Keys, you will easily find offers for “resort” dives. These are usually one-day or weekend crash courses in diving that include a guided dive with a dive master. You do not get certified and cannot go unsupervised, but you are certainly allowed to enjoy the marine life in the area. Although often expensive, this type of introduction to diving is a wonderful way to decide if you want to pursue certification. You will probably even get a few underwater disposable-camera shots of yourself with colorful fish.

If you have a more vested interest in diving and want to become certified, there are physical and mental aspects of the sport that you should consider. It’s fairly obvious that this is a sport with a healthy amount of risk.

You first must determine whether you are physically able to scuba dive. Even if you know how to swim, scuba diving can be tiring, so your swimming skills should be fairly strong. If you are overweight, tire easily or have diabetes, a heart condition or any other predisposition to drowning, talk to your doctor before scuba diving.

Some people have problems getting used to breathing through their mouths instead of their noses. This problem can be easily fixed through practice with a snorkel or regulator in “safe” environments like a pool or bathtub. A harder problem to overcome is equalizing the pressure in your ears as you descend lower and lower into the water–that is, being able to “pop” your ears, like on a plane. As you go deeper in the ocean, pressure builds, and it is crucial to your physical being that you be able to pop your ears. Some people find this easier than others. Some can just swallow, yawn or hold their noses and blow gently. Others like to yawn and wiggle their jaws from side to side. Whatever the method, it sometimes takes a pretty long time to kick in. If you are having trouble equalizing, don’t go any deeper. Tell your buddy (more on him below) to hold up, and make sure you pop your ears because the alternative can be ruptured eardrums.

When you have congestion, it’s very hard to equalize. People with colds and allergies should reschedule their dives.

There are also mental considerations. You must not panic while scuba diving–not necessarily in case you get in trouble, but in case your buddy has a problem. Whenever diving, you should always have such a “buddy,” someone who you’ll stick next to, and who will watch over you while you watch over him. If your buddy has a problem, it’s your responsibility to get someone (most likely, the dive master) to help him. If you panic, your buddy might not get such help.

Diving with a friend or loved one makes you feel safer because you can pretty much count on her to watch over you. You really have to trust your buddy in what could be survival conditions, and you may both have to breathe out of the same regulator if something disastrous happens. So if you are a bit shy around people you don’t know and don’t feel comfortable being paired up with just anyone you meet on a dive boat, consider snorkeling instead. You must communicate with your buddy.

It’s true that you would rarely encounter things like sharks, barracudas, and piranhas, but how do you feel about jellyfish, slimy stingrays and thick kelp forests? If you get revolted by the thought of encountering such phenomena or even swallowing sea water, you might not be the best candidate for scuba diving. And if you are prone to seasickness, remember that scuba diving involves going on boats to get to dive sites.