Scuba Diving with Sharks: what to do
Scuba Diving with Sharks: what to do

Scuba Diving with Sharks and Reef Life Here in Hawaii, our oceans are filled with life. The bright colors of fish and coral bring people from all over the world to scuba dive with us. One of the most desired underwater interactions is also one of the most feared: sharks, or mano in Hawaiian. Here in Hawaii we have lots of kinds: gray reef sharks, galapagos sharks, blacktip reef sharks, sandbar sharks, tiger sharks, whitetip reef sharks, even great white sharks, whale sharks and scalloped hammer...

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A Magical Moment Between Two Hawaiian Monk Seals
A Magical Moment Between Two Hawaiian Monk Seals

In this week’s segment of diving down with Mermaid Mikena, we will be talking about a recent special encounter with two Hawaiian Monk Seals. A Hawaiian Monk Seal swims overhead at Electric Beach, showing curiosity towards our divers. A Rare Moment We were floating along our dive with Hawaii Eco Divers, admiring the rays of sun shining through the ripples of waves. Then two Hawaii Monk Seals come cruising by overhead. We instantly stopped in our path to admire their beauty.  Not only di...

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My Rescue Diver Certification with Hawaii Eco-Divers
My Rescue Diver Certification with Hawaii Eco-Divers

My rescue diver certification with Hawaii Eco Divers was a challenging yet rewarding class. I perfected my self rescue skills, and learned how to save panicked, tired, cramped, injured, out of air and unconscious divers among many skills. All the while surrounded by the beauty of the ocean in Hawaii. Now, I'm prepared for any emergency a diver might face, including CPR, first aid and how to save someone choking. I highly recommend taking the PADI rescue diver course with Hawaii Eco Divers.  ...

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Encounters with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
Encounters with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

In our new segment, we'll be going beneath the surface with Mermaid Mikena to bring you awareness about the various marine life found in the oceans off Hawaii. Today's topic: Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is the most common seen turtle in the waters of Hawaii A Smiling Face to Descend Down to I can’t help but smile every time I see a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Floating gracefully through the ocean, letting the current gently sway them back and forth. It’s no wo...

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Diving to the Depths of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck
Diving to the Depths of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck

At 123ft sits the Sea Tiger Shipwreck off the coast of Honolulu, providing a sanctuary for marine life and playground for divers We made our way to the Kewalo Basin Harbor in Honolulu to board the Kahala Kai with Hawaii Eco Divers. After a short boat ride, we tied up the boat to the mooring and prepared for our dive at the Sea Tiger Shipwreck. Exploring all the features of the Sea Tiger Shipwreck. Let’s Gear Up! The sun was shining and the excitement was building. We turned on our tanks...

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Assisting in PADI Rescue Diver Training
Assisting in PADI Rescue Diver Training

As part of Divemaster Training, I assisted on a PADI Rescue Diver Course with Hawaii Eco Divers Assisting in the PADI Rescue Diver training allowed me to get a different perspective of taking courses. It gave me the opportunity to provide my knowledge and training to the new trainees. One of the goals of rescue training is to help divers become confident and safe rescue divers.  PADI Rescue Divers in training take the trail down to Shark's Cove to complete their final day of training. T...

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My Journey to become a PADI Divemaster in Hawaii
My Journey to become a PADI Divemaster in Hawaii

Recap of my first day as a Divemaster Intern for Hawaii Eco Divers on Oahu After getting scuba certified almost two years ago, I knew I wanted to continue growing as a diver. My goal is to work towards my divemaster certification in order to work in diving. Becoming a diver allowed me to become an ambassador for the ocean. My passion for ocean conservation drove me to become certified in the first place, and now I want to grow as a diver as much as I can so I can create a positive impact on th...

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Diving Tips in Hawaii
Top 5 Eco-Friendly Diving Tips in Hawaii

Eco-friendly diving and ocean conservation are two things we take to heart at Hawaii Eco Divers. When people think of Hawaii they think of sparkling blue coastlines, warm white sands and surfers playing in crystal clear waves. Each year, nearly 10 million people flock to Hawaii’s world class beaches for a little taste of paradise. That’s 10 million people sipping Mai Tais, learning to surf, fishing, snorkelling and diving. That’s a lot of people! With this much heavy traffic it’s import...

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How to improve your underwater navigation for scuba diving
How to improve your underwater navigation for scuba diving

While working on my Advanced Open Water Diver certificate with Hawaii Eco Divers, I’ve had the chance to develop and expand upon many of the skills learned in my basic Open Water class. Learning these skills is exciting and rewarding with a classroom as beautiful as Shark’s Cove. This particular dive site is full of diverse underwater topography, with lava tubes and intricate reef systems. With such a seemingly complex dive site, I’ve always found it fascinating how divemasters navigate so...

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4 Life Lessons Learned from Scuba Diving

Four Life Lessons I Learned from Scuba Diving Learning how to scuba dive in Oahu has been an absolute dream. I never could have predicted the friends I would make and the breathtaking experiences I would have. More than anything, my recent scuba diving adventures have taught me about myself and this crazy world we live in. Following are four life lessons that I have learned from my time underwater. 1. Work Smarter, Not Harder This has always been one of my very favorite expressions. When pe...

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