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What You'll Get
Even though water covers most of the earth's surface, humans spend most of their lives on land and a small portion in the air while they're sleeping. Float on with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $99 for a two-hour snorkeling eco-tour for two with snacks (a $198 value)
- $189 for a two-hour snorkeling eco-tour for four with snacks (a $396 value)
- $399 for a two-hour private snorkeling eco-tour for eight with snacks (a $1,032 value)
Each educational eco-tour begins with a brief orientation on the area's history and the ecosystem that snorkelers will swim through. The rest of the tour is spent snorkeling over coral reefs 8–18 feet deep that are home to such marine life as sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional Hawaiian monk seal. Tour guides identify all encountered species and demonstrate proper etiquette for interacting with wildlife while swimming along coral reefs.
Though all equipment is provided, the guides recommend patrons bring cameras, sunscreen, and rash guard. Public tours include 8–12 people, and private tours require a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 participants. Tours meet at the shop before being transported to the shore by provided transportation, and are scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. by reservation. Participants enjoy snacks and drinks at the end of the tour.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation policy required or fee up to the price of the Groupon may apply. Must be 10 or older. Must sign waiver. Must be able to swim; must be in good physical condition. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Pearl Harbor Divers
Somehow, every scuba-diving trip is distinct, even visits to well-traveled locations. Pearl Harbor Divers' team, for example, had visited the wreck of the USS Scrimmage, a World War II minesweeper, many times before. But one evening, while slipping through the water above the site, the crew heard a puff of air burst from the ocean, drowning out the motor. A humpback whale then crested just 15 feet from the boat. When the captain cut the engines, the crew realized they were surrounded by whales, which continued to break through the surface and catch breaths tinged with ocean spray in the moonlight.
In the shop, which is certified by the National Association of Underwater Instructors, guides work toward such unique experiences on scuba diving and snorkeling trips. They lead clients—including handicapped divers—to sunken ships, airplanes, lava caverns, and coral reefs throughout the Hawaiian Islands. On these dives, groups encounter common creatures such as sea turtles and native fish, as well as rare marine animals such as shy Pacific bottlenose dolphins, manta rays, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The instructors pride themselves on their ability to teach and engage by imparting the facts and historical significance of wrecks. They can also name and discuss each species that divers spot, at least the ones documented by science. On the nighttime Dive the Abyss adventure, divers are tethered within 40 feet of the boat and watch bioluminescent creatures, many of which are still not cataloged by zoologists, arise from depths of up to 2,000 feet.
In addition to dives, instructors conduct courses that work towards open-water or instructor certification. Chatter about past adventures drifts from a full-service pro shop, where technicians sell, service, and repair equipment from brands such as Atomic, Aeris, Oceanic, Mares and Zeagle.