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About scuba diving in USA

USA has great opportunities for scuba diving and a variety of sites to discover. The world-class diving sites in the US are primarily in Florida, California and Hawaii. Florida has everything for the scuba diver, from inland lakes and caves to magical reefs and wrecks. Experience the richness and splendor of the underwater life while scuba diving at Florida, California, Hawaii. The first undersea park in the US, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located in Florida, is famous for its marine life, affording excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Hawaii is a year-round destination. With underwater formations such as lava tubes and caverns created by volcanic eruptions, as well as plane and shipwrecks, the dive sites of Hawaii are quite unusual. 

 

Most popular dive sites

Some of the dive sites in Hawaii that must be seen are Molokini Crater, Black Rock, Honolua Bay; in Seattle divers will be admired with such dive sites like Redondo Beach, Edmonds Underwater Park, Alki Cove 1-3; and lots od great dive sites can be found around Florida,

 

When to go to USA

There are three particularly popular diving destinations in the USA, which have different climates and diving seasons. Diving season in Florida is year-round, but late summer is hurricane season, so a tropical cyclone is possible. Water temperature averages 66-78F/19-26C. In winter, one can dive with manatees, and from May to September, with an abundance of turtles. Water temperature in California is around 50F/10C in winter and 75F/24C in summer. Diving with gray whales is possible from January to April, with great white sharks in Autumn. Hawaii’s water temperature averages 70-75F/21-24C from November to April and 75-80F/24-27C from May to October.  It is rainy season here in winter. Whales can be observed from late November to mid-April. 

What to see

The teeming sea life here includes colorful tropical fish, starfish, spiny lobsters, turtles, sharks, whales and manatees. California has eight large islands, abundant sea life, beautiful coral reefs and kelp forests. Here you can see many types of reef fish, sharks, octopus, sea lions, seals, rays, mammals, great white sharks and whales. The marine life on Hawaii is absolutely incredible, and includes moray eels, manta rays, butterflyfish and angelfish, eagle rays, octopus, lobsters, green turtles, pelagic fish, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, monk seals, mahi-mahi and even tiger sharks.

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