Aqua Zone

AquaZone Scuba Diving Center, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, might never have come into existence if a friend hadn’t encouraged owner Devon Merrifield to try scuba in a pool 25 years ago.

 

  


“I was 19 years old and a friend took me in a pool,” explains Devon. After moving to Oahu and diving in the crystal clear waters, the idea for AquaZone came into being. His low-key initiation into diving gave him the idea to offer free scuba lessons.

Sometimes the claustrophobic feeling of diving proves too much for first-timers. Devon had the idea to give free scuba lessons in the safety of a private pool and then let the customers decide if they wanted to try a shallow water dive in the open ocean. It is this kind of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that sets AquaZone apart.

“We typically boat over to a spot between Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay (aka the “fish bowl”) where along with an abundance of tropical fish, we see monk seals, turtles and whales,” Devon says.

There are cave walls, coral reefs, and for the history buff, a submerged WWII American fighter plane that has become a “man-made” reef.

One particularly exciting option that Devon offers is a shark cage adventure. This is open to anyone who can put a mask and snorkel on- no diving certification is necessary.

 


“People are really excited and frightened to go in,” he says, “but they come out saying it was an incredible experience.”

Devon offers an 8 a.m. dive for the more adventurous and experienced divers, who go on deeper dives. Following the 9 a.m. free pool lesson, the AquaZone team takes out the introductory shallow water dive at 11 a.m. Free refreshments are offered, and each dive group is accompanied by experienced guides who have been diving for many years

AquaZone Scuba Diving Center has two convenient locations along Kalakaua Avenue fronting Waikiki Beach- at the Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach and at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. In addition to the scuba experience, AquaZone offers 24-hour snorkel and boogie board rentals for your ocean enjoyment. Call AquaZone at 923-DIVE (3483) from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. to make your reservations today.

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