Hawaiian Diving Stories

5. Freediving Off Shore with Dolphins and Sharks in Kona, Hawaii

Kendall Roberg published on

Bryon Kay is the owner of Kona Honu Divers, a dive shop in Kona, Hawaii (also know as the Big Island). Today he describes the benefits of freediving, especially when diving with large animals like: pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, tiger sharks, & whale sharks off shore in the blue waters of Kona Hawaii. Freediving is a tool every scuba divers should add to their belt. 

Bryon started freediving after meeting his future wife at Honaunau (a popular dive site in South Kona, Hawaii). After a little bit of a rough start, Bryon learned to be an incredible freediver. Years later, he finds himself, wife, and young son in the blue water off the Kona Coast as tiger sharks and dolphins swim around them.  

Here is a link the YouTube Video of the tiger shark encounter he describes in this episode: https://youtu.be/avpqP8qGAyc 

Whenever you are on the Big Island, be sure to check out Kona Honu Divers. Our dive shop is in Kona and we take our boat out day and night scuba diving with the incredible creatures of Hawaii. If you are interested in improving your freediving skills, check out Kona Freedivers https://www.konafreedivers.com/ . Kona Freediving teaches free diving classes in Kona, Hawaii and you can get your Level 1 or Level 2 Freediving certification from them. 


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