Turtle Canyon

Turtle Canyon reef is one of the most popular dive sites on the island of Oahu due to the sheer number of sea turtles here. This reef is a turtle cleaning station and is fairly shallow, making it also a great snorkel site.

It’s all about the turtles here: green and hawksbill sea turtles come here to get cleaned by small wrasses at designated “cleaning stations.“

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Body of Water

Body of Water

  • Artificial
Visibility

Visibility

  • 17 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Cleaning Station

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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