wakashigeunderwater.com: About Me

Portrait or Personal Image - Mike  M Wakashige

about me:

  • Certified Diver in 1995

  • Certified in Advanced Open Water in 1995

  • Certified Rescue Diver in 1996

  • Certified Divemaster in 1996

  • Certified (OWSI) Scuba Instructor in 1997

Have been a scuba instructor since 1997. I have logged over 11000 dives, certified over 5000 openwater divers, and over 400 advanced open water divers.

I offer the following courses:

  • Private tours: Bring a go pro, or pics available.

  • Intro Dives: Brief lesson, to discover maui underwater scuba

  • Openwater certification : 2 or 3 day course for lifelong scuba certification.

  • Advanced Openwater certification : 2 days 5 dives

  • Rescue diver: 1 or 2 day course.

  • Divemaster course: 2 week internship.

  • Cpr/efr: internationally recognized cpr and emergency first responder course

I also teach specialty courses which include the following:

  • Night Diver

  • Deep Diver

  • Underwater Naturalist

  • Underwater Navigator

  • Underwater Photo

All of my diving has been in HI, including Maui,Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

about my gear:

dive gear:

  • Seaquest BCD

  • Apeks regulators

  • Suunto dive computers

photography gear:

  • Canon S70 (digital) powershot with WPDC-40 housing and Sea and Sea strobe

  • Nikon D200 (digital) with Sea and Sea DX-D200 housing, and a couple of Sea and Sea YS-90 strobes

  • 12-24mm and 60mm for macro - for wide angle


Some of the best diving in Hawaii can be done in Maui - off shore near Airport beach (aka Kahekili beach). There is nice all around diving, and this is where I found the rare hawaiian sea horse. Honolua Bay is a marine life sanctuary making for a nice dive. Mala ramp in Lahaina provides for viewing of sharks, frogfish, turtles, octopus, choke marine life. Hopwever, there is nothing like seeing a couple of 1000 lb manta rays with 12 ft wingspans gliding thru the open ocean.

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