Kona Among Best Free Diving Locations in the World

October 14, 2016, 8:36 AM HST
* Updated October 14, 3:57 PM
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Sports Diver Magazine has named Kailua-Kona as the second best location in the world to train and experience free diving.

“Kona provides an excellent free diving classroom thanks to nearshore dropoffs and a coastline riddled with protected bays,” said Kona Freedivers owner Byron Kay  to Sports Diver Magazine. “Plus, its underwater topography, sculpted by volcanoes and thriving animal population add challenges to entice any diver to stay down just a smidge longer.”

Every year, the popularity of free diving grows, making the safety of all participants equally important. For beginners and pros alike learning safety, best practices and equipment use with certified free diving instructor is incredibly important.

Kona Freedivers specializes in  recreational and professional free diver training with all levels of certifications.  Kona Freedivers is the only certified free diving school on Hawai‘i Island.

“Kona Freedivers guides students through their free diving journey… one breath at a time,” said Kay.


Kay also owns Kona Honu Divers, a SCUBA diving, manta ray watching and snorkeling activity company and equipment shop.


Kay is a certified SCUBA and free diving Instructor with a wealth of information about Hawai‘i’s ocean life. He is a founder of the Kona Underwater Club, an organization dedicated to local research, education and cleaning up the debris in the ocean and along the coastline.

“Our goal is to provide knowledge and skills needed to enjoy the underwater world safely and comfortably as a well-trained, certified free diver,” Kay said.

To learn more about free diving charters or reserve space in an upcoming class, visit

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