Extension of the Hawaiʻi Diving and Snorkeling Survey

May 03, 2019

Great news! We have extended the Hawaiʻi Diving and Snorkeling Survey through June 2019.

Underwater sculpture of a man sitting at a desk. Photo © Jason deCaires Taylor.

Underwater sculpture of a man sitting at a desk. Photo © Jason deCaires Taylor.

Great news! We have extended the Hawaiʻi Diving and Snorkeling Survey through June 2019.

More than 650 people have already completed a brief online survey on their experiences diving, snorkeling, free diving, or spearfishing on Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs. That number includes both residents and visitors to the state of Hawaiʻi. The results of this survey will help NOAA Fisheries better understand how diving and snorkeling activities on Hawaiian coral reefs contribute to Hawaiʻi's economy.

Here’s a sneak peek at our results as of May 3rd!

 
 
This bar chart shows the frequency of methods that that were used to respond to the survey, by Hawaii resident or visitor: less than 25 respondents took a postcard, around 90 respondents were mailed a postcard, and close to 300 responded to a survey link from a website, email, or social media.

Number of visitors and residents who responded to the survey question “How did you receive your invitation to complete this survey?” with (a) took a postcard from a local business, (b) received a postcard in the mail, or (c) clicked a link on social media/website

Early numbers suggest that people experience coral reefs on all islands across the state of Hawaiʻi. Most visitors that have responded took their recent snorkeling or diving trip in waters off Maui, while the majority of resident respondents took their trips from Oʻahu.

This stacked proportional bar chart shows the responses to the survey question: "On which island did you most recently go snorkeling or diving?", by Hawaii resident and visitor.  The majority of Hawai'i resident respondents were from Oahu, followed by Hawai'i Island and Maui.  The majority of Hawai'i visitors were in Maui, followed by Oahu, then Hawai'i  island.

Percent of residents and visitors who responded to the survey question “On which island did you most recently go snorkeling or diving?” with Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, or Oʻahu.

While visitors experience Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs largely through boat tours, most Hawaiʻi residents simply put on their gear and head out from the shore.

 
This stacked proportional bar chart shows the responses to the survey question: "From where did you take your last snorkeling or diving trip?", by Hawaii resident and visitor. Almost 75 percent of residents took their trip from shore, while close to 60 p

Percent of visitors and residents who responded to the survey question “From where did you take your last snorkeling or diving trip?” with (a) charter boat, (b) private or rented boat, or (c) shore.

Visitors who responded to the survey mostly go scuba diving to enjoy Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs, while resident respondents’ main activity is snorkeling.   

This stacked proportional bar chart shows the responses to the survey question: "Which activity did you spend most of the time doing?", by Hawaii resident and visitor.  Almost 50 percent of residents enjoyed the reefs by snorkeling, while close to 75 percent of visitors went scuba diving.

Percent of visitors and residents who responded to the survey question “Which activity did you spend most of the time doing?” with (a) free diving, (b) scuba diving, or (c) snorkeling.

Since we have extended the survey until June 2019, you can still participate! If you have taken a new trip since filling out the survey, please take the survey again. You can also help spread the word by sharing the survey, www.HIdives.com, on your favorite social media site.