A friend and I are planning a December trip to Hawaii. One of the main thing we want to do is to scuba dive. We are both beginners. We would like to know which island provides the best diving for beginners who want to see wonderful underwater life without having to fend off hoards of tourists. We don't mind being surrounded by some vacationers, but we're not looking to be surrounded by lots of families with young children. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
Ideally, we would like to rent a cottage or vacation suite for a week or so during the holiday season. If anyone has any suggestions for that (in addition to good scuba locations), we would be grateful.