Byron Kay - Owner of Kona Honu Divers in Kona, HI | Kona Honu Divers
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Byron Kay

Owner of Kona Honu Divers & Kona Freedivers
FII Freediving Instructor
Kona Underwater Club Founder
Content Creator (@konafreediver on instagram)



Current Role

Byron oversees Kona Honu Divers, Kona Freedivers, and Splashers Ocean Adventures sometimes having the privilege to get outside and teach/coach Freediving for Kona Freedivers. Byron's love of the water keeps him going through the stresses of running a business. Aside from his time spent with the administrative side of the business Byron likes to create content for the business' social media and youtube channels. Check out his personal Youtube channel here


Byron grew up with a great passion for the underwater world. Learning to SCUBA dive in southern California, he spent time diving and freediving the coast and the Channel Islands. In school Byron studied Marine Biology, received his scientific diving certification, and lived on Catalina Island at the Wrigley Institute for Marine Science. After graduating, he became a PADI instructor teaching courses, running the shop, and leading trips to the channel islands. Deciding to jump back into science Byron joined a Marine Biology consulting outfit in California doing underwater surveys, plankton tows, and counting fish at the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Plant. 

After moving to Kona, Byron took an interest in competitive freediving and joined a local group that deep dives every Sunday at Honaunau Bay.  There he met his future wife and his mother-in-law, two of the nation's best competitive freedivers. Byron and his wife, Jessica, enjoy diving together and swimming with their son's ages 2 and 5.  He started Kona Freedivers - a brand of Kona Honu Divers.

Favorite dives: Blackwater night dive and deep line freediving during the day
Freediving Stats:
- CWF 60m
- Static 6:35

Favorite Dive: Blackwater
Favorite Critter: Cuttlefish

Byron has Dove in:
Southern California
Great Barrier Reef
Byron Wants to dive:
Papua New Guinea
South Africa
Sea of Cortez
Pacific Northwest
Indonesia in General
New Zealand
Fiji (again)