Overview of Makena Landing

Makena Landing

Makena Landing
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Chris Larkby
Date: 06/18/2018


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chris Larkby Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Hilton Head Island Reef:    3.00
State:   SC Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    3.00
Diving:   40 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.06
20-39'06.8'N 156-26'30.8'W 20.651899, -156.441885 is our entry point. We got in at the rocky part where the visibility was good even from shore. Good thing we had booties. The lava rocks were irregular and had I been barefoot I would have jammed my toes and maybe twisted an ankle. No colorful soft coral. All hard coral. Almost all the hard coral and rocks were covered with algae or silt and had a brownish green tint. Saw green sea turtles and shoals of yellow tang. Schools of silver fish. A couple sergeant fish. Lots of black spiny sea urchins. Lots of Slate Pencil Sea Urchin (red sea urchins that did not have sharp spines). Lots of hard coral. An occasional puffer fish. Hard corals that Matthew says look like black Pork Bun from Chinese restaurants. Might have seen some Surgeon Fish, but maybe they were parrot fish. Surgeon fish eat seaweed off rocks, as do green sea turtles, so it was probably surgeon fish. Getting out of the water, we decided to swim up to the sandy beach area. Visibility was fine in the deeper water. Due to the turbidity caused by the surf, the visibility at the beach area went to zero as we exited. It was pretty cool seeing the large green sea turtles. At one point, we saw two that were grazing side by side. That was cool. My son says he liked the snorkel but he never went to Lizard Island/Dahab/Cozumel etc. in it's prime so he doesn't have the burden of high expectations.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2018
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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