Overview of Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach

Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach

Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Barry W. Stieglitz
Date: 09/02/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Barry W. Stieglitz Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    3.00
State:   Hawai'i Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   13 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   147 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.18
August 15, 2009. Looks like the jury is still out on Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach AKA Turtle Street site. Is the best shore dive on O'ahu? Not by my vote, but it is a great place to see honu, and lots of them! We were a little bummed that we *only* saw 9 on our second dive here. We didn't see many below 35', and so if you're only interested in those skip the bottom of the trench with its silt and muck. And while in the trench spend as much time looking up for honu overhead as you do looking down and at the wall, or you'll miss a lot. The honu cleaning stations were amazing. Also saw several bristleworms and nudibranchs. We expected poor viz and got it. I was surprised by the diversity of fish on the swim out to the trench, and I'd come back just to snorkel the first couple hundred feet. Haven't tried a night dive here...yet! ScubaFella43 has the best entry/exit identified in his reviews.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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