Hookena State Beach Park

The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Submitted By:
Rob Bennett

Submitter Comments:
We will be "hooka" diving using an inflatable boat on the big island of Hawaii this Thanksgiving, so shore entry is very important too us. We are sure some of the dive sites you have described will be visited. One beach not mentioned on your site is Hookena state beach park south of Kona. Having snorkeled there I wonder how it compares with the other sites you've reviewed. Thanks for a very good web site.



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06/18/2019 Grant Wiscour (Avg: 3.48 Review) -

08/15/2016 Mike Byrne (Avg: 4.57 Review) - 8/14/2016 Dove with my friend and personal trainer Jordan Forth. We entered at the old cattle pier and swam to the right and dropped down in 20 feet. We Dove around the large Pinnacle's and coral formations. We then swam out over the ledge and onto the sand flats and took some photos of the garden eel's. Upon surfacing we heard an elderly female asking for help at her legs had both cramped Jordan was able to safely swim her back to shore. Great dive and lot of tropical fish.

06/10/2016 Mike Byrne (Avg: 4.64 Review) - 6/9/2016 Dove with my wife Katie. We entered the water at the old cattle pier and swam out to about 20 feet of water. We then dropped down and headed west and swam around the large coral and rock formations. We then took a South heading and swam out to the drop off down to the sand flats at 60 feet. There is a large amount of garden eels that make for some great photos. We then took an East heading and found some large conch in the sand which also made for great photos. Lot to see and had a great dive.

09/01/2015 Martina McAndrew (Avg: 3.76 Review) - Great spot with easy entry and exit. Shallow site but lots of color and basically a nursery for really cool fish and turtles! We have been diving for awhile but new to unguided shore diving. This was a great place to practice navigation as well as shore entry. We enjoyed it more than the famous two step because of the life and colors of the coral.

07/31/2013 Henry Valz (Avg: 3.93 Review) - Not a bad site. A little different than was expected. A shallow site, compared to most Big Island reefs. The best plan is to go out to the south end of the beach, pretty close to the rocks, but not right next to the them. As you leave, head WNW. You will start to see some rocks and coral below you, at about 20 feet of water. Descend down them and take a hard right, and continue along the coral and rocks. If you get deeper than 35 feet you've missed the start of the reef. Head up shallower. You will see a ton of worms or fish that live in holes in the sand. After a while you'll get a larger reef that forms, and extends from about 20 feet to about 60 feet. A healthy reef with lots of structure and rocks. Didn't see any eels, but other reported turtles in the shallows. After working down the reef (going north) you will ascend to your safety stop. At about 15 feet there is a HUGE rock that goes from 5 to 20 feet deep, which a great spot to look for life as you do your safety stop. If there is a large swell coming from the east this site is totally exposed. But most other directions will be fine. The best part about this site is the fact that it has a WARM SHOWER! A local group provides support, signage, and other components of the site. Please support them, and keep this site very cool.

10/03/2009 David Zimmerman (Avg: 4.57 Review) - Hookena is one of my favorite dive sites on the Big Island. It is a nursery for lots of fish: From Flame Angelfish to the Pyramid Butterfly fish, it has it all! Spinners frequent the area on a regular basis also! Depending on the weather, currents and waves, it can be dangerous for new divers. Enter on the south side by the camp sites and head West till the drop off at 25 feet then make a right turn and cruise along the reef. Again, keep an eye on the current! Best in the summer.

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Special thanks to Brian Xavier!
Submitted by Brian Xavier

Special thanks to Brian Xavier!
Submitted by Brian Xavier


Diver Averages for  Hookena State Beach Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.50
Bottom Conditions:  4.33
Reef Conditions:  4.33
Animal Life:  4.33
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  4.83
Solitude 3.50
Roads:  4.67
*Site Average:  4.16

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.17
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  4.33
Advanced Scuba:  4.33
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 6


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