Overview of Kukio Bay

Kukio Bay

Kukio Bay
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 John Stewart
Date: 05/13/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  John Stewart Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Wilton Reef:    5.00
State:   CT Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   16 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   240 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.83
Dove there on 5/9/04. Entrance is unmarked road directly opposite Kukio Nui Road around mile marker 87. Road goes thru 8 to 10 foot high stone wall to a unmarked guard house 150 feet in. The guards go out of their way in helpfulness. They give you one of the limited 30 guess passes and lead you to this public beach area that is within this private community. The best dive access is at the end of the parking lot crossing the lava rocks to the bay as pictured. The best entrance is as described, however it is not for a novice. Although there is a small effective breakwater formed from rocks, entry from shore to this rock structure and around it to the open water needs to be timed in between the wave action. Once in the water, I pulled myself by rock-holds on my belly out the rocks to time my dash to open water. You need good timing, a strong kick and confidence. There is another more moderate entrance at the opposite side but it involves a 150 yd walk with your equipment over the lava. Great healthy coral, depths of 15 to 45 ft. Saw a Snowflake moray and many reef fishes. No big fish. Going straight out then turning left and back along the shore we found two swim thru lava tubes and many channels. One tube was 15 yards long. Straight out and to the right had many overhangs and channels. I'd vote for left. This is an ideal dive site for a scuba diver and a non-diver buddy or even kids. At the end of the parking lot some 100 yards down an winding path is a great protected sand beach cove that only gets 3 to 4 feet deep with no waves. While you cannot get to the open water from there. I'd love to take my small children to swim there. The beach also offers Men's and Ladies room, 2 showers and a water fountain.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2004
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    2.00

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