Manta Ray Dive

Manta Ray Dive
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Steve Porter
Date: 02/04/2008


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Steve Porter Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Pearl City Reef:    3.00
State:   Hawaii Animal:    3.00
Country:   Usa-hooya Plant:    3.00
Diving:   24 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.30
The "NEW" location of the Manta dive is 7 miles north of the Kona Airport at Kekaka Kai state park. You're going to need a rugged vehicle to get out there (JEEP). The road isn't clearly marked, so look for the road on the left that has about 20ft of pavement turning to a dirt road over lava rock. There are no facilities whatsoever, and going down the lava rock to the water is a bit tricky. Bottom conditions are fairly good, and if you want to be the only shore diver, this is it. If you go at night for the mantas, expect crowds but not in the parking area. You can dive here year round, too. Since it's snorkeled, I gave it a good score as well. I've seen it free dove during the day, and people spearing say it's good, because of its tough location.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2008
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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