Overview of Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Nydia White
Date: 07/16/2001


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Nydia White Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Bellevue Reef:    4.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    1.00
Diving:   6 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   250 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.55
Easily one of the most popular sites on the Big Island -- but justified. Easy giant-stride entry from the steps. Just follow the crowd to find the entry spot. A nice place to take a lunch and make a day of it. Take a beach chair and lots of water -- it gets really hot on the lava. It's somewhat protected from the surf conditions farther north so it's more often diveable. I have been to this site about a dozen times and it's still not boring. You can dive shallow or deep so it's good for any skill level. Use the same place for entries/exits. It might be tempting to use the boat launch, but be very careful. This is an active harbor. I try and stay well clear of the boat launch area. If you are surfacing away from shore make sure to listen carefully as you come up. Don't stay on the surface for a long time. There are many small boats that use this area and they tend to go fast. There are a few Porta Potties that are okay. No stores nearby so bring any food/drink with you.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2000
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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