Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
10/10/2012 4.17 Place of Refuge The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
This was our first dive when we arrived in Jan 2010. We read about it here and had high expectations...which were met. Do this dive. It can be popular - busy, but limited scuba - lots of snorkelers which are on top anyway. Access is to the right of the national park - confusing so do yourself a favor avoid the gate - turn around and tuck yourself down the tight residential road and look to park on the side - respect locals property. It is also called two step for the 'two rock steps' in on the far centre point of entry. Be careful dumping your gear on the top of the rocks - it may get washed off due to surge. This actual two step entry is somewhat dangerous - all in or you will be smashed into the rocks. Step in push out - period. Stick you face in the water and we saw life everywhere - amazing for such a busy residential area. 10 sec later - a moray greeted us, then a ray...lots of fish life too. I did not find the cinderblocks ALOHA to be that unfriendly - they are a refuge as well and a picture opp for sure. It is shallow approx 10 meters for about 50-60m out, then it drops off at 45deg….went down to about 80 feet but the corals thinned right out fast, plus it was more sandy as well.
10/10/2012 3.03 Baby Beach Reef Aruba, ABC Islands
Located in the south of Aruba - next to Jads diving. Huge parking lot so no issues there. Gorgeous beach - very limited reef systems in bay - gets better as you get outside protection. Some fish but no big schools - 10 min swim out to get past bay reef system - somewhat deserted until that point. Very shallow - less than two meters up to 80m out. Be sure to check the dive shop on premise - Jads has great staff and a marine biologist from California that 'hangs' around.
10/10/2012 3.52 Puako Church The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
Nice private residential location across the street from a neighborhood church. Unmarked dirt road - blocked - so park across the street. Entry is OK but rocky with constant surges so there is an opportunity to slip. This continues well out 20-30m in some spots before you get good depth. This is turtle mecca - more here than anywhere on the island. Surgeon fish as well - huge schools dominate the reef. Cleaner wrasse, moray and scorpionfish. Oh, and turtles - many juvenile.