Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
02/03/2013 2.93 Point Panic Oahu, Hawaiian Islands
Dove this dive several times, including a night dive. This can be a great dive for anyone, just check the conditions, as on a calm day it is an easy entry with a good 35+ft viz, but a rough day can make entry awful and viz down to about 5 ft. A calm is good for beginners to get their feet wet with, and yet an intermediate diver would be able to take advantage of seeing the whole of horseshoe reef (it's a decent surface swim out). During the day an advanced diver might be bored, but it's a super easy self guided night dive that you can feel safe doing with just you and one dive buddy due to easy navigation. Details below. Park on the east side of Kaka'aka Park and head over to the stairs that lead down to the secluded area just outside the boat channel. The park has no lifeguards but does have bathrooms and showers. I also feel safe leaving my car there without worries unlike other parks. It's shallow (like waist high) upon entry, and the rocks are slippery so take your time if the water is rough. If it's calm a quick push off and away you go. Once you get out of the secluded stairs area it will drop to 10-15. You could drop down here and follow the edge of the boat channel (dropping into the wall of the channel at like 25ft) if you wanted to. But I advise you to save your air. Surface swim out to the second channel buoy. It's a decent length swim, maybe 150 yards, and if there's surf can be a pain, but too much wreath to waste going under yet. When you near the buoy, drop down to the first reef. Plenty of colorful fish, although small since this is also a popular area for spearing. From the first reef head directly out to sea. When you reach the third buoy you will see the second the reef (on a good day, there will be multiple small dinghy's there diving). Water is deeper here, 40-50 ft, fish are bigger and more abundant. You can explore this area, or at this point if you head a direct 90 degree turn either right or left, you can continue to follow a line of similar reefs in either direction that will go on long after your tank runs out. BONUS TIP FOR NIGHT DIVERS: When you reach the second reef, bank a 90 degree turn (you should be heading at approx 300 degrees) you can follow the reef several hundred yards until you reach a large can't be missed underwater pipe. Turn right at the pipe and follow it all the way into shore. It will take you directly to the secluded area protecting the stairs at Kaka'aka Beach Park. This is the 'horseshoe' dive. You can enter and exit at opposite sides of the park and thanks to the wall of the boat channel, the reefs, and the pipe it is virtually impossible to get lost even for the most inexperienced night diver (though I say it is for advanced just because it is a long enough swim that unless you are just trying to make it and not stop to lookie-loo a beginner diver will likely not have enough air for the whole route). Animal life is more active at night when there is virtually no boat traffic. Look for turtles and eels after dark.