Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
09/25/2003 3.25 Mile Marker 4 The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
This is great site, especially if staying in Kona. The parking, entry, and surface swim is a breeze. The dive is definitely a shallower one, with max depth of about 35 feet. The lava tube/s we found were great with a couple turtles feasting in the back of them. There is great coral growth with lots of fish and easy navigation. I would really recommend doing this dive once during the day then again at night. I think the coral formations and the easy access would make for a great night dive.
09/25/2003 4.42 Kealakekua Bay (Old Wharf) The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
My ratings are so high because I am actually referring to the shore dive from the Captain Cook Monument. This is a little more tricky because you have to haul your gear from the wharf but it is well worth it! You can rent a 2-person kayak from Kona Boys (808-328-1234) that can haul all scuba gear with no problem. On the dive we saw a Moray bigger than I have ever seen in my life (at least 6"-7" diameter at the head) plus a stingray, great fish, and some old artifacts. There was basically no current and you can do it as a deep or shallow dive. We had a max depth of about 100' and had a great time. By the way, I would recommend an entry time after 1pm to allow some of the snorkelers and boat traffic to clear out, however it can be done in the morning too for a great am dive. Logistics: Do a giant stride entry from the monument pier (careful, its shallow) and surface swim out about 20 feet (yes, only 20'). Drop down and you'll be right on top of the wall. Pick your depth and proceed toward the cove (following the wall). If you're lucky you'll also hear the dolphins. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.