Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
05/20/2019 3.33 Kehena The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
Kehena is a beautiful spot but absolute and firm caution need to be used. Riptides are always present. Conditions change. The surf is often rough. I have seen a lot of rescues go down and someone recently drowned. People drown at this beach frequently. I probably decide to dive about 40% of the time I arrive to dive. Please, be careful at Kehena! It has a rough current and is always worse than it looks. However, on a calm day it is an amazing place to dive. Even on calm days this is a not a spot for beginners. I usually swim at least a quarter of a mile out and I always swim SE (to the left) as the current will bring you the opposite direction. It gets deep quicker than other shorelines. Dolphins come into the bay and interact with humans on a regular basis. Whales come during whale season and get rather close. I.ve seen eels, starfish, turtles, and tons of different fish. There is a massive bait ball that has been there for about nine months about a quarter mile off of shore. It's probably half an acre wide. I saw a white tip shark that must have been eight feet long about two months ago. The fish get massive and some are as five feet long. There was a fish last week that must have been two hundred pounds. This is a great spot when the conditions are correct. Visibility varies. Some days there is little visibility, other days it is totally clear. I cannot stress enough that there is no limit to safety when it comes to Kehena.
05/20/2019 3.59 Ke'ei The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
One of my favorite spots. We always camp to get at least two days of freediving in. We have a couple of rocks we jump in from. Probably about 20-30 feet right where we jump in and then we swim out. Expansive coral, tons of different fish, sometimes we see dolphins and whales swim by...I have seen a couple of eels, heard about sharks from other friends (I am still waiting!), beautiful rock formations and caverns, and great visibility. On a calm and sunny day it's really the perfect spot. On all other days it's just a notch down from perfect. We often stop at 2 Step before setting up at Ke'ei. We are usually the only people in the water and only have to navigate around fishermen and where they are. Quiet and a respectful attitude are a must. Don't leave your trash. There are no facilities so please be prepared. I recommend entering from the rocky areas before the beach. It's very shallow with a strong surf right on the beach. Be careful and remember that you have to be able to climb out. Watch the conditions carefully.