Overview of Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Al Mialkovsky
Date: 11/16/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Al Mialkovsky Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Butte Falls Reef:    4.00
State:   Oregon Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   41 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   4000 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.10
Here's the thing. It's changed here. The owners of the land, as mentioned in the earlier review, request a donation. I didn't drive down there, but instead parked up on the road as before. Well, I had a friendly chat with the owner but then some snorkelers (obviously vacationers) walked up and there was no such thing as a "donation". It was a fee, flat and simple. The happy Hawaiian said "5 dollars now". The young tourist said he parked up on the road and didn't have 5 bucks with him. The Happy Hawaiian said "Then you go now because someone will break into your car". Sound like a threat?? It did to me. Horror stories about this guy are getting passed around the dive shops. On one day he said the dive site was shut down and no one was allowed. When the scuba diver told him that the diving was still good, it got ugly and the diver said you don't have the right to deny me access, which is very true. He was denied, and there was nearly a fight. So the authorities are gathering evidence to pursue this character. But it's an old Hawaiian family, so don't hold your breath. A great place ruined by local stupidity; what a shame. I love it here.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    2.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2006
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    4.00

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