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Calabas Reef

Calabas Reef
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Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 07/01/2011

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    3.00
State:   HI Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   2480 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.93
The upper 20 to 30 feet of this apparently once pristine reef was largely wiped out by large surf recently. This upper region is now mostly sand with coral rubble. The easiest entry is from the Divi Flamingo dive deck, with two wooden (and somewhat slippery) stairways descending a couple of feet underwater. The dive really begins here, as I found a sharptail eel, fireworms, anemones, sleeping parrotfish (at night), and even a mantis shrimp, all under or within 10 feet of the dive deck. A little farther out, a large anchor (~6 feet across) offers many macro photographic opportunities, with many ting gobies. At around 60 feet, lies an upright small wreck that looks like it's still sliding down the reef. At night, tarpons and great barracuda dart in and out from the deep. Smallish invasive lionfish can be found between 30 to 80 feet. This is really a superb macro dive site, but there are enough sponges and larger critters that it's even good for wide angle. A lone manta ray cruised past the dive deck, just a foot or two below the surface. There is a lot of trash here (steel, rope, wood), but looking past all that, the dive site really does have a lot to offer!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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