Overview of Prince Kuhio Park

Prince Kuhio Park

Prince Kuhio Park
Kauai
Hawaiian Islands

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Site Review by
 Chuck Knauf
Date: 11/09/2001

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chuck Knauf Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Tacoma Reef:    3.00
State:   WA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   117 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.31
I dove Prince Kuhio Park several times in October 2001 with my son-in-law and dive buddy Mike Laird. This was a particularly handy site for warm water tune-ups and diving as we were staying in the condos right next door (to the left in the aerial photo). Snorkelers may be more comfortable entering the water and exploring at the sandy beach (just off the left side of the aerial photo) to the west of the condos. Parking is more than adequate for the number of people that use the park. It appears that the park is used primarily for sunbathing by the people from the nearby condos. We only saw one tour bus there engaged in some kind of nature tour. There are no facilities at the beach. Entry and exit are fairly easy but caution should be used especially when the waves are up a bit. We would suggest at least a .5mm suit or skins as a precaution against the lava rocks and coral at the entry point. This is a very good dive spot for beginners. The best touring is to the right of the entrance point around to the front of the condos. Depths are not much deeper than 25 ft. Watch for surfers and body borders when surfacing especially if you do so away from the entry point. There are many Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) to observe. We also saw Puhi-oniĆo (White Mouth Moray Eels), large Nunu (Trumpet fish), Humuhumu-nukunuku-a-puaĆa (Picasso Triggerfish), and many other Hawaiian reef fish. A diver can rent tanks at Seasport Divers that is just a short drive up the road. The dive shop staff is friendly, informative and helpful. They even repaired my octopus for next to nothing! For a bit deeper diving near-by, we would suggest Koloa Landing.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2001
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    4.00
 
 


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