Overview of Tunnels Reef

Tunnels Reef

Tunnels Reef
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
Date: 05/04/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  JT Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Lomita Reef:    4.00
State:   California Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   300 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.51
I'm an advanced diver. I dove Tunnels solo twice. Both great dives! While not absolutely necessary, I'd too advise having a guide the first time as they'll take you through the swim-thru caverns/"tunnels" and show you where the wild life is. Park on the first PUBLIC road just past the little red "tunnels" sign, if possible. Parking only on the left side and NOT in front of anyone's drive/gate! Space for only about 5 or six cars so go early. If full, park at the second public road past sign- same # of spaces and about 250 yds beach walk to entry point. OR park at public beach further down the road-approx 1/3 mi beach walk to entry. First road /parking is about 50yds yd walk-best. You'll understand if you have to walk 1/3 mile carrying 40+lbs over beach sand Like I did! Hint: walk where moist sand meets dry, its the firmest footing. Look for sand channel leading out from shore. Wade out thru channel, don fins in waist deep water & swim out. Shallow reef (great for snorkeling) drops off to 30'. Go left/west. Stay close to rocks/ledge to left look for first tunnel entry. Always be sure that you can see the light/exit point: if its all dark that's not the way. I found navigation easy without a guide but these ARE enclosed, OVERHEAD environments with NO direct access to surface if you get skittish or something goes wrong! Again be REAL about your experience and ability. Do not try this dive on your own if you do not have proper training (dive/cavern) & equipment (spare air @ minimum). But this is an easy, safe, shallow dive even for beginners with proper guidance. Went very early morning at sunrise for my second dive. Beach deserted and perfect calm clear conditions. Having dove once before I knew about parking, entry point and where to go. Just a fantastic dive at that time. White tip reef sharks sleeping in caves and on ledges. Large sea turtle resting inside tunnel three feet away. Lobsters. I was gently frog kicking, going very slow, STAYING OFF BOTTOM-careful& accurate buoyancy control a must!. A nearly perfect dive and lasting memory!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2005
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    2.00

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