Overview of Tunnels Reef

Tunnels Reef

Tunnels Reef
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Bill Baxter
Date: 07/06/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Baxter Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   San Diego Reef:    2.00
State:   CA Animal:    2.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   29 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   264 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    1.00


*Average:    2.27
Let's be clear, this isn't Caribbean diving. Limited coral and fish life, mediocre visibility, but about average for Hawaii. The tunnels are interesting, but most fish life is shallower. Vis was about 40 feet. The access road mentioned is exactly 0.5 miles beyond mile marker 8, which is just beyond the YMCA camp. Lots of "No Parking" signs all along the road, and if you park along the small dirt access road, you will have a 15 foot cliff at the end that you will have a heck of a time transferring tanks and weights over. We just parked at the beach parking lot 0.2 miles further west (across from the dry cave) and hiked in down the beach. Very limited parking is a joke on weekends. During the calm summer months, this is an easy dive, and I wouldn't consider it advanced by any means. Also, contrary to some reports, the navigation is pretty simple.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    2.00
Advanced:    1.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2003
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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