Overview of Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 10/06/2001


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Honolulul Reef:    4.00
State:   Hawaii Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    2.00
Diving:   24 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2756 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    2.91
This site is often dove from boats, but a few locals dive it from the Black Sand Beach on the north side of Red Hill. One of the strongest currents I've encountered off Maui can often be found here. Best diving is to the south. I swim out on the surface for 300 yards to where the reef drops to 15 feet or so. Manta rays often feed here in the daytime. In the winter time, you're likely to see humpback whales (at least from the shore) and hear them underwater! If you swim far enough south (past the first 4 or 5 ridges, you'll find a shallow cave that is sometimes home to a white tip reef shark, turtles, and squirrelfish. Don't dive here if the waves are more than a couple of feet.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2001
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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