Overview of Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach
Maui
Hawaiian Islands

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

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    4.00
State:   HI Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2480 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    2.00

Evaluation

*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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