Overview of Kamaole 3

Kamaole 3

Kamaole 3
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Chris Larkby
Date: 06/18/2018


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chris Larkby Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Hilton Head Island Reef:    3.00
State:   SC Animal:    2.00
Country:   United States Plant:    2.00
Diving:   40 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.03
Kamaole Beach Park III, June 18, 2018, 10:30 am. Very windy, 3' waves, advised by lifeguards that swimming and splashing and wake boarding would be great but snorkeling would be bad. Went anyway. A rock outcropping separates Kamaole Beach II from Kamaole Beach III. Our intention was to snorkel the north side of the outcropping on the K2 side but since the strong wind and current were pushing into the rocks, the lifeguards told us to go to K3 and snorkel it from the leeward side. The waves break around 50 feet from the dry sand beach and all the water in between was turbid and sandy. Once we got out past the crest of the big waves the visibility was no longer an issue. Lots of rocks, lots of hard coral, lots of spiny sea urchins in the crevices, not many fish at all. The star of the show was a ginormous green sea turtle who appeared out of nowhere while I was swimming back to shore through the low-viz sandy churn. Was practically nose-to-nose with him when I finally saw him. Startling at first, but I very soon recognized the magic of the moment and admired him until he disappeared again the liquid sandstorm.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2018
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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