Overview of Mana Kai Hotel

Mana Kai Hotel

Mana Kai Hotel
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 03/23/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

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


*Average:    2.62
Inner Reef: Black basalt outcropping starts on the beach and extends underwater to 13 feet. The rocks are sparsely covered with red pencil urchins, cauliflower coral and wana (black sea urchins). An assortment of small reef fish and juvenile ulua hover over the rocks. We found a really large conger eel that was very curious. Best for snorkeling due to shallow depths. Sand Flats: Sparsely scattered small reefs can be found in the sand flats from 13 feet to 19 feet. We found a really nice flounder in this area. Beyond 19 feet, there really isn't much except sand flats until you hit 40 feet. We did see eyestalks of a buried box crab, though. Second Reef: After swimming a long ways (perhaps a quarter mile), we hit 40 feet, where the second set of reefs begin. The reefs here are in the shape of oblong mounds, with heights of 10 to 15 feet above the white sand sea floor and whose bases extend to past 50 feet. The reefs are comprised entirely of hard corals, with finger corals, rice corals, and lobate corals dominating. Some smallish plate corals could be found at the base of the mounds. The reefs here are home to an assortment of smaller reef fish, with bluestripe snapper and damselfish being most common. We did find one yellowmargin moray eel.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    4.00

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