Palauea Beach (White Rock)

Hawaiian Islands


Submitted By:
Kendall Roberg

Submitter Comments:
Lesser known Palauea Beach, or White Rock in the Scuba community, is an excellent dive site. Perfect for beginners and intermediates. Closest facilities are a short drive North to Polo Beach.

 At the South End of Highway 31, bear right onto Wailea Iki. Continue to the T, turn left on Wailea Alanui. After 1 mile, turn right onto Kuakahi. Drive down to the T and turn left onto Makena Road. Continue for a little less than half a mile. Park on shore side of the road onto an unpaved small parking area. Basically, this is the South side of Haloa Point.


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01/01/2009 Bill Stohler (Avg: 3.33 Review) - Two of the undeveloped beach lots are public; the remainder are private property (the beach, generally up to the vegetation line, is considered public). Follow the rocky point on the right seaward. There are usually honu in the shallows at the base of the ridge; I've seen spinner dolphins, manta rays, eagle rays and even a lone bottlenose here! This is the only site where I've regularly encountered the viper moray eel; yellowmargin and whitemargin morays are much more common. This is a great dive site, with multiple possible dives out to 50 feet or so (rock piles). Look in the sand flats for occasional flying gunards. There are lots of large antler corals in the deeper waters; occasionally, large frogfish can be found here on the rocky outcrops. Just watch out when the South Swell is here; more than a few divers have been rolled in the surf, usually resulting in lost equipment!

02/15/2008 Kendall Roberg (Avg: 2.98 Review) - This site is frequently used as a training site as well as for guided shore dives. It has a very easy sandy beach entry. It is easy to navigate here as you just follow the reef out that comes off the rocky point on the right side of the beach. Apparently, some parts of the beach itself are not public property, so you may technically need to walk on the wet sand to avoid trespassing. The parking area and the trail to shore are publicly owned and that is all you need to know to dive this fun site.

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Special thanks to Bill Stohler!
Haloa Point Palauea Beach.
Submitted by Bill Stohler


Diver Averages for  Palauea Beach (White Rock)  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  3.50
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  1.50
Solitude 2.50
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.15

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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