Palauea Beach (White Rock)

Palauea Beach (White Rock)
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 01/01/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    4.00
State:   HI Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    1.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2480 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.33
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!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2008
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    3.00

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