Fire House

Fire House
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Jeff Dowdy
Date: 09/19/2008


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jeff Dowdy Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Oahu Reef:    3.00
State:   HI Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    1.00
Diving:   1 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    2.82
One of my favorites on the island. From the entry, which is similar to the neighboring Shark's Cove with some shallow rocks to navigate within a small cove to protect you from small surf, head out to the edge of the lava formation on the right then head to 265 degs about 200ft over smaller rocks and sand until you come across a wall, follow it to a large lava tube which is actually part of Three Tables. You can use Three Tables as an alternate entry and exit to reach the other way, but it takes longer to get to the cave. You can then follow the point around to another swim through which sometimes houses some turtles. I have seen small schools of various fish, sometimes eagle rays, and some eels, but the caves are the most interesting thing on this site also named Cathedrals by local divers. Visibility is good in the summer and there is little or no current from May to September. Winter diving here is not recommended aside from freakish calm days, some waves approach 20+ feet in the winter. Visibility is generally 30ft or better. The max depth is about 45 feet, you could go deeper but it's pretty much nothing much to see there. Also this site is generally less used by dive operations and tourists because of a longer walk from Shark's Cove parking and three tables. Facilities are generally located 300 feet away in neighboring Shark's Cove or there is a bathroom only a shorter distance on the other side of the firehouse-- follow the traditional drum music in the community center on the weekends.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2008
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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