Overview of Halona Blow Hole

Halona Blow Hole

Halona Blow Hole
Oahu
Hawaiian Islands

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Site Review by
 Seth Bareiss
Date: 08/08/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Seth Bareiss Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Phuket Reef:    2.00
State:   Phuket Animal:    4.00
Country:   Thailand Plant:    1.00
Diving:   18 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.58
Monstrous currents can develop from near-zero starting conditions, in the course of a single dive. As a dive master trainee, I was purple with embarrassment for being stuck at the surface with an unfightable West-bound current and a diver who couldn't equalize her ears. I'd planned to get out at Lanai Lookout, but a HELICOPTER called in by a local fisherman got there first. To the east is Sandy Beach, the place where most cervical vertebrae fractures occur in Hawaii (off-road biking, body boarding, wakeboarding). The walk down from the parking area is intimidating if your legs are weak. Usually turtles are there, in shallows quite close to the beach. Visibility is poor near shore, due to wave action, but typical (30 to 40 feet) for Hawaii shore dives, further out. Car break-ins are common here and at nearby Lanai Lookout. It's a dive that can be moderately rewarding on a good day, and your worst nightmare on a bad day. No phones nearby, unless you're willing to walk to Sandy Beach. Not every dive in Hawaii is a winner: This one's like a dollar on top of a mountain-- a small reward for big effort and big risk, unless conditions are juuust right...or you like helicopter rides.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    2.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    1.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    1992
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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