Overview of Kea'au Beach

Kea'au Beach

Kea'au Beach
Oahu
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Site Review by
 Bryce
Date: 06/04/2018

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryce Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Reef:    2.00
State:   California Animal:    3.00
Country:   Plant:    2.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   93 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.89
Mainly submitting a review because its been quite a few years since anyone has done so. This is the second year we scouted out this site to attempt a dive using the entry instructions given here. You really have to hit this area at the right time and even if you do, I'm guessing you have to either take your chances entering or exiting because I doubt both would be ideal. My dive buddy and I really wanted to try something new on this side of the island so we chose to enter from the beach approximately 1/4 mile north of this point. We parked at that end of the lot, also. Definitely would NOT leave any valuables in your car at this location. The entry was fine although we had some surf. We swam out about 300-400 yards and began surface swimming south toward the bathroom facility near the recommended entry point. At some point we decided to just go under to see what was there. Bottom was at approximately 15 feet with significant surge and about 30 feet visibility. We continued south over unremarkable terrain. Saw some fish and a turtle. After 20-30 minutes of swimming, we hit what I'm guessing was the area we should have entered. Bottom dropped to about 40 feet or so and there was definitely some structure. Had we had more air/time it looked like it might have been worth exploring more but unfortunately we had to turn back. The return was equally unremarkable. Exit was a little more interesting than entry. We had to time the sets going in so we could get out with getting tossed by waves, which we managed to do successfully. If I were to do this dive again I would either a) do a longer surface swim (which would suck because the current tends to push NE direction--basically the exact opposite of what you have to do!) or b) try to find those perfect conditions to enter as the site recommends. A local dive shop employee said such days are EXTREMELY rare. I won't hold my breath!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2018
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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