Overview of Kea'au Beach

Kea'au Beach

Kea'au Beach
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Robert Lower
Date: 03/07/2002


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Robert Lower Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    4.00
State:   HI Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    1.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   377 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.38
I knew that the name of the ledge we would be swimming out to was called Kea'au Corner, but man did it feel like the Kea'au Rip! This spot, which I have done once during the day by beach and once at night by boat is one amazing dive that with proper dive planning can be one of the top multiple archway/cave dive on Oahu. The shore entry is a little tricky, about 50 yards left of and straight out from the shower area you will giant stride from an urchin laden rock ledge. Make sure the surf is small if you plan on getting back in. Surface swim directly straight out about 200 yards or until you find a lava tube that goes straight down and is surrounded by tons of reef fish (about 35-40 feet deep) It will turn into a very heart stimulating deep overhang/cavern that regularly houses Jacks, Bigeye soldierfish, and peacock grouper amongst other creatures. The cavern will reopen at a depth of about 50-65ft. where you can find several more small caves with tons of shells and sleeping turtles inside. Make sure to swim left, against the current, along the bottom of the wall. There will be lots to see and I have even seen a school of about 20 Heller's Barracuda the last time I dove here (3/4/02). After you have reached the second big archway (which reminds me of a miniature version of Palau's famous Blue Hole), swim up and let the current push you back over the top of the wall (30-40ft.)until you reach the original lava tube from the beginning, and then swim straight in to shore, which should line you up directly with the entry point. Depending on your air consumption rate, a surface swim in may be necessary. Make sure to start the dive during the peak low tide for optimal drift conditions coming back in.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2002
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    3.00

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