Keawalo Pipe

Keawalo Pipe
Oahu
Hawaiian Islands

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Site Review by
 Duane Kiszak
Date: 05/05/2008

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Duane Kiszak Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Mililani Reef:    3.00
State:   Hawaii Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   5 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.31
This is usually considered by many to be a boat dive and many of the dive boats frequent this dive site. But this is also a good shore diving site, though a bit of a surface swim. Look at the ocean. If surf is large (as it can be from May to October) shore diving this site is not recommended. Also check for currents, at times there is strong east to west current. There is plenty of parking at the public parking for Ka'ako Waterfront Park. Parking is free and the park is open from 6am to 10pm. Gear up at your car and carry fins to the entry point. Be sure to lock up your car! There are two entry and exit points. The primary being the stairs that lead into the water just past the showers that are next to the boat channel. Go down the stairs and put on your fins just prior to entering the water. Ensure you stay on the edge of the boat channel and start swimming out. Swim toward the green buoy and, when you clear the surf zone, start swimming to the cylindrical white buoy. When you reach the white buoy continue to swim west about 50 yards and you will see the pipe (an old no longer in use drainage pipe). Drop down and tie off your dive flag. About halfway down from this point you will see the mooring buoy for the dive boats so use caution if you have to surface in this area. Dive boat and other boat traffic is very common here. Continue to follow the pipe toward the end. The tropical fish are very friendly and photogenic at this site!!! Others areas of interest are on the reefs located to the west where the drop down point is and also 3/4 of the way down the pipe. Eagle Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Spinner Dolphins, and Barracudas can be scene here so some caution is advised. Turtles can also be seen here, but all sightings are very sporadic. Numerous tropical reef fish are very common, as well as various Nudi brancs. Viz can be as little as 20 feet to 100 feet depending on the surf and currents and the amount of rain as both the boat channel and Ali Wai deposit here. The alternate entry/exit is located at the second or middle pavilion. Just to the west, right after the showers, there are stairs that go into a small protected water area. Just before entering the water put your fins on and enter the way. Swim around the wall and start swimming toward the small white cylindrical buoy. If using this as an alternate exit, start swimming toward the second buoy. If conditions are good, this a good laid back dive and is convenient because it is located downtown. I would say this is an intermediate day dive and advanced night dive because of the surface swims and the boat traffic in the area and also because conditions can be rough.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:   
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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