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Makapu'u Beach Park

Makapu'u Beach Park
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Site Review by
 Seth Bareiss
Date: 08/08/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Seth Bareiss Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Phuket Reef:    3.00
State:   Phuket Animal:    4.00
Country:   Thailand Plant:    1.00
Diving:   18 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.53
It should be noted that 1) landing Rabbit Island is strictly illegal... the coast guard will fine you big-time, and will come if you even wander close to the island. 2) Never drink in the time around a dive, as dehydration can occur with this and all diuretics, and exacerbate many dive-related problems. 3) The Molokai Express, a local powerful current, moves through this area Eastward, toward Molokai/Maui. If the current blows you past the point, you're in trouble… and currents here can sometimes be powerful. Asking locals about the Molokai Express will make their pupils dilate, whites of eyes show vividly, and cause locals to break out in a plethora of scary stories. I've lived through 2 of the moderately scary stories. 4) The other commenters do not exaggerate about lobster and crabs, along the right-hand wall here, in small clefts and overhangs. If I were looking for easy lobster, I'd look here first. Be warned that lobster are off-limits, legally, during their breeding season, when young cling to the mother in great numbers. These off-limit times are the summer months. If local divers refer to "Summer Crab", they're talking about taking lobster out-of-season. This is a popular wakeboarding & body boarding spot, with a 3' tall wave pattern that's short but powerful, on most days. It's cr*p for snorkeling, but with nice beaches and Sea Life Park across the street, you can bring the non-divers here with no fear that they'll be bored. Frequent hang gliders overhead, and a nice hike to the lighthouse on the point, make this a nice place to do other things...but this would be one of my last desperate choices for a dive, unless my buds have a hankering for lobster. A hundred or so yards/meters west from here, along the North Shore, is a place where many dive shops bring introductory (unlicensed) divers. Warning: It's totally worthless. Visibility in this slightly-west spot is rarely over 10 feet with a silty bottom and only occasional round coral heads with tiny, tiny fishes. Depths don't exceed 15'/5m. So, this slightly-west spot's a SAFE spot, but will bore even beginners.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    1995
Visibility:    1.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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