Hookena State Beach Park

Hookena State Beach Park
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Henry Valz
Date: 07/31/2013


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Henry Valz Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Tumwater Reef:    4.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    3.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   250 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.93
Not a bad site. A little different than was expected. A shallow site, compared to most Big Island reefs. The best plan is to go out to the south end of the beach, pretty close to the rocks, but not right next to the them. As you leave, head WNW. You will start to see some rocks and coral below you, at about 20 feet of water. Descend down them and take a hard right, and continue along the coral and rocks. If you get deeper than 35 feet you've missed the start of the reef. Head up shallower. You will see a ton of worms or fish that live in holes in the sand. After a while you'll get a larger reef that forms, and extends from about 20 feet to about 60 feet. A healthy reef with lots of structure and rocks. Didn't see any eels, but other reported turtles in the shallows. After working down the reef (going north) you will ascend to your safety stop. At about 15 feet there is a HUGE rock that goes from 5 to 20 feet deep, which a great spot to look for life as you do your safety stop. If there is a large swell coming from the east this site is totally exposed. But most other directions will be fine. The best part about this site is the fact that it has a WARM SHOWER! A local group provides support, signage, and other components of the site. Please support them, and keep this site very cool.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2013
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    4.00

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