Overview of Kealakekua Bay (Old Wharf)

Kealakekua Bay (Old Wharf)

Kealakekua Bay (Old Wharf)
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Eric Crawford
Date: 09/25/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Eric Crawford Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Bellevue Reef:    5.00
State:   Washington Animal:    5.00
Country:   US Plant:    3.00
Diving:   7 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.42
My ratings are so high because I am actually referring to the shore dive from the Captain Cook Monument. This is a little more tricky because you have to haul your gear from the wharf but it is well worth it! You can rent a 2-person kayak from Kona Boys (808-328-1234) that can haul all scuba gear with no problem. On the dive we saw a Moray bigger than I have ever seen in my life (at least 6"-7" diameter at the head) plus a stingray, great fish, and some old artifacts. There was basically no current and you can do it as a deep or shallow dive. We had a max depth of about 100' and had a great time. By the way, I would recommend an entry time after 1pm to allow some of the snorkelers and boat traffic to clear out, however it can be done in the morning too for a great am dive. Logistics: Do a giant stride entry from the monument pier (careful, its shallow) and surface swim out about 20 feet (yes, only 20'). Drop down and you'll be right on top of the wall. Pick your depth and proceed toward the cove (following the wall). If you're lucky you'll also hear the dolphins. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    5.00

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