Overview of Kehena


The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Bob Sommer
Date: 09/23/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bob Sommer Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Francisco Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   Plant:    3.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.46
I love this dive spot although it is not for beginners. I dove Kahena several times over the course of a week, a few times with a guide and a few times solo. The biggest challenge for many will be getting down to the beach. There is a path over lava that leads down to the beach which is very treacherous. The surf entry is not for beginners, but those familiar with surf entries shouldn't have a problem. Conditions vary from day to day. I had to rescue a snorkeler who got caught in the surf zone. To the right is a nice little reef full of fish. I had some wonderful encounters with an octopus here. To the left out towards the point is the drop off. There are reports of a large Tiger who cruises the ledge but I never saw him. On Sunday's this beach is crowded, but each time we dove, regardless of the day, we were the only divers there.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    1.00

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