Overview of Pahoehoe Beach Park

Pahoehoe Beach Park

The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Pahoehoe Beach Park is a well-groomed park with all the necessary facilities. Parking and dive entry are very convenient.

Directions: You'll find Pahoehoe Beach Park at mile 3.7 on Ali'I Drive, just South of Kailua.


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01/21/2019 J Gras (Avg: 3.00 Review) - The aerial shot is of Magic Sands beach, dive beach is just north of this shot.

02/27/2018 William (Avg: 4.65 Review) - We shore-dived MM4, Manini Beach, and Pahoehoe Beach during our visit, and Pahoehoe Beach was the dive team favorite. Be sure you are entering from the north end of Pahoehoe Beach Park, at a small triangular beach protected by a flat lava shelf. If you are on the wide and long Magic Sands Beach, pack up and go further north. At the correct entry, watch for urchins in the shallows as you go out. Superb reef with a starting amount of fish, both in terms of species varieties and sheer numbers. Navigating with compass, we wandered widely around vast, grooved coral gardens interspersed with sand flats just offshore of the entry point. Doing a mellow 60 minute dive with 50 ft max depth, we were immersed in marine life from beginning to end.

06/20/2016 Mike Byrne (Avg: 4.42 Review) - 6/19/20 Dove with my wife Katie. Water conditions were great with 50+ feet visibility. As soon as we entered the water there was a white tip reef shark swimming around us. We swam off shore over the reef then onto the sand flats and found some large conch and fed them some urchin which made for great photos. On the way back we came across another white tip reef shark which also made for great photos. Great place to dive and lots of tropical fish.

05/04/2016 Mike Byrne (Avg: 4.49 Review) - 5/1/2016 Dove with my wife Katie and friend Capt Alan Borowski. Very easy getting in and out of the water. Lots of tropical fish with great coral formations. Beautiful sand flats and friendly fish. On the way back to the beach we were escorted by two turtles. Great dive!

07/03/2012 Kendall Roberg (Avg: 4.13 Review) - Wow! This site is amazing. I dove this three times today and each time was impressed. From reading the other reviews it seems some people missed the main reef and stayed too close to shore. Enter on the north side of beach with the main lava shelf on your right. Drop down immediately (into about 5 or six feet of water). While diving keep this main lava shelf on your right and the first (really a lava shelf) reef stays with you to about 25 feet. This reef is filled with large schools of yellow tangs, goatfish, and damsels. Where the lava shelf ends the main reef begins and I followed it out to 85 feet of depth. Fish highlights include black-longnosed butterflyfish and Thompson's butterflyfish. As I climbed out from my second dive two turtles were sunning on the beach. Awesome! Final note, the inshore vis (in water less than 20 feet) was OK, but once it got a little deeper it was consistently 50' to 100' vis.

12/21/2007 Brian Xavier (Avg: 4.60 Review) - Great dive to the north of the beach around the reef. Dove straight out to 45 feet. Saw large barracudas and many very nice fish. Great dive. Doesn't look like a nice dive, but on the north side this is an excellent dive.

09/28/2006 Yuri (Avg: 2.19 Review) - Don't waste your time on this one. We entered from the North end of the park, North of the Magic Sands resort, not from the sandy beach South of resort. Not much of the wildlife, though the reef looked good. The visibility was not the best on Hawaii. I also did snorkeling from South of the resort and some night snorkeling in hope to see some lobsters, but saw none. Go to the Place of Refuge or to Puako.

01/04/2004 Paul and Charles (Avg: 3.26 Review) - I dived this site with my 11 year old son when the (winter) conditions were making many of the other Kona Coast sites too rough. It's very impressive to consider what it must have been like as the lava entered the ocean here in a tongue of fire. Parking is easy and the showers make it a very pleasant dive.

08/06/2002 Kim (Avg: 3.99 Review) - Very pretty site to dive - lots of fish, turtles, colorful flatworms. We followed the reef to the north and never got below 40 feet. It was a very relaxing 90 minutes. Being able to shower is GREAT.

06/13/2002 Steve Frisbie (Avg: 3.26 Review) - A nice little dive, not one of Kona's very best, but if you want a quick, easy, decent shallow dive that's right in Kailua town you might want to give it a shot. A great dive for those unsure of their navigation skills. Just follow the pahoehoe lava flow outward. You'll see patchwork reef and sand and lots of interesting nooks and crannies in the lava flow for eels and such- I've always wanted to try a night dive here to see what comes out at night. Further out there is a decent reef in about 30-45 feet of water.


Site Photos

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Parking at Pahoehoe Beach Park 

Just park along the side of the road.


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Entry at Pahoehoe Beach Park 

Entry is to the far right of the beach just before the large patch of lava.




Aerial at Pahoehoe Beach Park 
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Plan your dive to follow the lava shelf around to the right. You won't be disappointed!

Last Verification: September, 2000  


Diver Averages for  Pahoehoe Beach Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.80
Bottom Conditions:  4.20
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  3.90
Solitude 3.10
Roads:  4.20
*Site Average:  3.80

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.50
Beginner Scuba:  3.90
Intermediate Scuba:  3.80
Advanced Scuba:  3.90
Night diving Scuba:  3.20

Number of reviews for this site: 10


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