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Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands

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Site Review by
 Sarina
Date: 06/08/2016

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Sarina Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Bothell Reef:    5.00
State:   Wa - Washington Animal:    5.00
Country:   United States Plant:    1.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   237 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    3.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.83
We did this site last week as a good intro site. Lots going on here with coral and animal populations which was fun to see. Went during the day and had a hard time finding parking. Ended up pulling up in front of the toilets and dumping gear, then parking up the road. By the end of the day there was a spot to pull into when we needed to load up. Returned the next night for a night dive. I wouldn't recommend this site for a beginner night dive. There are no shore lights to help with navigation as you return and it can be disorienting. If you have someone to keep a light on for you at the shore, it would work better. The local (homeless) gentleman was annoyed by our lights as we scanned the shore for our exit point and came out to shine a light for us. That was very kind, but he kept muttering something about us doing the wrong thing. I was puzzled, we were trying to be as courteous as possible and had our dive buoy just as required. I think he was annoyed that we were shining lights at 8:30 pm. Our night dive was more interesting. The fish were sleeping. My daughter watched a butterfly fish swimming sort of aimlessly and slowly. It tipped over and started swimming on it's side, so she gently righted it and it just kept going as though it happens all of the time. The parrotfish were tucked into the rocks, so it was impossible to appreciate their sleeping bubbles. There were tons of segmented tube worms out working the reef at night though! Wow! We saw a slipper lobster and a sea hare too, those were real treats. My daughter said she saw a nudibranch, but I missed it. There are probably better places for a night dive where there is some shore light for orientation, but it is quite lovely and the entry/exit was easy.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2016
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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