Overview of Puako Church

Puako Church

Puako Church
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Site Review by
 Rick Inman
Date: 03/19/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Rick Inman Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Spokane Reef:    5.00
State:   WA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    3.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.58
Wow! So many lava tubes and caverns and pukas. Awesome structure! Slide into one hole, out and through another. And turtles everywhere. I dove here 4 times, two different days and never saw another diver. My wife and I had this romantic, secluded beach all to ourselves. This is what diving Hawaii is all about. The dirt road down to the beach has been closed, so there is now a short hump of your gear, which may be why we had the place to ourselves (easier access a mile down at Puako Village End). Also, at low tide, the swim over the shallow reef through the surf can definitely be a challenge. And it is a long way out to the drop-off and the good structure. There are buoys planted out there, and the best stuff is between them. On the second time we went here, while enjoying a lunch of left-over ono on Hawaiian Sweet Bread between dives, we saw humpback whales playing out about 200 yards beyond he reef. Then during my second dive, I could hear the whale's song for the entire dive. Wonderful! I kept waiting for one to swim up and visit me, but no such luck. On the way back in, I saw the biggest Morey I'd ever seen. Out of 16 dives in 8 days at 9 different sites, this was my favorite dive.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2004
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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