Overview of Puako Village End

Puako Village End

Puako Village End
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Tom Mellor
Date: 05/28/2001


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Tom Mellor Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Bothell Reef:    4.00
State:   WA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   6 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   160 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.59
This site is an easier entry than Puako Church as there isn't the need to walk out on lava at low tide. Wind-blown surge can still be an issue use a snorkel for the 200 meter swim to the drop down point. The reef is very healthy and this is a popular dive site for the local dive ops. There is a mooring buoy, so be aware if you surface in this area. The visibility is generally good, but not as much as the west and south sides where there isn't as much sand. It was still about 75' on the windy, choppy day that I was there. Turtles frequent the area and the usual reef fish are plentiful. There are openings in the lava flows that provide fun swim-throughs, and interesting open mouthed caves formed by the lava tubes. The area has a large flat sandy area surface at 60' that provides for easy exploration. I swam along with a feeding turtle for about 5 minutes she didn't mind a bit. This is a better site than Puako Church.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2001
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    3.00

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