Overview of Puako Village End

Puako Village End

Puako Village End
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Ann Geiger
Date: 03/04/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ann Geiger Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Rockville Reef:    3.00
State:   MD Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   19 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   775 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.39
This is an easily accessible and enjoyable site. We did two dives here in March 2009, one during calm conditions and one during pretty high winds. During both dives we could hear humpbacks singing and saw turtles, nudibranchs, flatworms, and many types of adult and juvenile fish. The shallows are nicely protected and would provide decent snorkeling for non-divers. A key piece of advice is to go early, when conditions are most likely to be calm and the area is less crowded topside and below water. If you enter and exit at the appropriate spot, there should only rarely be conditions that make getting in and out even remotely difficult. After following the directions to the site, once in the parking lot the appropriate spot is just past where the trees end. There is one place that looks OK, but the better option is several yards south. After entering the water and donning fins and mask in the protected area, one can swim right out. There are two mooring balls, a white one to the right and an orange one to the left. Swim toward the orange one and keep an eye out to the left for a large channel that leads out to the reef. One can go in either direction; to the right the reef drops to about 90 feet, to the left about 60. The reef to the right is a bit more dramatic topographically, to the left is a large flat coral garden in about 45 to 50 feet. There are no facilities at the site. Kohala Divers Limited is nearby in Kawaihae; they have reasonable rental prices and a pleasant staff who are efficient for a dive shop. Cafe Pesto in the same shopping center as Kohala Divers is a nice place for lunch, although one has to get out of obvious swimwear to feel comfortable.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2009
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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