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 Chad of Tampa

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Review Date       AVG       ShoreDiving Site
09/30/2005        2.65      Mile 4.9 The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
This is called "crystal cove" by the local dive charter operators. We had a jeep and drove down as far as possible and still had a small hike along a steep gravel slope. We carried our gear over the lava formations and made it to the waters edge, filled our bc's with air and threw them in the water. We checked out both locations shown on the map and found this dive to be a little boring. The coral there was very pristine, but no kewl formations. There is a buoy tied up here which is tied to an engine block. I found out later that this spot is used as a location for check out dives due to the sandy bottom. BOTTOM LINE: A lot of work for little return.
09/30/2005        3.68      Puako Village End The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
What a great place! We dove this place twice and enjoyed it more and more. When you arrive, it first appears that the entry is to the right (when looking out to the water)… take my advice and skip this entry for the one on the left by the tree. From here, snorkel straight out to the far left buoy. Along the way, you will find a drop off… drop down and head to the right, keeping the cliff on your right shoulder and work your way along this magnificent site. Turtles galore! Tons of fish. Went to check out the garden eels, but I guess we weren't sneaky enough. The locals were nice. Would highly recommend this dive over the Puako Church on ease of entry alone.


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