Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
02/27/2018 4.65 Pahoehoe Beach Park The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
We shore-dived MM4, Manini Beach, and Pahoehoe Beach during our visit, and Pahoehoe Beach was the dive team favorite. Be sure you are entering from the north end of Pahoehoe Beach Park, at a small triangular beach protected by a flat lava shelf. If you are on the wide and long Magic Sands Beach, pack up and go further north. At the correct entry, watch for urchins in the shallows as you go out. Superb reef with a starting amount of fish, both in terms of species varieties and sheer numbers. Navigating with compass, we wandered widely around vast, grooved coral gardens interspersed with sand flats just offshore of the entry point. Doing a mellow 60 minute dive with 50 ft max depth, we were immersed in marine life from beginning to end.
02/26/2018 4.41 Manini Beach The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
Interesting shallow dive with some cool structure and many, many fish species. The entry, which was casual, followed a convenient cut in the lava shelf which leads to shallows. Fin up and head west out to open water, following the boundary between reef and sand. Coral heads and ridges are present in abundance. We turned back at about 47 feet depth and retraced our approximate route to entry. A young eagle Ray gave us a nice flyby as the clicks of nearby spinner dolphins echoed through the water.
02/25/2018 3.10 Mile Marker 4 The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
Good topography dive, with many fish species in residence. Previous descriptions of entry are accurate - dive MM4 only when swell is calm. Coral has experienced heavy bleaching here, yet pockets of health remain. Sighted one turtle, which gave us a nice flyby.