Hookena State Beach Park

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Hookena State Beach Park

We will be "hooka" diving using an inflatable boat on the big island of Hawaii this Thanksgiving, so shore entry is very important too us. We are sure some of the dive sites you have described will be visited. One beach not mentioned on your site is Hookena state beach park south of Kona. Having snorkeled there I wonder how it compares with the other sites you've reviewed. Thanks for a very good web site.
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Henry Valz
Henry Valz
Jul 31, 2013, 12:00 AM
scuba
Not a bad site. A little different than was expected. A shallow site, compared to most Big Island reefs. The best plan is to go out to the south end of the beach, pretty close to the rocks, but not right next to the them. As you leave, head WNW. You will start to see some rocks and coral below you, at about 20 feet of water. Descend down them and take a hard right, and continue along the coral and rocks. If you get deeper than 35 feet you've missed the start of the reef. Head up shallower. You will see a ton of worms or fish that live in holes in the sand. After a while you'll get a larger reef that forms, and extends from about 20 feet to about 60 feet. A healthy reef with lots of structure and rocks. Didn't see any eels, but other reported turtles in the shallows. After working down the reef (going north) you will ascend to your safety stop. At about 15 feet there is a HUGE rock that goes from 5 to 20 feet deep, which a great spot to look for life as you do your safety stop. If there is a large swell coming from the east this site is totally exposed. But most other directions will be fine. The best part about this site is the fact that it has a WARM SHOWER! A local group provides support, signage, and other components of the site. Please support them, and keep this site very cool.
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David Zimmerman
David Zimmerman
Oct 3, 2009, 12:00 AM
scuba
Hookena is one of my favorite dive sites on the Big Island. It is a nursery for lots of fish: From Flame Angelfish to the Pyramid Butterfly fish, it has it all! Spinners frequent the area on a regular basis also! Depending on the weather, currents and waves, it can be dangerous for new divers. Enter on the south side by the camp sites and head West till the drop off at 25 feet then make a right turn and cruise along the reef. Again, keep an eye on the current! Best in the summer.
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