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Kona HI shore dives

Discussion in 'Local Reference' started by FM1520, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. FM1520

    FM1520 DIR Practitioner

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    Ill be in Kona HI for the about 10 days over Christmas. I'm looking for recommendations for locations to do shore dives on that side of the island. Thanks!
     
  2. 49north

    49north DIR Practitioner

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    Last year we went out with Diving Bell Scuba. Had a great time and will probably go out with them again this year.

    Welcome to Diving Bell Scuba
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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  4. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    At south side of mouth of Honokohau Small Boat Harbor is Crescent or (Dog Beach.) Just north of Kona. If you've hit Costco you went too far North. A bit of a lava field scramble to the beach but after that the entry is usually easy. Boat traffic the main possible safety issue. Regs say you need a flag/float and that is sometimes enforced. Dolphins, fish, eels, sharks, frogfish, rays, lots of stuff. The coral to the left as you swim out of the small cove is in remarkably good shape. You can go deep but 70-80 usually my max. Keep eye out for Tiger Shark ( which seem a bit afraid of divers u/w for some reason...bubbles ??)and listen for dolphins. A pod of spinner dolphins basically hangs out at the outside mouth of harbor.

    If I wasn't traveling I'd gladly show you but there are usually divers around. Don't leave valuables visible in auto, you park near Kona Honu's Dive Boat slip at ocean end and south side of harbor. Suit up and hike across lava trail...follow white paint and be cautious. Many divers feel this is best dive on the island.
     
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  5. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    That is Alua Beach. My ex-wife had a manta come up to her during a dive and a large billfish leaped out of the water through her bubbles.
    Google Maps
     
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  6. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Great dive. Only heard it called “harbor” or “ crescent” but mostly Dog Beach. On Google it’s called Dog Beach. People bring their dogs there which is prohibited in most beaches. ( probably illegal but tolerated there)
     
  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    I haven't been there for years but I had always heard it called Alua Beach in the 90s. They still call it that on Shorediving.com
     
  8. bmorescuba

    bmorescuba Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
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    Not everyone on the board agrees with me, but you should try Puako if you can. Only about an hour north of Kona proper and some fantastic, easy, shallow, long dives with lots to see. A specific site would be "Puako end of road".

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  9. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Calif.
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    Here's a good video of the harbor dive...aka Alua, Dog or Crescent. Video does not really show tricky lava trail to sandy beach which is hardest part of dive. Does show where you park and representative life and scenes. The sandy shots are 60ish feet or more. Tiger shark is La Verne.


     
  10. LB_Scuba

    LB_Scuba Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada
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    I'm jealous! There are great shore diving spots on Kona!

    Here is a listing of all shore dive sites, map locations, photos, and diver reviews! Have fun and don't forget to rate/review your favorite sites!
     

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