Keka'a Point (Black Rock), Ka'anapali - shore dive
This used to be a more popular site until the council and hotel owners decided to make the area more exclusive. It still rewards the persistant diver, although finding parking space can be a hassle (unless you are staying at one of the sea-front resorts). Drive along the road past Whalers Village and all the resorts until you reach the turnaround point at the end. Drop off your buddy and your gear and go find a place to park. Enter the sea at the beach just to the north of the Sheraton (because there is usually a weak south-flowing current along here). Fin out a bit (to avoid getting snagged in the fishing lines that are usually here) before heading south along the volcanic outcrop that gives this site its name. Have a look in the pukas - they are favourite resting places for turtles. There is also a good chance of seeing Spotted Eagle Rays, Conger and Moray Eels, shoals of Needlefish (near the surface) and more rarely, what I think was an Indigo Dartfish. Come out on the south side of the rock, where there are showers nearby and, hopefully, a short-ish walk to your car! This also makes a good night dive.
No more than 10 metres (about 32 feet) deep.
Nahuna Point (Five Graves), Makena - shore dive
Although this site gets busy, particularly with snorkellers from local boats, we like it a lot. There is a popular Green Turtle cleaning station here, that gets lots of business. Here is Marijke's description of a dive we did here in April 1997.
"On our last dive we went to Makena 5 Graves to look for a white tip reef shark who lives there in a cave. When we crossed over a ledge, we caught the sight of a young manta ray (with a wingspan of about 6 feet). We descended to the sandy bottom where we sat for the next 25 minutes as quietly as possible, watching this spectacular show of the manta ray sailing through the water fishing for plankton. We have really like to move through the water slowly and to be still regularly. Diving becomes a different reality when you do that. At one point this Manta Ray came within inches over our heads. Also some bright yellow butterfly fishes and a turtle were within my vision. Awesome!!"
To 15 metres (about 48 feet) depth.
Palauea, Wailea - shore dive
A pretty and secluded beach in Wailea - as we emerged from this dive in 1999 we were interviewed by a group of local counsellors who were looking over the site for "development potential." I'm glad we enjoyed the dive because it's probably the last time we'll be able to get to it. Caverns and arches with turtles and the usual reef fish.
You would have to swim a long way to get much deeper than 10 metres (about 32 feet).
Shark Condos, Molokini Atoll - boat dive
I last dived here in July 1999. We saw a pair of Fire Dart Fish, which are relatively common in other parts of the Pacific, but are relatively rare here. At one point we came across an overhang and found four young White Tip Reef Sharks resting there. A bit further on we came across a group of about five Giant Trevally, which took a close interest in us. There is a lot of fish-feeding going on by the many operations that come to Molokini - my guess is that people must be feeding the Trevally too. We saw a Whip Coral Goby on its very own piece of Whip Coral - quite well named really.
We went to a maximum depth of 40 metres (about 130 feet).
Ulua, Wailea - shore dive
There are effectively two reefs here, although they are actually joined - one close to shore, which is used for dive training and is heavily over-dived and one further out, which is still in reasonable condition. In July 1999 we saw a Devil Scorpionfish, what looked like a Ruby Cardinal Fish and a Psychedelic Wrasse before coming across an amazing Flying Gurnard. These are such strange looking fish and this was the only time we have seen one here, although we must have dived this site at least a dozen times. On a previous visit to this site we also saw a Commerson's Frogfish.
No more than about 15 metres (48 feet).