Pahoehoe Beach Park

Kailua-Kona, Big Island, HI
map
Entry Map
directions
Directions
photos
Photos
Difficulty
beginner
Viz (last reported 81468h ago)
Max Depth
40ft (unconfirmed)

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Pahoehoe Beach Park

Pahoehoe Beach Park is a well-groomed park with all the necessary facilities. Parking and dive entry are very convenient. Directions: You'll find Pahoehoe Beach Park at mile 3.7 on Ali'I Drive, just South of Kailua.
View Entry Map

Pahoehoe Beach Park Tide Chart and Surf Report (Beta)

Monday
12:05 AM / 1.971ft
Monday
6:23 AM / 0.156ft
Monday
12:34 PM / 1.709ft
Monday
6:24 PM / 0.300ft
Tuesday
12:32 AM / 1.895ft

Find a Guide

Kona Shore Divers - Our goal is to give you the opportunity to share and explore the underwater world in and around the near shore waters of Kailua-Kona. We focus on small group sizes and strive to offer the best personalized service we can to our guests. From the first timer to the old timer come with us and see what the Kona Shore has to offer! Book Now
5
4
3
2
1
4.2
(7)
Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:06 AM
scuba
Entry is to the far right of the beach just before the large patch of lava. Plan your dive to follow the lava shelf around to the right. You won't be disappointed!
Kendall Roberg
Kendall Roberg
Jul 3, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
Wow! This site is amazing. I dove this three times today and each time was impressed. From reading the other reviews it seems some people missed the main reef and stayed too close to shore. Enter on the north side of beach with the main lava shelf on your right. Drop down immediately (into about 5 or six feet of water). While diving keep this main lava shelf on your right and the first (really a lava shelf) reef stays with you to about 25 feet. This reef is filled with large schools of yellow tangs, goatfish, and damsels. Where the lava shelf ends the main reef begins and I followed it out to 85 feet of depth. Fish highlights include black-longnosed butterflyfish and Thompson's butterflyfish. As I climbed out from my second dive two turtles were sunning on the beach. Awesome! Final note, the inshore vis (in water less than 20 feet) was OK, but once it got a little deeper it was consistently 50' to 100' vis.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Brian Xavier
Brian Xavier
Dec 21, 2007, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great dive to the north of the beach around the reef. Dove straight out to 45 feet. Saw large barracudas and many very nice fish. Great dive. Doesn't look like a nice dive, but on the north side this is an excellent dive.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Yuri
Yuri
Sep 28, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
Don't waste your time on this one. We entered from the North end of the park, North of the Magic Sands resort, not from the sandy beach South of resort. Not much of the wildlife, though the reef looked good. The visibility was not the best on Hawaii. I also did snorkeling from South of the resort and some night snorkeling in hope to see some lobsters, but saw none. Go to the Place of Refuge or to Puako.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Paul and Charles
Paul and Charles
Jan 4, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
I dived this site with my 11 year old son when the (winter) conditions were making many of the other Kona Coast sites too rough. It's very impressive to consider what it must have been like as the lava entered the ocean here in a tongue of fire. Parking is easy and the showers make it a very pleasant dive.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Kim
Kim
Aug 6, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Very pretty site to dive - lots of fish, turtles, colorful flatworms. We followed the reef to the north and never got below 40 feet. It was a very relaxing 90 minutes. Being able to shower is GREAT.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Steve Frisbie
Steve Frisbie
Jun 13, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
A nice little dive, not one of Kona's very best, but if you want a quick, easy, decent shallow dive that's right in Kailua town you might want to give it a shot. A great dive for those unsure of their navigation skills. Just follow the pahoehoe lava flow outward. You'll see patchwork reef and sand and lots of interesting nooks and crannies in the lava flow for eels and such- I've always wanted to try a night dive here to see what comes out at night. Further out there is a decent reef in about 30-45 feet of water.
Originally posted on shorediving.com