Chris Walker's Dive Log
Black Rock on 11/28/2005
Nov 28, 2005, 12:00 AM
This is one of my favorite dives. The best way to dive here is by doing a drift dive. Parking is far from the site (Whalers' Village), so preferably bring a friend who can drop you off at the golf course to gear up. Enter at the beach north of Black Rock (between Airport & Black Rock). Drop by the wall that is on the rock. You will see numerous reef fish, turtles, and if lucky a monk seal that hangs out. There is a huge wall that is loaded with life. Drift around the rock and you will surface at the Sheraton. There are showers there. Taking you time, this is about a 45-50 minute dive with a max depth of 35 feet. This is also a great night dive. Many of the local shops send their night dive boats here.
Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay) on 1/8/2007
Jan 8, 2007, 12:00 AM
We wanted to dive this site, but it is a one mile kick from the pier (or any road) to the reef. The reef is located by the Cook Monument. We took our snorkel gear and rented a kayak. We paddled to the monument but due to new restrictions after the quake, you can not beach your kayak or go on land by the monument. Therefore we snorkeled and towed the kayak behind us. It is a bowl shaped reef that drops down to over 100 feet. The reef is in great shape and there were a ton of reef fish. We were there when a swell hit and the conditions were still good. If it was practical, we would have dived it. If you can, dive here but with the new restrictions the most practical activity is snorkeling. It is a wonderful spot, one of our favorite sites. If you are interested in Cook & Hawaiian history (like I am) plan to make a stop here.