Jim Goodenough's Dive Log
Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay) on 9/10/2001
You can park your car right next to the giant stride entry. Exiting is a little tough. Remove your gear and climb ashore, then have your buddy hand up both sets of gear. Most of the dive is shallow. I think my bottom time here has been 70+ minutes because of the minimal depth. Once saw anemones spawning in the shallows.
I agree with all the other comments, but would add that there is a small archway if you swim straight out from the entry. Was once approached here by an official (with a star on his hat and a gun) who said I could not dive without a dive flag. Curiously he said snorkeling was OK, since the courts were not about to prosecute snorkelers. Go figure.
'Alula Beach (Kona Dog Beach) on 9/10/2001
I love this spot. The beach is totally uncrowded. The entry is via a small "lagoon" and even though you have to walk out from the parking area, I think this is one of the most relaxing shore entries around. Saw a big frog fish there. Won't disagree with the other reviewer, but the turtle pinnacle must be a heck of a kick to swim to in SCUBA gear!
Puako Village End on 9/16/2001
Sep 16, 2001, 12:00 AM
Nice remote site without a lot of people. Had to swim out a ways to get even 30 feet deep. As I was descending to enter a lava tube, I noticed I almost wound up on top of a small eel. After that I was too shaken up to continue the dive.