Paul D.'s Dive Log
Puako Village End on 9/10/2009
Sep 10, 2009, 12:00 AM
What a great spot on the Big Island. Thank you ShoreDiving.com for your reviews and coordinates. Took my Nav with me and finding these gems (dive spots) was a breeze. This was a fresh dive for me this vacation. Viz was excellent, surface temp 81, bottom temp. 79. One word of caution: Current can sneak up on you, especially at 70-100 ft. Had a bit of a scare myself as I tried to negotiate my way back. Breathing got heavy and felt a bit of panic as my reg only delivered so much. Controlled the situation and all was ok in the end. A definite 'must dive again spot'. Note: our entry was to the north of the open beach, between the two rocks, visible in the pic. Have not tried the south entry.
'Alula Beach (Kona Dog Beach) on 4/16/2011
Apr 16, 2011, 12:00 AM
What a spectacular dive site. Today we joined the already anchored Body Glove boat and Big Island Divers. We entered thru the beach, anchored our float and proceeded to go south past the boats and then west to about 90 feet. 2 white mouth morays greeted us on the way to the sandy flats. We joined the concert of garden eels and then we were surprised by 3 majestic eagle rays cruising just off the bottom. We decided to do this dive after we scrapped the north entry at the old airport due to excessive surf and what appeared as heavy washout current. Conditions at Alua beach were pristine. What a difference just few miles north makes on a dive. Aloha