Dive Site: This is an awesome dive for advanced divers looking for a challenge. You'll see some amazing wildlife, and venture in waters that most tourists never see.
Dive Type: Shore Dive/Reef (South Shore)
Difficultly: Advanced (We recommend taking a guide the first time you go)
Average Depth: 50 - 70 feet
Ideal Wave Conditions: You can dive at this site in waves up to 3-4 feet high, but it will make entry and exit very challenging. This area is always subject to a lot of whitewater, high wind, and strong currents, so be prepared.
GPS Address: Lanai Lookout, 8102 Kalaniana'ole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825 (Google Maps)
Amenities: None (closest amenities are located at Hanauma Bay)
Parking: Terrible. There are only about 20 spots, and the parking lot is packed with tour buses and tourists. Get there right at sunrise, or don't expect to find any parking.
Family-Friendly: There is no beach for the family to hang out at, so I wouldn't drag them long. However, if I had a SUPER nice family, I might be able to convince them to drop me off at the Lanai Lookout parking lot, and then go to Hanauma Bay to hang out and wait for me.
Entry and exit requires hiking in full gear. If you have limited mobility, reconsider going to this site. Also consider bringing some large clips to clip your fins and mask to your BCD while climbing down.
The entry and exit for this site is for advanced divers only. You can be seriously injured or killed if a rogue wave smashes you against the rocks in the coves. If this is your first time, we recommend having a guide.
The strong current at this site makes this ideal for a drift dive. However, if you miss the exit, you'll have to get out at Hanauma Bay (and beg a tourist to drive you back).
Don't even think about going out to this site without your safety gear. At a minimum, you should have a good flashlight (and a backup), a working whistle, a large inflatable safety marker, and a reliable dive buddy.
It might be a smart idea to let someone know you're diving this spot, and what time you and your buddy expect to return. If a freak current drags you past Hanauma Bay, search and rescue will know where (and when) to start looking for you.
Dive Site Maps:
(Base map courtesy of Google Maps)
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