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Makua Valley Ridge
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : West
Depth : 33-45 feet
Access : Shore
Location : West Shore
Visibility : 50-100 feet
Level : Intermediate
Sealife : Shells - Leviathan, Groove Tooth, Checker Cowries, Chinese Horns, Helmet Shells
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Traveling towards Ka'ena Point on Farrington Highway, just past Kaneana Cave, is a finger of lava that extends seaward. The entrance to this shore dive is on the left side of the ridge. Even when the waters appear calm avoid the right (windward) side, as the swell is strong and can catch divers unaware. With the exception of snakehead cowries, there is not much to see along the ridge. The site becomes more visually alluring further away from the shoreline. Much damage from the impact of divers on the site gives way to a flat bottom topography that slopes to the main point of interest - a channel extending due west known as Makua Valley Ridge. A 250-foot swim will lead to two small pinnacles that stand as a gateway on either side of the channel, continue along the gutter to a collapsed lava tube that resembles an amphitheater. The top of the depression is at 33 feet and drops to a rubble bottom at 45ft.


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