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Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : East
Depth : 35-70 feet
Access : Boat / Shore
Location : East Shore
Visibility : 50 - 100ft
Level : Intermediate
Sealife : Parrotfish, Goatfish, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Lobster
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Mokolea is a speck of a rock found south of Moku Manu and is half the distance to Kailua. The islet is a seabird sanctuary and is nearly white from the bird droppings. The spire can easily be circumnavigated on one tank in 35 to 70 feet. The walls of the caves that cut into its foundation are festooned with lobster. Outside the pukas, a community of cauliflower coral thrives, along with isolated stands of antler corals. It is not uncommon to see Whitetips here, and the site has fish galore, with several very large parrot and unicorn fish, as well as plentiful ulua and 'opelu.

Caution: Strong currents sweep along the coast pass between Moku Manu and Mokapu Peninsular and safety is of paramount consideration.

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Reviewed By: Steve, Oahu on October 20,2012 (rating 4/5)
Mokolea Rock, commonly called 'Bird Shit Island' by locals, can be a good dive. Most of the time it's rough, though. Contrary to the information given on this site, I would absolutely NOT treat this as a shore dive. The nearest point to the dive spot is a beach called Castles, and the water between the shore and island is deep, rough, and there are strong currents. You can launch a boat at Kailua beach park, then anchor on the shore side of the island. There is a 30' shelf for intermediate divers. And of course lots of deeper water for the experienced ones. It is not a beginners dive site.
Visibility: Depends on weather conditions. Can be as good as 100' Access: Boat only. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced