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Moku Manu
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : East
Depth : 90 feet
Access : Boat
Location : East Shore
Visibility : 50 - 100ft
Level : Advanced
Sealife : Parrotfish, Goatfish, Unicorn Fish, Ulua, Tuna
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Moku Manu (pronounced Mow-coo ma-New) is located approximately 500 yards off Mokapu Point between Kailua and Kaneohe, is a two-island remnant of the Ko'olau volcano. As this dive site is not dived frequently, it has a rich environment of plentiful and large marine life. Diving can be done around, between and away from both islands, with over five sites to choose from. The wind conditions are usually the determining factor on these sites. One of the most popular approaches is to bring the boat inside a cave between the two islands and drop over the side and descend 90 feet to the bottom. The cave is pitch black inside, and cuts into the islands at approximately 50 yards, tapering to a point. Bring a light, as there are some lobster inside, and plenty of nocturnal fish. Coral grows vigorously outside the cave and around both of the islands. Approximately 200 yards from the south side of the island is a sand channel at a depth of 60 feet, this is home to several skittish turtles. At night, they stay constant companions and follow the beam of light the divers provide throughout the dive. Another 100 to 200 yards out are large channels with caves and overhangs. The seaward side of the north island has a skirting shelf at 30 feet that drops to 90, then plummeting to 200 plus feet further out. Lobsters make their home in lava tubes along the drop off, and pukas are the residence to several moray eels. As usual with a drop-off, keep a lookout to see what swims by.

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


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