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Waimea Wall
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : North
Depth : 25-60 feet
Access : Boat / Shore
Location : North Shore
Visibility : 50 feet
Level : Beginner - Advanced
Sealife : Whitetip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Coral, Lobster, Shellfish
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
Waimea Bay is one of the best spots for snorkeling and is normally quiet during the summer months, but can get busy when the big surf hits the island during the winter months. The East side of Waimea Bay marks a site accessible either by shore (about a 250 yard swim) or by boat. The lava flow that produced the land formation continues underwater with three coral fingers that radiate seaward. The fingers start at 25 feet, with a healthy community of encrusting corals, then a drop to a depth of 60 feet. The main area of interest is along the base of these drop-offs. A tunnel transects the middle projection two-thirds the distance from the shoreline. The ceiling of the lave tube is canopied with snowflake coral, while cracks in the tunnel's walls house nurseries of 20 to 30 juvenile lobster. Whitetip sharks are frequently seen near the tunnel, along with turtles, and occasionally eagle rays. The bottom breaks down to rubble and stacked boulders, yielding shells as well as sightings of ulua. The site is protected from strong trade winds by Kalalua Point, which means that the waters are usually calm.


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