Maunala Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai
With nearly 20 dive sites ranging from wreck dives to coral dives, Maunalua Bay is any scuba diver's Mecca. The Corsair Wreck, the only real dive site in Oahu, is found here. There are also artificial wreck dives such as the LCU Wreck, the Kahala Barge, and the Baby Barge, as well as numerous coral dives including China Wall, Sea Cave, Spitting Caves, Fantasy Reef, and Angler's Reef.
Trips to the dive sites often start at the Maunala Bay Beach Park, which fronts the town of town of Hawaii Kai on the southern part of Oahu. At the beach park, a plethora of dive boats and rental companies offering equipment for jet-skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, and other ocean-bound activities.
Manualua Bay Beach Park also offers scenic sights. At the eastern end of the beach park stand the iconic Koko Head and Koko Crater – which is why the bay is named Maunalua. In Hawaiian, it means “two mountains.”
Though the beach makes poor swimming, it offers wind conditions excellent for windsurfing and kite boarding. This happens especially when the Kona winds blow across the Maunalua Bay. The beach is notable also for boating, fishing, and snorkeling. When snorkeling though, watch out for strong currents and rising tide; the water can be treacherous.
Maunalua Bay Beach Park is a man-made beach developed by Henry J. Kaiser. Its white sand beach is made up of 535,000 feet of corals and other materials dredged from the sea.
Services and amenities: no lifeguards; there are restrooms, phones
5 Unique Things about Maunalua Bay Beach Park:
- The only real wreck dive site in Oahu, the Corsair Wreck, sits at the bottom of the Maunalua Bay.
- Maunalua Bay has the most numerous dive sites in Oahu.
- Maunalua Bay Beach Park is the launch site of many ocean-bound activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, and parasailing.
- 535,000 feet of corals were dredged from the sea to create the white sand beach of Maunalua Bay Beach Park.
- Maunalua Bay is located at the base of two peaks: the Koko Head and Koko Crater.