Shore Diving Big Island & the top Big Island Dive Sites along the Kona Coast

Shore diving the Big Island can be hard if you don't know where to go. Kona is known for it's rough lava covered beaches and coastline. Occasionally divers will attempt to dive from shore with mixed results. Here we cover top big island dive sites, where to go, when to go, and what you will see at some of our better shore dive sites. Please keep in mind that based on conditions some of these sites will be difficult if not dangerous to dive. Please call the shop if you have any questions about diveability before heading out on your own  Call Us At (808)324-4668

Top Big Island Shore Diving & Dive Sites


- Puako
- Kua Bay

In Town
- Mile Marker 4
- Old Airport
- Kailua Pier

- 2 Step

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Kua Bay

Mile Marker 4 (coming soon)

Old Airport

Old Airport - Faces South

  • Affected by: west through south swells
  • Look for 3 feet or less

Shore Dive Site Swell Height Recommendations

During the Summer most of these sites will be accessable. During the winter we typically get larger more consistent swell. Our recommendation is to avoid Kua Bay and Mile Marker 4 during the winter months.

Puako - Faces North
  • Affected by: West through North swells.
  • Look for: 3 feet or less

Old Airport - Faces South
  • Affected by: west through south swells
  • Look for 4 feet or less

Kailua Pier - Faces South
  • Affected by: Southwest through West Swells

Mile Marker 4 - Faces West
  • Affected by: Southwest through Northwest Swells

2 Step (Honaunau) - Faces west
  • Affected by: west and southwest swells

Kua Bay - Faces West *Typically not diveable during the winter
  • Affected by: southwest through north swells

Swell Report