Adventurers Dive Log:Scuba Diving in Hawaii off Oahu

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Diving in The Land of Oz

By Ocean Concepts

Depth: 20-70 feet

Bottom Time: 35-45 Minutes (subject to planned depth)

Visibility: 50-100 feet with light to seasonable heavy surge

Sealife: Variety of tropicals endemic to Hawaii, lobster and turtles.

Further North from Makaha is the Land of Oz, named after a hard-core Australian diver, Ozzie, who insisted on diving in adverse weather conditions - which led to the discovery of this site.

This dive is essentially the same type of dive to Makaha, except the tubes and archways are smaller - but more plentiful. Not having much in the way of sealife, the topography is the main drawing card. The reef formation runs parallel to the shore in 20-70 feet. A ravine runs perpendicular to shore, then its south side turns into a wall which drops to a cave at 65-70 feet.

Besides a variety of tropicals, it is a good site for lobster and sighting turtles.

Immediately north, along the Kea'au Ledge, are a couple of sites with variations on the same basic topography which inspire their names - Outside Makaha, Four Arches and Tube Two. The sites range from 20 to 70 feet, and almost always yield octopus to the sharp-eyed searcher. It is rare, however, that we visit these sites - unless specifically asked.

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