Electric Beach or Kahe Point is a shore dive in front of the electricity generating station Waianae Power Plant.
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This is a great shore dive and it got the name "Electric Beach" from the power plant that is located across the street. Entry and exit is by a sand/rock path near the showers and restrooms to the beach. To the right of the entry/exit "channel" is a fenced wall that contains the water supply for the electrical plant. To the left are rock ledges and cliffs. Be careful of the protruding rock formations inside the channel. The base of this dive site is mostly sand and large coral heads close to shore and rock and coral reefs further out.
In approximately 30-40 feet of water you will find the huge submerged exhaust water tubes for the electrical plant. The turbulent water action these tubes make is clearly visibly from the surface and shoreline. A note of caution, these tubes put out tremendous amount of rapid flowing heated water, be very careful. A diver could easily be shot to the surface at an alarming rate. Do not attempt to go in front of the tubes unless you are with someone who is familiar with the area. Other than that, the back portion of the tube is perfectly safe to explore. It is covered with a large abundance of coral growth and inhabited by many species of tropical fish. To the left of the tubes, you will find large covered areas of coral, small caves and over hangings. Eel's of all different types often make their homes in the holes "puka's" that carpet the coral.
The downside to Electric Beach is the problem with theft. It is strongly recommended that you bring along a beach watch or make sure you do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. Even in paradise we have our problems, but don't let this spoil a great day of diving!
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