Scuba Diving Electric Beach Oahu | Kahe Point
Kahe Point Beach Park is commonly known and referred to as Electric Beach Oahu because of the power plant and warm water discharge pipe that creates a unique artificial reef just offshore. Electric Beach is known for the clear water and abundance of reef fish that are attracted to the warm water being discharged from the power plant.
The natural surrounding reef also makes for a great dive site with turtles, octopus and even the occasional white tip reef shark.
Driving Directions to Electric Beach
Coming from Honolulu or Waikiki it will talk about an hour to drive to Electric Beach depending on traffic.
Getting to Kahe Point Beach Park is easy:
- Take the H1 West
- When you think that you are getting close keep going!
- When the H1 ends and turns into Farrington Highway keep going
- After going down the road just a few miles you will see a parking lot on your left
- There is no stop sign or traffic light so pull into the left turn lane
- Cross the train tracks and find a parking spot
- Get ready for some scuba diving!
Parking and Amenities at Electric Beach Oahu
Finding a parking spot in the lot is not normally a problem. The only exception is in the early morning on weekends and holidays when local scuba divers flock to this spot and the parking lot fills up. After the parking lot is full people will start to park on the dirt by the side of the train tracks.
There have been reports of vehicles being broken into at Electric Beach. Be careful not to leave valuables in the car, especially not in open site.
There is a shower to wash off at after getting out of the water but that is about it. The portable restroom is usable but only as a last resort. The restrooms are currently closed but hopefully will re-open soon. We’ll keep you updated if they are.
There is a large covered concrete area that is perfect for setting up your scuba diving gear without having to do it in the dirt or grass. Kahe Point Beach Park also has a few benches and picnic tables to relax and have a snack after your dive.
On weekends there is often a food vendor that offers snacks just outside of the park by the side of the road. Since there is not a nearby store this a great place to get a treat after getting out of the water.
Water Entry and Exit at Electric Beach
After setting up your equipment and getting suited up walk down to the beach. There are some rocky steps just past the shower to the right. Walk across the sand and enter the water on the right side of the beach close to the concrete wall.
Watch out for rocks as you enter the water. After you get to about waist deep water you can get your feet on and swim out through the waves.
Make sure that you evaluate the conditions at the entry point before deciding to make a dive at Electric Beach. If the surf is up it might be a good idea to hold off and wait for a calmer day.
Exit the water at the same place you got in.
The Marine Life at Electric Beach
Schools of Blue Lined Snapper, Goat Fish and various butterfly fish are commonly seen at Electric Beach. If you are lucky there will be a sea turtle hanging out at the end of the warm water discharge pipe.
White tip reef sharks sometimes live in some small caves created by overhangs on some deeper parts of the reef. Going with a local guide that knows the area is the best way to find amazing marine life at any dive site
If you are really lucky you will get so to some dolphins. Just offshore from Electric Beach is where most of the dolphin tour boats leaving from Ko’Olina go. When you are checking out the conditions take a look from the top of Kahe Point Beach Park and see if you can find pods of dolphins around the catamarans.
Scuba Diving Safely
Always make sure that you are cautious when diving a new site for the first time. It is always suggested to go with a person that knows the area and can keep you safe while showing you the highlights of any dive site.
Feel free to call us with any questions or to come along on a guided tour of Electric Beach Oahu.