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Electric Beach

written in collaboration with Derekb (1 spots)


Kahe Point, nicknamed “Electric Beach” because of the electric power plant located nearby, is a popular snorkeling spot of Oahu. Two large cooling pipes outflows warm water to the ocean, attracting scores of sea life, including reef fish, sea turtles, eagle ray and even pods of spinner dolphins to the area. Due to the potentially dangerous currents that may occur in the area, this spot is not recommended for beginners.
How to get there?

Electric Beach is located on the west coast of Oahu, approximately a 40-minutes’ drive from Honolulu. Once you reached the coast, watch for Kahe Beach Park signs. The parking lot is just before the electric plant, on the left.

Water entrance

Entering in the water can be challenging on this spot, due to waves and currents. Get into the water from the tiny beach, and swim out the small channel (which can be quite turbulent) to reach the open ocean. Wear swim fins, and do not enter the water if the surf is too strong.

Aerial view

Exploration

The area to explore covers the surroundings of the large outflow pipe (↕6-30ft/2-5m). The warm water released by the electric plant and the structure has created an artificial reef, abundant with sea life.

Around the pipe and the others underwater structures, covered by some coral, you will find a great variety of reef fish, including butterflyfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, damselfish and eels. Green sea turtles are very common on this spot, usually hanging out near the water outflow. If you are lucky, you might spot spinner dolphins (which comes to visit the bay on some mornings), or even a blacktip reef shark darting above the sand in the deepest areas.

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Snorkeler at Electric Beach

The top of the structure is approximately at 3 meters under the surface of the ocean. Do not dive down in front of the openings to the pipes, as the flowing water can be strong.

Restaurants and accommodation

There is no restaurant available near the beach. Bring at least your own water with you.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Maximum depth
    30ft/5m
  • Water entrance
    Surf dependant
  • Potential Dangers
    Waves, currents
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    Yes

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