Kahe Point, West Oahu

 

Kahe Point, on the west coast of Oahu, is an open roadstead anchorage to the north of Ko Olina.  It can be identified by the HECO Power Plant and is sometimes known as "Electric Beach". Here the outfall of warm water from the plant is visible as a vigorous churning of the surface water.  These clear, warm waters attract many fish, turtles & dolphins.  It's a very popular diving and snorkeling location, so keep a close watch for swimmers as you approach to anchor.   Anchor north or south of the outfall in 20 to 30 ft. of water.  Look for a sand patch, drop anchor and check to be sure it buries, as these sandy patches can be thin.  The wind direction is normally offshore, but can change quickly.  Dolphin pods visit in the mornings.  They swim right among the boats, trailed by assorted commercial dolphin-watching tour boats based on the Waianae coast.