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Dive Review of Aloha Dive Company/Royal Kona Resort in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Troberman, WA, USA
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1592
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Palau, Australia, Galapagos Islands, Cayman Islands, St. Vincent,
Bahamas, Maui, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Aloha Dive Company is a first class dive operation in every respect.  Owner
Mike Nakachi and first mate Earl Kam have an amazing knowledge of these
waters and the fish and creatures that inhabit them, and their service is
unsurpassed.  I timed this trip to coincide with the annual whale
(humpback) migration to the Hawaiian calving grounds, and I wasn't
disappointed.  The whales were abundant, and it was not at all unusual
during the rides to the dive sites or during the surface intervals to see
whales breaching, spy-hopping and tail-slapping on the surface. On
occasion, a curious whale would even venture near the boat. But whales were
only a part of the story on this trip.  On our first dive, we were treated
to four large manta rays being cleaned, as they circled around us almost
continuosly throughout our dive. On a subsequent dive it was four eagle
rays. On yet another dive we were treated to several grey reef sharks,
white- tip reef sharks, barracuda, and jacks. And during our surface
intervals we were often surrounded by schools of spinner dolphins or
pacific bottlenose dolphins. We also saw eight large pelagic mantas on the
surface on the way to one divesite. This was some of the best large animal
diving I have ever experienced anywhere (although it is not always like
this). All in all, on a scale of 1 to 10, the diving on this trip was an
11.  And that doesn't even include Buffy's (Mike's wife) amazing cookies
between dives!  The Royal Kona Resort is an older hotel (built in the 60's)
that has seen better days, but it is in a prime location on the water at
the edge of town, within convenient walking distance of everything, and is
a great value for the money.
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