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Dive Review of Aloha Dive Company/Waikoloa Village condos in
Hawaii/Kona coast, Big Island

Aloha Dive Company/Waikoloa Village condos, Mar, 2005,

by Don Lipmanson, California, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1602.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Belize, Grand Turk, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 68 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Owner Mike Nakachi and divermaster Earl merit all the praise that many other Chapbook reporters have given. They choose daily sites based on currents and on the interests of their clients, and are masters at finding all kinds of critters, large and small. They are also very supportive of the occasional snorkler who accompanies a diver. But book early, because they have such a dedicated following that it's hard to find a spot on their fast six-pack boat. And don't fill up on a pre-dive breakfast, because their homemade brownies and cookies are indeed sensational.
As others have noted, Aloha leaves the harbor earlier than most operations, taking advantage of the typically calmer morning water and returning in plenty of time for afternoon onshore activity.
First timers to Big Island diving might want to start by snorkeling in the lagoon at Kahalu'u beach, where the assortment of fish is just fantastic and will make identification easier at depth.
Food-wise in South Kohala, Roy's Waikoloa Bar and Grill is first-rate, and Cafe Pesto at Kawaihae offers well-prepared, affordable meals. Aloha!
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