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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Don Lipmanson, California, USA
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Report Number 1602
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Grand Turk, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
68   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
     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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