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Dive Review of Aloha Dive Company in
Hawaii/the big island

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Vicki Huffman & Al Knight, WI, USA
Report Number 36
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
many spots in  the Caribbean, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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 $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Mike Nakachi, owner operator of Aloha Dive Company, along with First Mate
Earl, is a dream come true.  We met the native Hawaiians in December of
1998, logged 150+ dives since then, and have yet to find a land based
operator that beats their attention to clients. Mikes enthusiasm for the
rare and endemic fish never stops, nor his excitement at anything BIG.  No
burn out or lackadaisical attitude here.  

Want to go on the Manta Ray night dive?  In 1998 he advised us to cancel
unless we just wanted a straight night dive, mantas hadnt been sighted in
a month.  This June, he asked if we wanted to add it to our already booked
five days of diving as the mantas were back (and boy were theythis is
indescribable, just go do it for yourself.and Earl knows how to make the
Mantas leave the 45 other divers and swoop incessantly right overhead ADCs
six divers).

You say that you  like to fish?  Earl and Mike set up two fishing rods in
holders during the surface intervals on remote southern dives and four
(35-40 pound) ono were caught over two days.  Bonus:  Earls folks have a
restaurant in Kona and Earl makes a great black bean sauce to accompany the

Of course there are Buffys famous cookies (three kinds) for snacks, but it
is the frog fish, flame wrasse, juvenile dragon wrasse, Titan and Black
Leaf scorpion fish, octopus, red striped pipefish, hammerhead sharks,
turtles, etc. that Mike and Earl find that make us want to dive with these
guys again!
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