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Dive Review of Aloha Divers/Fairmont Orchid in
Hawaii/Kona -Big Island

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Eckenberger, va, USA
Report Number 2861
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii. Eluthera,Turks & Cacios, Honduras, Nassau,Cay Sal, Walkers Key
,Fla. Keys, Martinque, BVI's, San Salvador, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac,
Little Cayman Etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Typical adavanced open water <130 ft (allowed to dive computer - Nitrox
32)  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Mike And Earl run a great operation and cater to your skill level and can
arrange amazing up close and personal large animal encounters.  They know
this area so well that they can find most things on the reef upon reguest. 
I saw nearly all endemic Butterfly Fish over 6 dives and they  could find
octopi on nearly every dive. There were lots of turtles and eels as well as
eagle rays.  Both men have a deep love and appreciation for the ocean and
everything in it and their enthusiasm was contagious.  Highly recommended
to anyone on Kona looking for a great diving experience.
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