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Dive Review of Big Island Divers/Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel in
Hawaii/Big Island

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Laura Mosqueda, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2342
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Maui, Little Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dove as a group with the DM. This wasn't a problem as they went to
reasonable depths (80 feet max) for what there was to see and there were a
small number of divers.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We stayed in a nice resort area, Hapuna Beach, but it was a long drive
south to Kona (about an hour, with a lot of traffic at times) to get to the
boat. Big Island Divers was a first rate operation: safety-conscious,
excellent service, and reasonable (for Hawaii) prices. They set up
equipment, helped with getting in/out, and have friendly and knowledgeable
guides. One DM (Frank) has a tendendcy to go fast which is a shame because
there are a lot more things to see if you take your time.  We went on two
of the famous night "manta dives"... we saw no mantas on one dive
but had wonderful encounters with 2 mantas on the other dive. To this
operation's credit, on the night we were skunked the dm (Frank) took us on
a series of "tours" that added up to a reasonable night dive. We
would leave the manta sight for 10 minutes and tour around, then come back
to see if the mantas had arrived; we did this for about an hour, but no
luck.  The other dive operations had left after only 20 minutes.
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