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Dive Review of Big Island Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne Johnson, WA, US
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Report Number 5724
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, NC wrecks, central FL caverns, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
65 minutes or 500 psi remaining. Let DM know when your tank reached 1500
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
They had a standard camera bucket on the boat only. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
     I chose Big Island divers because they were willing to give a discount
for multiple days booked with them. We did 3 days of two tank dives, two
manta Ray dives, and a backwater dive.
     Let's start with what I didn't like: we chartered a 3 tank long range
trip when I booked over 6 weeks out. When we checked in at the shop in Kona
we were told that they didn't have the staffing to support the long range
dive day. That was disappointing because I had heard that diving Three
Rooms was quite a treat to the south of the typical sites. We were told to
be at the marina at 8:30 each morning. Being respectful, we showed up about
15 minutes early, at 8:15. Turns out that we beat the boat to the marina. 
We finally boarded and left the harbor at around 9:10 or so. My gear was
assembled incorrectly and their was no nitrox log on board. We brought our
own analyzers and corrected the assembly.  Our dive master was relatively
new, finding a few critters and got us back to the boat. She started the
first dive with us swimming down current and fighting it on the way back. 
     Here's what we DID like: they let us dive our tanks down to 500 psi,
not pulling us out after 45 mins. While Our Dm might have been new she was
friendly and enthusiastic. There were dry towels waiting for us when we
surfaced and a cooler full of drinks and water. Half sandwiches were served
on the surface interval and snacks consisted of pretzels and popcorn. After
the first morning an analyzer was present and gear was assembled correctly.
Tardiness on their part was still an issue since we were typically the last
boat at a site. 
     The manta Ray dive was really cool but the highlight for me was the
blackwater dive which was epic. Suspended on a 40 ft tether in 5000 ft of
water to watch the small stuff drift by was unique. This is a must-do dive
for those that can handle a little pucker factor in the beginning of the
     The last day we dove Ripoff Reef right outside the marina and swam
with 50+ dolphins. 
     Overall I would consider diving with Big Island Divers again if Kona
Honu or Dive Makai were full again.   
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