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Dive Review of Big Island Divers/Wyndham Hawaiian Resort in
Hawaii/Kona, Big Island

Big Island Divers/Wyndham Hawaiian Resort, Oct, 2013,

by Carol A Thompson, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 7219.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. John, USVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Central Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 35 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments My research indicated that the best operation on the island was Kona Diving Company. When I wrote to them a few weeks before our trip and asked for the dates we wanted, I was told those dates were open. When I called them with my credit card 2 days later, all three dates were gone. OK. What now?

KDC recommended Big Island Divers. I was bummed, being all out of ideas for an operator. I knew from previous experience the operations to avoid. Checked out the suggestion on Trip Advisor and the review for Big Island Divers were positive, so I went ahead and booked with them. Because this was not my well-researched plan, expectations were low, but I reasoned that if we didn't like them, we'd switch to another operator.

We did three 2-tank morning dives with Big Island Divers, and in 22 years of diving, this ranks up at the very top of our list of best operations. We have dived the Big Island on 3 other occasions over the last 14 years, and this was hands-down the best for macro-critters and even the big ones. We had already decided not to do the manta night dive as we've done it twice before. But that didn't ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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