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Dive Review of Big Island Divers/N/A in

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Sandusky, ID, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6159
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, PNG, Cozumel, Belize, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving, 65 min max declared but not observed.   Depth
limited by crew selected dive sites, max observed 115 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Day boat offering 1 plastic water tub for cameras only
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
Very accommodating and cheerful crew, service attitude outstanding.  Took
all of our gear, cleaned and rinsed each day as well as after we were
finished diving (3 days).   Discount for multi-day diving.   Very safety
conscious, more than helpful getting in and out of the water.   They were
terrific with inexperienced divers in the group and sincerely tried to
split up groups by experience.   However, a mix of Discover Scuba divers
and a range of experience among certified divers meant that all certified
divers were lumped as a group and the lowest common denominator limited
dives.  Dive sites for all 3 days were no further than 15 minutes from
Honokohau Harbor.    Were the dives pleasant and dive staff extremely
helpful?   Yes, certainly.  Were the dives exciting or did they attempt to
showcase any of Kona's famous big animals beyond the dolphins at the
harbor?   No.     We did like Big Island's staff, their attitude and
professionalism.    However, the diving is limited by their business
strategy and dive site selection.    It's their business, and we might dive
with them again, but experienced divers will generally want more.  As
former Aloha Dive (no longer in business) customers, it was a letdown.
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