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Dive Review of Big Island Divers/N/A in
Hawaii/Kona

Big Island Divers/N/A, Jul, 2011,

by Larry Sandusky, ID, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6159.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving, 65 min max declared but not observed. Depth limited by crew selected dive sites, max observed 115 ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Day boat offering 1 plastic water tub for cameras only

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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