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Dive Review of Big Island Water Sports/cruise in
Hawaii/Kona

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ron Steedman, FL, usa
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Report Number 3598
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
Due to our arrival time, on a cruise, we had no option other than to use
the cruise ship dive operation, as most independent operators leave early.
Although the dive operation itself was good, there was the normal problem
in diving with a cruise, too many inexperienced divers, preventing the
divemaster from doing much of anything other than preventing them from
getting lost or drowning. We were generally, having done many dives in the
Caribbean, disappointed with the diving due to a lack or corals and
gorgonians, and just the overall underwater topography. We dove Golden
Arches and Golden Eel sites, and did get to see fishes we dont normally
see in Florida or the Caribbean, such as Picasso triggers, Kole &
yellow tangs, Bird Nose wrasses, a school of needlefish, and also a Crown
of thorns, and some variations of other fishes. Black sand was unusual, and
the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful, and well worth a visit, but I wouldnt
make this trip for the diving.
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