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Dive Review of Bottom Time Divers/Outrigger Keahou Hotel in
Hawaii/Big Island of Hawaii

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Diana Abrashkin, MA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3944
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, plus Fiji and Tahiti
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
74   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I did one 2-tank dive charter with Bottom Time Divers in Kona, HI (Big
Island).  The date was January 16, 2008.  The hotel I stayed at was the
Outrigger Keauhou, which was lovely and luxurious (at least for my humble
tastes) and right next to a fantastic snorkeling beach (no coral but plenty
of good fish).

The dives were pretty dreadful because of the cold.  The water was 75
degrees F., and although I had on a full 5 mil wetsuit, I had forgotten my
cap, gloves and full booties.  Not their fault.

The first dive was at 3:30PM, at least that was the assembling time,
because all the dives leave from the Harbor and they take you there by van:
I know of no Kona hotel with a dive pier right there.  (Maybe I'm wrong; if
you know of one,I'd be interested.)  The dive was mostly over volcanic
rubble, though there was an area of coral.

The second dive was billed as the Manta Dive and it was really torture.  We
descended to about 30 ft. and sat down in a circle, immobile.  The
divemasters got each of us a huge rock and put it in our laps so we
wouldn't be buoyant.  The drill is to point your divelight upward so it
attracts a lot of plankton and hope that the mantas will appear.  They had
said that "if we don't see any mantas after a while, we'll turn it
into a night dive"; but instead we waited there immobile for 25 whole
minutes.  I was freezing (even though I had added a 2-3mil vest under my
wetsuit), and was hoping we'd give up and do the night dive.  Finally after
25" one smallish manta showed up and he/she was very nice!  But after
15" of watching it, I had thoroughly had enough!!!!!! When we
eventually re-boarded, I was a basket case from the cold.

When I got back to my hotel room, I left a message for Bottom Time Divers
that I was too cold to do the dives the next day and to cancel me.  But
when I went around to the shop (in the hotel), I was told you need 48 hours
to cancel and they wouldn't give me my money back.  This seemed unfair
since 48 hours prior I was still in Boston!

What did I learn from this:  that Hawaii is not the Caribbean, and I'll
never again travel there in January!  The warmest air temperature was also
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