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Dive Review of Dive Makai in
Hawaii/Kailua-Kona

Dive Makai, Nov, 2003,

by Rick and Pamela Gordon, WA, USA . Report 891.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Washington State, British Columbia, California, Rhode Island, Maui, Kauai, Cozumel, Acumal, Cabo, Zihuatenejo, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Tahiti, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth Limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We selected Dive Makai based on reviews in Chapbook. They met our expectations. Like most boat diving in Hawaii, the attitude is pretty laid back and friendly and the diving is easy, but on the other hand, the dive operations are very professional and follow procedures more so than at other dive destinations around the world, starting with removal of shoes before boarding to the fairly extensive dive briefings and "follow-behind-the-leader" style diving. But the Dive Makai divemasters (Lisa, Kendra, Kay, Alexa) all are knowledgible and are excellent at finding the various critters which were requested pre-dive and also those criters which are rare and unique, so there was lots to see on every dive. Discussions between and after dives was always informative with good snacks provided. We also made dives with Sandwich Isle Divers and Kona Coast Divers and had good experiences with them also. We booked with the others because Dive Makai was fully booked on some of the days we wanted to dive. Next time, we will book well in advance.
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