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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by J. Ferguson, VA, USA
Report Number 1867
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean and Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Optionally led by divemaster, but always time at the end of the dive to
finish tank  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We dove with Dive Makai for four days on the Kona Coast. They leave early
from Honokohau Harbor. Be prepared for a pretty smelly place from all of
the fishing boats.

Dive Makai is famous for their detailed dive briefings. Dont rush into
getting your gear on  the briefings are something like 15+ minutes. They
give you info on what to expect underwater  the layout of the dive site,
currents, and most importantly what kind of critters and fish you should
look for. Not only do you see pictures during the dive briefing, but you
learn about fish behavior and how they change from juveniles to adults. In
one place, they told us about a hybrid tang and where to look for it! After
the dive, be prepared for the talk of what everyone saw and the picture
books will come out to identify the finds.

If you can, try to fit in their Adventure Day. They go places outside of
their normal areas  which is fun for the crew and passengers. Heres where
you become very aware that they have no head on the boat. 

Dive Makai is being sold, but I understand that most of the crew will be
staying. Each of the divemasters are great.
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