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Dive Review of Dive Makai/None in

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Tsugawa, CA, USA
Report Number 3037
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mendocino, Monterey, Channel Islands, Cozumel, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Able to dive own profile with strong encouragement to be responsible and
not exceed safe recreational parameters. Stay within visual contact with
guides, don't touch, collect, chase marine life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I had just switched from my trusty N5 system to a dual strobe digital
system and Dive Makai and Kona combination was about as good as it gets for
learning a new system. Very slow and stopped diving pace, very small groups
(as low as 2 - 6 max per guide), great pre-dive fish identification
briefings and extended bottom time at your ability. Crew was very careful
handling camera gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I had spent a fair amount of time researching which dive operator to go
with on Kona (my first trip there) and Dive Makai really stood out as one
of the only ones I was interested in (Pacific Rim looked good). After
emails and phone conversations with Tom Shockley (the original owner), I
was sold. Ive done a lot of diving in California and Micronesia over the
last 11 years and my experience with Dive Makai (and its new owner Mike
Henshaw) was nothing short of outstanding. I was trying out a new digital
camera system and Dive Makai and Kona waters were a great combination to
learn to shoot. All of the guides and Mike were fantastically friendly,
very service oriented, gave very detailed briefings of each site and most
importantly the fish we would try to see. I learned more about fish on this
trip then all the years of diving prior to this trip. We saw things not
many other dive operators would have been able to point out (blue stripe
pipefish, Whitley's boxfish, gigantic preganent frogfish and male side
kick, etc.) Slow paced dives (great for photographers) and I averaged 60-75
minute dives well within safe recreational diving parameters and computer
NDL. They were a great group and Tom found a great new owner to carry on
the traditions he had established over the years. I was not fortunate to
meet Tom in person or Dive with him, but his legacy surely lives on. It's
not a fancy operation, no shop, limited snacks but a very fun group to dive
with and oustanding service. They rinse and storage gear for multiple dive
days. A memorable experience and I highly recommend Dive Makai.

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