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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Kona Coast Resort, Phase II in
Hawaii/Kona

Dive Makai/Kona Coast Resort, Phase II, Jun, 2007,

by Lee Fenner, OH, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 3391.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Tobermory, Kauai, Roatan, The Keys, Destin
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 75 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft depth limit, no decompression diving, 300 psi remaining back on board
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Medium-sized rinse tub on boat (also used for lights). Dry area upfront.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Dive Makai is a high quality operation. Their website information is accurate. Boat takes maximum of 12; 10 on adventure (3-tank) days. Dives are guided with max group size of six. Divemasters and owner, Mike (who also dives and drives the boat some days), are extremely friendly, fun, and safety conscious; but do not impose time limits. They guide using a nice, slow pace and make sure everyone sees the critters. We dove with them six days in row. Manta Ray 2-tank night dive is a must! 1st dive is late afternoon fam dive for area orientation. 2nd dive starts after dark. We saw two mantas up close and personal. We watched them and a friendly moray eel for 30 minutes before finishing the hour dive with a tour. Towels, dry area, water, tang, and snacks (Costco cookies, carrots, trail mix, and chex mix) are provided. They will keep BC/reg, mask/fins when diving multiple days, but you must take wet gear off boat. They rinse gear daily and your wet stuff if you want to wait. Boat is ideal for diving and is trailered. You meet in the Honokohau Harbor parking lot and wait for launch at one of two boat ramps. They use steel 80 cu ft tanks and start you with six less lbs than you normally use. Of our 13 dives, only one was less than a hour. We got back about 12:30 to 1 p.m. from 2-tank days and at 5:30 p.m. from the 3-tank. Humane pee rule is briefed. If you pee in your wetsuit, they ask you remove your wetsuit and boots before moving off the back of the boat and then rinse yourself and wet gear in the ocean. Rear deck area is large with two ladders, so this isn't too tough to do.

Make sure you visit the seahorse aqua farm (www.seahorse.com) about 5 miles from the harbor. They run tours M-F and you can make 2 p.m. tour after diving. Reservations are required.

Kona coast underwater topography is beautiful with lava swim-throughs and pinnacles. Not very fishy and large critters sightings are rare. Standard reef fish with some endemic to Hawaii. Saw three sharks and three turtles over the six days. Dolphin schools were spotted on surface. Despite surge most of the time (down to about 20 ft), conditions are great for beginners and those wanting nice, easy, peaceful dives.

Kona Coast Resort is about 7 miles south of Kailua-Kona and is a timeshare complex surrounded by golf courses. Some units have ocean view. We exchanged a portion our Disney timeshare points for a week in a Phase II two-bedroom, two-bath unit. Units are superb and kept up in near immaculate condition!
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