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Dive Review of Dive Makai in
Hawaii/Kona

Dive Makai, Jun, 2009,

by John Woolley, WA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4874.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Puget Sound, Roatan, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Reasonable expectation to surface with enough air for a safety margin.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Poor Hawaii. Having read a reader report bemoaning the loss of fish in Hawaii's reefs, I thought I was prepared. But I wasn't. Reefs are the ocean's nursery and Hawaiian's have murdered their young. I'm told that there are no limits on the taking of reef fish, most of which go to the commercial aquarium trade. Whatever the reason, Hawaiians' need to wake-up to what they are doing. While the Manta night dive was absolute magic, it is a manufactured event. The true joy of diving is experiencing the natural underwater world. I've now experienced Hawaii's and it ain't pretty.

When you go, to try to salvage the experience, try the following: 1.) Manta night dive; 2.) The "adventure dive", which means actually taking the boat far enough to find some fish. While very expensive ($205 for three tanks), you at least get some insight to what diving use to be like; and, 3.) Take your rental car on a day trip to the Volcano National Park. As a hard core diver, it is hard for me to say, but I will: the land adventure to the volcano out-shined the diving.

Poor Hawaii. I hope the rest of the world doesn't try to catch-up.
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