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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Kona Hawaiian Village in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra J. Walzer, AZ, USA
Report Number 1341
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Several of the Carribean Islands, Cozumel, Bonaire, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were given a choice of suggested places to dive, and if one of us had
been to a particular spot, we were asked if we would mind doing it again.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Since I take terrible pictures on land, I don't even attempt to take them
UW!  Do admire those who are able to capture the beauty of the sea on film.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
I really wish I had scheduled ALL of my dives before leaving home, since
there were a few I would have enjoyed, but they were filled by the time I
got to the island.  DM is primarily a family operation that has been in
business for 30 years.  They are extremely safety conscious; both of their
divers and the underwater enviornment.  As a senior diver, who does not get
in the water as often as she'd like, I felt very comfortable and
appreciated the time and patience given to me to get my gills wet again. 
Thorough briefings were given before every dive as to what we could expect
to see -- which was very helpful, especially when you were looking at
something like a juvenile rockfish!  I think it's a 6 to 1 ratio of
divermaster to divers, and they all seemed to know where every little
critter was hiding.  The boat was comfortable, but did not have a head, and
the snacks were just okay.  However, the fun, devoted, and knowledgeable
crew made up for any shortcomings.  I will be one of those
"repeat" customers the next time I go to Kona.
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