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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Hilton Waikoloa in
Hawaii

Dive Makai/Hilton Waikoloa, Feb, 2008,

by John Keith, UT, USA (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3957.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Saba, Cabo San Lucas, other Hawaian islands, Monterey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 24 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Safety stop; computers required
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water bucket only.

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As indicated in other reader reports, this is a really great dive operation. The dive masters were very good about going slowly and pointing out critters, etc. They all did very detailed briefings, including what to look for and where to look. You could dive your own profile, but you risked not seeing all the goodies. We saw reef sharks but no other large animals. Saw dolphins on the way out and the way in. Saw several very nice eels, including a couple that were free swimming. Dive masters were great at finding nudibrachia and other small critters. They were also very respectful of the animals and coral. No puffer fish being blown up; no coral being handled and broken. All the dive masters had great personalities, as well. It would have been nice to have a dive shop to go to, but that was a very minor lack. We WILL go back to the Big Island and we WILL dive with Dive Makai again - the sooner the better.
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