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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Hilton Waikoloa in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Keith, UT, USA
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3957
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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

Water Temp
24   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop; computers required  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Fresh water bucket only.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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