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Dive Review of DiveTek in

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Korn, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3381
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Fiji, Cozumel, Monterey, Channel Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits gently enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They dedicated a large rinse bucket for my camera (I was the only
photographer both days), and handled my gear well.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
DiveTek ( was *fabulous*  For a small extra fee,
they provided steel tanks for my wife and I (96cuft for me, 116cuft for her
- different sizes by my request).  They took good care of us, and were
especially accommodating of my wife's needs (she has rheumatoid arthritis,
and they allowed her to walk down into the water via their stairs, and then
helped her don her pre-weighted BC; the reverse returning from the dive). 
They checked in with us a fair amount at first (good as my wife is still a
fairly new diver), then rapidly cut back from that as we demonstrated our

I was further amazed at how large & nice their boat was, especially in
relation to the number of divers (space for ~40 tanks behind the benches,
half covered).  We dove with them 2 days.  The first day there were three
staff (our guide Janice, the owner Keith, and the boat captain), four
diving customers, and one staff friend diving (with a rebreather).  Second
day my wife and I were the only paying customers, with two staff (same
guide & captain) and the same rebreathing staff friend.  Another
accommodation for us: instead of their usual 7:30am departure time they
departed at 9am, allowing us time to drive the 90 minutes to Kona from our
family's place in Naahlehu (we were the first to book, so our desire set
the departure time).

My one, minor complaint: our wetsuits didn't get enough of a rinse by the
staff, especially as we left them overnight for the second dive.

We saw eagle rays, dolphins, octopuses, nudibranchs, trumpet & cornet
fish, the beautiful egg rose of a Spanish Dancer, a frog fish, and of
course lots of eels (especially at the Garden Eel Cove site) and other
local fish.  Thanks to our larger capacity tanks, our dives lasted from
53-74 minutes (at max depths ranging from 54-76 feet). 

The only experience I have had as close as nice to this from an operation
was with Living Underwater in Cozumel in 2002.  I had more fun diving there
(because it was Cozumel), and while their staff was/is great, this staff
experience was better - especially given my wife's needs (she wasn't with
me in Cozumel).
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