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Dive Review of Jack's Dive Locker in
Hawaii/Big Island

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
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Report Number 4465
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Caymans, Monterey CA,Channel Islands, Puget Sound, Kauai, Niihau,
Texas, Philippines, Sonoma coast
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
"Pelagic Magic" Night Dive, Advanced dives, Classic dives
performed with Jack's.  While all the diving done with Jack's was superb,
the Night Pelagic Dive was the most unusual of dives. Three miles off Kona
while drifting in the current with a parachute in the water attached to the
bow, you descend to 20-60 feet tethered to a weighted line attached to the
boat.  You are in complete darkness broken only by our dive lights and the
camera lights used by the crew.  Cost was $165 and well worth it for this
extraordinary experience.  My dive time on air was 86 minutes, multi-level,
wearing a full 3mm suit with 3mm hood and vest underneath with reef gloves
and boots. Almost fully protected from jellyfish and nicely warm, I saw
creatures that come right out of your wildest imagination.  These
gelatinous animals are mesmerizing to watch and possess incredible colors
and movements. Jack's does a superb job of ensuring diver safety and a once
in a lifetime experience.  This dive is not for the faint-hearted as it
takes some gumption to go into 6000 ft water at night, tethered to a line
making you look exactly like bait on a hook to whatever chooses to come by
to see what you are. The crew cautions you to NOT URINATE in your wetsuit
because they have seen it attract "toothed predators."  They also
advise you that you will be getting out of the water if any show up...which
very rarely happens but has.  We saw none but did see a variety of drift
fish, box jellyfish, squid, and the assorted and amazing gelatinous
creatures.  The dive was just cited in the October '08 issue of Sport Diver
Magazine for more info.  Do it and don't miss it if you dive the Big
The adventure dives and classic dives done through Jack's were well-handled
by very courteous and well-knowledged crews. We saw large
hammerheads(10ft)and five white-tipped reef sharks (4-5ft) as well as very
large mantas off in the blue on the advanced dives and Mantas near the
shore on the classic dives.  Advanced dives were deep to start (110') and
drift dives with boat following above in light current south of Kona near
the "Red Hills" dive site. Nitrox 32 available at $15 per tank
and they are very accurate at 31.8 to 31.9 % O2 with great fill pressures
on all air or NITROX at 3100-3000 psi with aluminum 73's, 80's and some
smaller tanks. Dive boats are comfortable and well maintained.  Crew
assembles your equipment for you and rinses it.  You stipulate the weight
you require and they also load that for you.  A well-stocked main and
harbor-side dive shop provides you all the essential equipment should you
need something or desire to rent your equipment.   Jack's also provided a
nice dive site map for the "Place of Refuge" and the Two-step
entry area for the bay.  These shore dives were just plain fun to do with
both deep and shallow fish-filled areas with plentiful life and great
underwater topography. Great place for beginners with very benign
entry/exits.  Beautiful colors and life here make it a must dive for all.
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