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Dive Review of Jacks Dive Locker/ Keahou in
Hawaii/ Big Island

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry, Mi., U.S.A.
Report Number 570
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
 Visited Hawaii directly after Australia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
 We specifically choose the Big Island to dive with the Mantas, Jacks Dive
Locker claims to have an 80% success.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
 One bucket for cameras, DMs did help in giving camera to divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
 It was a chance that there might be Mantas, we knew this going into the
dive. There were no sightings. The coral was not in great shape, some was
damaged due to divers. The Manta dive is first dove in the daylight, then
dove latter after dark with lights the DMs have placed on the bottom.
We were quite dissapointed with the dive site. Not much to look at,
volcanic boulders and a bit of coral and a few fish, - very few. The
reasoning that has gone into the Manta dive is that divers will be
accustomed to the area if it is dove in the day, which is reasonable. The
problem then is that the DMs tell those that aren't sure about their
wieghts, that they should add a couple of pounds, so that when the Mantas
show up they will stay on the bottom, the problem here is divers that are
now overwieghted are stepping and walking around on the coral as well as
stirring up the bottom. I was quite discussted that the DMs would let this
happen. I watched as a couple of new divers trashed and thrashed around. My
attitude would most likely be different if Mantas had shown up, now I feel
like I need a refund!
We dove the folowing day with Jacks Dive Loker as well. Two dives that
were; one, not much better than the night before, the second dive being the
best of the two at Golden Arches.
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