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

Jacks Dive Locker/ Keahou, Jul, 2003,

by Jerry, Mi., U.S.A. . Report 570.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Visited Hawaii directly after Australia.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We specifically choose the Big Island to dive with the Mantas, Jacks Dive Locker claims to have an 80% success.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments One bucket for cameras, DMs did help in giving camera to divers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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