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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Vacation Rental Home - Aloha House in
Hawaii/Big Island - Kona Coast

Jack's Diving Locker/Vacation Rental Home - Aloha House, Feb, 2007,

by Craig Lazanich, CA, USA . Report 3208.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Aruba; Mendocino Coast; Channel Islands; Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel; Monterey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 72 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guidelines were given - if using computer you could dive up to your own limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We shore dove at Honaunau (Place of Refuge) off two step - this was a nice dive with lots of coral and lots of reef fish. We also shore dove at Kealakekua bay. This dive was shallow (under 35 feet) - also lots of coral and reef fish. We rented all our gear from Jack's Diving Locker (JDL) for the shore diving. They provided site maps and directions for good shore diving. We dove off their boat for the night Manta Ray dive. They do a nice 2 tank dive and allow you to dive your own profile while still guiding the group. The boat is small and the head stinks to high heaven. There is very little bench space and little shade. They take a max of 12 divers and 4 snorklers on this dive. Our trip had 12 divers and 3 snorklers. They did a good job on safety and site briefing. Both dives are at the same site. The split the group in 2 and a DM led each group. Shep & Jim were very knowledgable about the site and the sea life we encountered. JDL stresses conservation and protection of the mantas and careful instructions to the divers. The mantas were amazing and we could also hear the whales in the distance. A little more food to eat during the surface interval would have been nice since the dive goes from 3pm - 9pm (or tell you ahead of time to bring dinner). They provided a 1/2 sandwich, potato chips and chips ahoy cookies.

We only saw turtles while snorkling. We did not see any dolphins.
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