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

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Lazanich, CA, USA
Report Number 3208
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Aruba; Mendocino Coast; Channel Islands; Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guidelines were given - if using computer you could dive up to your own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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