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

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
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Report Number 5131
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Caymans,Channel Islands, Puget Sound, Texas Lakes,Roatan,
Monterey, Sonoma Coast, Kauai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  Follow your dive computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Superb rise tanks, protected camera tables, expert care and handling of
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Best dive operation on the Big Island and I've dove with most of them over
the years.  Jack's service is consistently outstanding in all aspects. 
Great shop personnel, great divemasters, great captains. On this trip I did
two 3-tank advanced dive trips and one 2-tank trip. Great dive briefs--not
too sketchy and not too detailed---just perfect and given by very competent
and knowledgeable DMs. Jack's is a superb shop for starting or continuing
dive training with a large number of experienced instructors, master
instructors, and a course director on staff.  Nitrox available with solid
fills and accurate oxygen content.  Boats, shop, and equipment all
top-notch and not the worn look or feel you see in some shops.  Jack's
stays on top of all maintenance and cosmetics. We saw plenty of reef
sharks, mantas, turtles, eels, and the whole variety of typical Hawaiian
reef fish and healthy coral formations. These folks make you feel a part of
the family when you dive with them from the very instant you enter their
shop through the completion of your diving.  Quite frankly, they are the
best dive shop I've ever used--anywhere! All dives were over one-hour,
water temps averaged 80 to 81 degrees.  This is Nitrox country for you
divers without enriched air certification if you want the extended bottom
times that are possible here.  Those divers on air had to ascend way before
the rest of us who were on Nitrox.  Jack's is a great place to pick up
enriched air certification id you haven't been certified for it yet.  It's
well worth the $15 cost per tank of enriched air diving here. Food on the
dive boats is always top-shelf.  On the 3-tank you get appetizers between
the first and second dive and hoagies, chips, cookies, all assorted soft
drinks, fruit,and they serve you!  Vegitarians are accomodated.  Jack's
leads the dive industry on the Big Island in environmental protection with
a no touch policy and they were the dive company that pushed for installed
mooring points instead of anchor use and they maintain the moorings for the
benfit of the other dive operations and preservation of the ecology of the
island.  Even on their advanced, exploratory diving when forced to anchor,
they take the added precaution of dislodging the anchor and attaching it to
a lift bag in order to lift it withour dragghing across the bottom---where
else to you see such care and consideration?  You won't be disappointed
with this dive operation and they want your input before selecting dive
spots and will work to get you the type and location of diving that you
want. A++
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