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

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Eckes, CA, United States
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5208
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, La Paz, Fiji, Galapagos, Hawaii (Oahu, Maui and Lanai),
Philippines, Palau, Yap, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my first dive trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. My girlfriend,
Margi, and I scored big by diving with Jacks Diving Locker, owned by Jeff
and Teri Leicher. They run the consummate dive operation: large retail
center, pool, training facilities, and several well-maintained dive boats.
Their staff is second to none.

We signed up for virtually every boat trip available. During the day we
were taken to a number of divesites, most with some form of lava tube
structures. We encountered a variety of sealife. The boat crew, captains
and divemasters, were exceptional. On one boat trip, during our surface
interval, we encountered three pilot whales followed by an oceanic whitetip
shark. Jeff invited us to jump in and snorkel with them, our best surface
interval ever!

The signature dive of the Big Island is the night-time manta dive. We loved
the mantas so much that we booked three night dives to see and photograph
them. The manta dives were even more special with Keller as divemaster.
Keller founded the Manta Pacific Research Foundation which is dedicated to
studying and protecting the manta ray population. It was fun listening to
Keller describe the mantas as if they were his own children. 

My favorite dive was Jacks Thursday night dive, Pelagic Magic. This dive
is limited to six divers and takes place three miles off-shore in the deep
blue. Each diver is tethered to a fifty foot line which they can ascend and
descend. The boat is anchored with an under-sea parachute.  Our Pelagic
Magic dive outing included five divers with two safety divers in the water.
Shining our lights into the abyss we saw a variety of small life forms with
a pyrosome being my favorite.

As previously mentioned, their dive operation is first class. All staff
members are knowledgable, courteous, and helpful. We were made to feel like
extended family during the week spent with Jacks. They rinsed our gear
after each boat trip. At the end of each day they would store our gear for
us and have it waiting for us the next day. Each boat trip included gourmet
sandwiches, although on a couple occasions there were not enough for all
divers.  Jacks staff also produced high quality videos of our dives. 

Diving Hawaii is pricy. However, Jacks is the place to dive with if you
want to be pampered. 
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