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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Orchid at Muana Lani in
Hawaii/Kona Coast - Big Island

March, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Eric A. Frick, IL, USA
Report Number 52
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes & many Caribbean locations
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were limited to 1 hour or whenever we hit 500 p.s.i.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a camera rinse tank on the boat and photographers were catered to
but not in a lavish manner.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Diving: Kona Coast diving was as nice as I thought it would be.  The staff
at Jack's was friendly and helpful.  The 2-tank trips begin at 8:30 but you
don't get back until 3:30 or so.  It isn't that the trips to the reefs are
that long but it takes them a while to assemble their guests, transport
them (a 5 to 15 minute van trip) to the dock & get under way.  I won't
say that their 38' boat was overloaded, but it certainly was filled to
capacity with 14 divers.  Like just about everything else in Hawaii, this
was no bargain: Their 2-tank trip is priced at $98.  I would say that a
full 3mm wetsuit is the minimum a diver would want.  Divers more sensitive
to the cold may want to bring more protection.  The evening manta dive was
an experience I would suggest that everyone try at least once.

Accomodations: The Orchid is swank and expensive.  It is at least a 30 min.
drive from the Orchid to the dive shop in Kona.
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