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

Jack's Diving Locker/Orchid at Muana Lani, Mar, 2002,

by Eric A. Frick, IL, USA . Report 52.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes & many Caribbean locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 73 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were limited to 1 hour or whenever we hit 500 p.s.i.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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