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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Outrigger Kualoa Beach Resort in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Traylor, TX, US
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Report Number 6403
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Fiji, Bahamas, Bonaire, La Paz, Belize,
Caymans, Maldives, Texas Flower Gardens, Roatan, Palau, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Try to surface after 60 min. on a couple of dives due to time needed to
reach the next site.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were large dedicated rinse tanks on the boat with a modest-sized
dedicated table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Jack's is a large shop and dive operation and my group of about 20 fitted
easily onto the boat. Keller, the divemaster, and the crew were
professional and helpful. Oxygen and first-aid supplies were available
along w/ life jackets.  One can rent anything needed.  Snacks and
sandwiches were served during the surface interval between dives as well as
cool water and juice.  However, divers were required to find their wetsuit
after it was rinsed and all the rest of their kit from the tanks and place
them in their mesh bags (divers' own) before the boat docked; I haven't
encountered this anywhere else.  The divemasters handed out business-sized
cards after each trip w/ their names and the sites we dove.
The reefs were healthy-looking w/o any fans or gorgonians.  Lots of reef
fish of all types as well as the featured Flame Angel. Critters were hard
to find.  Very few big fish.  Visibility is not as good as many Caribbean
locales.  The highlight is the night dive w/ manta rays doing aquabatics as
they filter feed the plankton attracted by the divers' lights.  It's not
like the consecration ceremony in "Parsifal", but rather scores
of divers draped all over coral heads along w/ many more snorkelers looking
down from above.  It is also a bit annoying to have more people loaded onto
an already crowded boat for this one dive.  
I also recommend the Expedia "Local Experts" scattered around the
resorts for the best deals on shore excursions (and there are some very
good ones).
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