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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Kona Islander Inn in
Hawaii/Kona (West Coast)

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Swan, CA, USA
Report Number 1030
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
First Time
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They let you dive to the end of your tank and computer limits.  I did see
one diver with reef gloves using them to pull himself along the bottom.  I
was not aware of anyone saying anything to him.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Had two large buckets on board for soaking cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Recently got certified (Open Water) with Jack's Diving Locker in Kona,
Hawaii.  My instructor, Doug Farr, was excellent. He was patient,
competent, and answered all of our questions which must have numbered in
the hundreds.  My fellow classmate was a twelve year old boy, who needed a
little extra help, especially in the classroom.  Doug was very helpful, and
at the same time let me work on my own pace so I did not have to wait
around.  The boat was more than adequate.  The entire crew was very helpful
and did their best to meet the needs of all passengers.  After our first
dive, the captain spotted a group of Pilot Whales and we were treated to 15
minutes following about 6-8 whales on our interval.  The coral is boring
and the sea life minimal.  Did see some great turtles and a baby reef

The Kona Islander is one level above a dive.  They have inadequate parking,
never had maid service the whole week, and the food in the area was okay at
best.  My best two meals were at Subway!

On my last day diving, I went on a Manta Ray Night Dive with Kona Coast
Divers (Jack's was booked).  Kona Coast spends the entire dive (50 minutes)
with the Mantas, so you will get your fill.  Snorkelers come too, and watch
from the surface.  It was fantastic.  We had at least 12 mantas that put on
a great show.  My dive guide, Steve, took great care of me, knowing I was
new.  I might have gotten into trouble getting back to the boat without his
help.  This dive would probably entertain divers of any level.  I will
remember it the rest of my life.

The next day I went to the volcano on the south side of the Island.  The
lava was flowing and was a fantastic experience.  

My recommedations would be to stay on the West side for only a couple of
days and do the night Manta Ray dive and maybe one other day of diving.  Be
sure to book the Manta Ray dive in advance.  As far as I can tell it is
only offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.  Spend the rest of your
time on the East side spending time at the Volcano and rainforest areas.
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