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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Kona Sea Village in

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Back, WA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3791
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
British Columbia, Washington state
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
A group of ten divers and 4 snorkelers spent Halloween week in Kona staying
at Sea Village, booked through SunQuest Vacations.  My wife and I have been
diving with Jack's for 8 years now with everyone else making their first
Kona dives.  The weather was fantastic with flat surface conditions.  We
dived sites from Garden Eels up north to Driftwood down south.  The staff
at Jack's always delivers a great experience.  It started with the newest
boat, the Kea Nui, which is the only way to fly-plenty of room to stretch
out, dedicated camera space, and lots of shade.  Keller, Doug, Eli, and
Patrick, along with Captains Danny and Roger, left no details unattended
for the four days we dived.  Gear is delivered to the boat and set up for
you, broken down, rinsed, and stored back at the shop.  The first day
started with a Manta fly-by within the first two minutes of the dive...a
good omen of things to come.  The next day was the Manta dive and things
just got better with Mantas on the afternoon dive and 12 during the Manta
dive.  The next two days of diving covered sites down south with one
surface interval at the Captain Cook monument in Kealakakua Bay and another
enjoying a rare visit with a large pod of bottlenose dolphins.  On a group
day off, six of us went out on the Pelagic Magic blackwater dive.  Just
seeing the stars from three miles off the coast was incredible and the dive
was surreal.  I would have never considered this dive in the past and now
can't wait to get back to do it again.  If you only enjoy big critters,
this might not be your dive, but if you want to see things you've never
seen or imagined, don't miss it.  Various members of the group also sampled
the shore diving.  It's really nice to pick up your gear where it's stored
for you at the shop, dive, and return it to a locker, as opposed to washing
gear in the condo.  The shop staff was extremely helpful, with a special
thanks to Angela.  You can't go wrong with these folks.  At the end of the
trip there were no complaints.  One snorkeler took the giant stride on a
Try Scuba trip and immediately planned to get certified after getting home.
 Another of the group has been diving for more years than I'm allowed to
say, and after many years in the industry with trips covering the globe,
rated this trip one of the best he has ever taken, this after trips on the
Nautilus Explorer to Port Hardy in June and to  Mexico for the Great Whites
in September.  Not to be missed is the beer and the pizzas at the Kona
Brewing pub.
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