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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Royal Kona in
Hawaii

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Hamernick, MN, US (2 reports)
"Manta diving"
Report Number 8056
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Truk, Australia, all the main Hawaiian islands, all three
Cayman islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Bonaire, Roatan, Florida Keys.....
Closest Airport
Kona
Getting There
Most airlines fly direct to
Kona from the US mainland.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Even though in the dive briefing they did talk about being back on the boat
with 500 psi, that was about it.  They basically let you stay in the water
as long as you wanted.  No one ever forced you out.  We had some very long
dives with the shallow water.  Our average dive depth was 40 to 50 feet.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
The boat we were on had a nice large table for cameras.  The dive staff did
a ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
This trip was planned with Manta dives in mind.  Unfortunately, we got to
the island the day before hurricane Ana hit.  Lucky for us it passed 85
miles to the south but we did lose a few days of diving because of the
storm.  When we finally got in the water the seas were about 3 to 4 feet
with a strong surge beneath the waves.  This is highly unusual for the Kona
coast.  We did our Manta dive on our first dive day.  The boat was packed
with 18 divers and seven snorkelers and a half dozen dive guides.  The
Manta dive was incredible!  A few people didn't make it because they got
sick.  Th ...
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By Haponski at Mar 06, 2015 23:31 EST  
Any details on the location or name of the sites?
Did you rent tanks from Jacks for the shore diving or get them somewhere
else?
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