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Dive Review of Jack's Diving/ in

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jan C, WA, USA
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Report Number 5230
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Bonaire, Fiji, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Advanced dives - we dove our own profiles.  On the first dive, DM
restricted our bottom time, but on later dives we were on our computers and
dived until air or dive time ran out.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Good set up for cameras - large rinse tanks and camera tables.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
I am never sure how to report on Hawaii diving.  I love to dive but I also
like to see things when I dive.  The dive shop did a great job - their
customer service is great (even if the check in is always a little harried
and seems unorganized). Jack's boats are in good shape and once you are
onboard you are well taken care of.  The problems start once you get in the
water.  I listen to dive briefings, but I am skeptical about the part
raving what you will see - there are never any guarantees that there will
be all these great things - yes, it is possible, but well, let's get real,
it is a crap shoot about what will be at a site on a given day.  The
saddest thing about Hawaii diving is the lack of fish - we saw the same few
species on all three dives and nothing over 10 inches.  All small skittery
fish (guess I would be skittery too if I knew that there was a good chance
the person looking at me wanted to collect me for someone's aquarium).  I
was very disappointed with the quality of the reefs - there are hundreds of
urchins and crown of thorns - which eat up everything - and lots of algae.
Diving in Hawaii is also very expensive.  What I paid for an advanced dive
and the Manta dive was more than I paid for the condo for a week (ok, I got
a good deal on the condo, but still I think $225 is alot to pay for 3
dives).  I selected the advanced dives because I dive year round and didn't
want to be on a boat with students or folks who dive every couple years
when they go on vacation.  The other divers on the boat were good divers
and we averaged over 60 minutes per dive.  The manta dive is great - well,
great when they mantas show up - and for us they did.  The first dive is a
bust - no coral and very few fish.  It is possible to find a couple
interesting things - we saw a rare butterfly fish - but that really wasn't
enough for a whole dive.  The mantas are wonderful and it is great fun -
but again, 40 minutes of good fun (and not really diving, just sitting on
the bottom watching them) - for 2 dives isn't a great deal for your money. 
I am heading to Maui next month and will do some shore diving - will report
how that looks.  Last time there was lots of runoff from new homes being
built in the Kihei area - so we'll see.  Hawaii needs tourists to come
back, they need to think about their natural resources - and figure out how
to revive them because it will be a long time before I spend that much
money to see very little.
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