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Dive Review of Kohala Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island (Hawaii)

Kohala Divers, Sep, 2007,

by Charles W Donaldson, OR, United States ( 2 reports). Report 3544.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Puget Sound, California Channel Islands, Baja, Roatan, Maui, Lanai, Big Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 72 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive as allowed by your computer, 50 minute target, but not strictly enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Tank only for cameras, crew helpful in getting cameras in and out of water.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Kohala Divers is located at the Kawaihae Shopping Center ,Kawaihae, HI 96743 which is north up the Kohala Coast from Kona on the Big Island. We stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa which is about 30 minutes north of Kona and 25 minutes south of Kawaihae. Given the terrible traffic conditions trying to get into Kona from the north, going up the coast looked good to us. That turned out to be a good decision.
I contacted Kohala Divers via their web site and got an informative response within about 12 hours. After researching Undercurrent and Scuba Board, I called and reserved two days worth of diving for my adult son and myself. After we arrived on the Big Island I checked in and found my reservation in order as booked.
On our first day, we had 7 divers and 2 DMs. A boat briefing was conducted before the boat left the dock. The two refresher divers went off with their instructor and the other DM led our two dives. She provided a good dive site and critter briefing before the dive. Entry is from the back of the boat. Divers sit down, put on their fins while the crew humps your BC to a location behind you and helps you put it on. Dives stand up and do a giant stride into the water. We were advised to descend with our buddies and hang out in the vicinity of the boat until the DM had all divers in the water and down.
On both days we dove, the DM let those wishing to follow on a tour of the dive site. The offer was made to allow buddy pairs to dive on their own if they wished.
The North Kohala Coast is less visited than the area around Kona and the lack of diver and other impact shows in the excellent condition of the Coral and abundance of critters. On our 3d dive we saw a flight of 3 Eagle Rays that appeared unbothered by out appearance. Swim throughs and lava tubes were available on each site and the DMs were happy to take those who wanted to vist them inside. Alternative routes were offered for those who did not.
I would rate the dive operation, its equipment and especially the staff as excellent. On my next visit to the Big Island, I will happily dive with them.
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