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Dive Review of Kohala Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island, Hawaii

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne Joseph, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5731
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
76   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay with the group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
I prefer it not be left in the camera tank while the boat is moving as that
is when I seem to get leaks.  But, there was plenty of space for me to
store it by the seats.
The dive guide moved too fast to find many subjects to shoot.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was our 4th trip to the big island & we wanted to stay in Kohala
area & dive this coast.  We had arranged 2 boat dives with Kohala
Divers & the night manta dive with Dive Makai.  The week before we left
we received an email from Dive Makai that they were going out of business. 
So we had to change our dive reservations & went with Big Island
Divers.  We also arranged a day boat dive with Pacific Rim Divers.  These
last 2 dive boats leave from Honokohau Harbor in Kona.
Kohala Divers is located in Kaiwahae where their boat is docked across the
street from their shop.  The shop & boat are very nice & well
equipped.  The boat has all the necessary emergency & first aid gear
that is needed.  The crew is friendly & very helpful.  They troll for
fish when going to the dive sites and caught a large ono on one of the
trips.  The dive guide we had for both boat dives would do a 5 min.
briefing then wanted us to stay with her during the dive. We would descend,
she would try to find some critters with limited success (the vis was bad
due to large swells that were present).  We saw a few turtles, eels, wire
coral gobies, a long nose hawkfish, & a very tiny bright yellow bubble
shell(?) the size of a grain of sand.  The only negative was that she moved
around faster than any guide I've been with in quite some time.  Not enough
time to look for other critters. Saw many more yellow tangs than when
diving the Kona area & some beautiful coral formations, even when
snorkeling off our beach.  

Big Island Divers also ran a good operation.  They were very friendly,
helpful, & safe.  Their boat was smaller than Kohala Divers & a
little cramped.  The manta dive is quite an experience that every diver
should do. It can be quite a zoo when there are about 20 mantas  & 
40-50 divers & snorkelers, but still enjoyable.

Pacific Rim Divers also has a smaller boat, but they only take 6 divers
& there is plenty of space. They are very friendly, helpful, &
safe. One of the divers was so seasick he couldn't even do the first dive. 
After we did the dive they returned to the harbor to drop him and his wife
off, then went back out to do the 2nd dive. They run their dives like the
old Dive Makai. Patrice has a detailed dive briefing and is good at finding
small critters.  She moves slow enough to allow all of the divers to look
for things. We found octopus, nudibranchs, eels, flame wrasses.  We were
lucky to see a pod of dolphins swimming around while we were on the bottom.
 It was very educational as 2 of them showed us how they mate.
We found that the vis was better off the Kona coast than Kohala when there
are these large swells coming in.
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