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Dive Review of Kohala Divers/Waikoloa Fairways in
Hawaii/Big Island

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ron Jyring, ND, United States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4428
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
ND, FL Keys, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cozumel, Kauai, Oahu, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
85   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sites were relatively shallow (less than 70 ft).  Air supply was politely
monitored by DM's, with no harsh, arbitrary demands.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
If you don't read any further, know that Kohala Divers is a GREAT outfit! I
highly recommend them. They dive the NW coast of the Big Island. This is
the most undisturbed region of HI that I have dived. The corals were in
excellent condition, except for very minor damage near the openings of
swim-throughs (which is to be expected). These hard corals made for
somewhat less colorful reefs than in the Caribbean. However, the great
diversity of fishes and invertebrates more than made up for it.

We made three two-tank dives over three days with DM's Robin, Chris,and/or
Kelly. Water was a little cool for us, but otherwise conditions were
excellent, with some gentle surge near the end of the last dive. Turtles
were too abundant to count. We saw one white-tipped reef shark (apparently
they are usually more common). From the boat we saw whales and dolphins on
most trips. According to the captain, one humpback passed some twenty feet
from the boat while we were diving, but we divers didn't see it.  We did
hear plenty of whales singing while diving.

This was my eleven-year-old's first open water dives. His wonderful
instructor, Kelly, was patient and enthusiastic. Although well supervised,
both he and his 14 year-old brother were treated like divers, not children.
It made for a very positive experience for the both of them, and for my
wife and I as well.

Nothing about Kohala Divers was bad. The only concerns I had were the costs
(but of course everything was expensive in Hawai'i), and the occasional
profanities from the crew. Prude that I am, I consider such language always
inappropriate, and especially around children (even teenagers).

Accomodations: Our condo at Waikoloa Fairways was part of a vacation
package from NWA and was not associated with Kohala Divers. It was very
convenient to the diving and to most of the top-side activities that we
were interested in. There was not a lot of "nightlife" in the
immediate vicinity, and Kona was a fair drive away (neither of which
concerned us) . The buildings & grounds were in good shape. There was a
pool, fitness center, and beach access (none of which we used). Most
annoyingly, there was a "quiet time" policy that was rudely
enforced. We are quiet people but when the washing machine continued past
ten, we got nasty calls.  Despite that, we would consider staying there
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