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Dive Review of Kohala Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
Contributor   (18 reports)
Report Number 5132
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Caymans, Roatan, Monterey, Puget Sound, Texas Lakes, Sonoma
Coast, Channel Islands, Big Island, Kauai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Briefed to ascend after 50 minutes and dive your computer but allow for
diver experience  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Spacious tanks and tables available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Solid performing dive operation with great customer service, equipment,
well maintained boat and shop.  Kohala Divers is a first class operation
and offers the Big Island diver a change of scenary from the more southern
diving spots around Kona.  Underwater relief and more diverse and numerous
coral and underwater topography make diving on the Kohala coast a nice
change of pace from the more saturated diving in the south.  Reefs and
coral are in outstanding condidtion and aquatic life is prolific.  Greg and
Rebeka Kaufman are the owners and have a great operation here.  Greg
captains the boat and the slew of instructors and DMs are experienced and
very knowledgeable.  Solid and concise yet safety conscious and
environmentally sensitive dive briefings.  Courtesy is wonderful and they
are most accomodating.  On our 2-tank dive, several divers cancelled and
they ran the boat for only two of us...which we very much appreciated given
they probably made next to nothing n trying to accomodate us.  Of note was
that a Tsuanmi arning was issued while on our first dive due to the Samoa
earthquake.  Since arrival of the first wave wasn't due for 5 hours we made
our second dive and then found out the warning had been cancelled. 
However, the Captain was prepared for immediate dive termination and return
to harbor as he listened to the Coast Guard broadcasts continually.  Made
an interesting time that's for sure! Greg is a great guy and Kelly our DM
was superb.  For a change of pace and some extremely interesting diving,
you can be assurred you'll enjoy diving with them.  Nitrox is available and
most useful at the depths and dive times.  Our dive time was 62 minutes. 
Water temps were a comfortable 80-81 degrees, boat was in top shape with
shade...great and comfortable. Locals normally dive with a 5mm wet suit but
for as a cold water diver I was comfortable with a 3mm.  I keep a 5/3
hooded vest which I use if doing three or more dives in a day...keeps the
body temp up. Great value/Outstanding service
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