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Dive Review of Kohala Divers/Hilton Waikaloa in
Hawaii/Big Island

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Wade Smith, CO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5554
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bonaire, Cozumel, Jamaica.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

surge, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They were pretty easy going with whatever we wanted to do.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They did have a clean water tub for the cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The boat was roomy, partially covered, and did have a bathroom. They were
well equipped with emergency equipment and even had life rafts. There was a
warm, freshwater shower to use to rinse off after the dive if you wished.
They had fresh fruit, cookies, water, juice and soft drinks to consume
between the dives. The back of the boat had a wide dive platform which made
it easy for entering and exiting the water. Capt. Stephen was very helpful
and efficient in getting our BCDs and tanks set up, along with helping us
in and out of the boat.
  Their dive shop was well equipped. Everybody we talked to from the shop
keepers, divemasters and boat captain were very friendly and helpful. 
    While traveling between dive sites they do throw out fishing lines to
catch dinner which was fun. 
   The dive sites were interesting with quite a bit of fish and hard coral.
I did not realize that Hawaii has virtually no soft coral or sponges. We
did see turtles and eels on every dive.
  I would definately recommend Kohala Divers and will use them again when I
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