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

Kohala Divers/Hilton Waikaloa, Jun, 2010,

by Wade Smith, CO, US ( 2 reports). Report 5554.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Bonaire, Cozumel, Jamaica.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge, no currents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They were pretty easy going with whatever we wanted to do.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They did have a clean water tub for the cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 return.
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