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Dive Review of Kohala Divers in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Sally Byrd , FL, St John
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4884
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida , US & British Virgin Islands , Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama,
Maldives, Sri Lanka 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Signal dive master at 1/2 tank . Start safety stop around 700 psi and
surface with 500 psi   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I did not have one but there other divers did and were happy with the
service and separate bucket  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I loved diving with Kohala divers. The staff was professional, courteous ,
friendly and educational . They are known for their environmental concerns
regarding the native species and do not manhandle the marine life. They
have a full service dive shop and service that let's you have lunch nearby
while your wetsuit dries. On the boat they practically spoil you .
Refreshments include the usual oranges, trail mix & cookies and they
have a variety of drinks to choose from . The boat was comfortable and
allowed easy entry & exit . Their top concern is safety and it shows. 
The diving was easy , fun and pure relaxing and uncrowded as they favor
smaller groups and the dive sites are further north than the Kona sites. 
 There were a couple of white tip reef sharks off Puako beach ( my favorite
dive area) and several turtle cleaning stations. There was an abundance of
fish , all sizes ,spinner dolphins, garden & white mouth eels and an
abundance of healthy hard coral .I saw a leaf scorpion fish for the fish
time and the Sargent majors were laying their eggs.  We also dove some lava
tubes...dark and mysterious ....large puffers in abundance there. An
environmental concern were the several Crown of Thorns that we saw each
dive. I did wear a hooded vest since I dove 4 days and would recommend at
least a cap . You save 10% for a 3 day min. Night dives are around once a
week and they do not participate in the Manta Ray dive in Kona.Snorkelers
are also welcome.
Kohala Divers
Rebekah Kaufmann ...owner & instructor 
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