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Dive Review of Kohala Divers/NA in
Hawaii/Kona, North Kohala

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Woods, TX, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6593
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Costa Rica, Maui, Kona, Maldives, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits loosely enforced.  Dive time depended on individual gas
consumption.  I was allowed to stay down longer and dive master Robin &
Mike took me to a few hidden lava tubes after everyone else was out of gas
and on surface.  Really wonderful to have the flexibility to stay down and
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
separate tank for cameras and this is enforced.  Divemaster and boat
captain (Steven is awesome and very experienced) very attentive to
photographers and pointing out small critters and moving slowly to allow
photogs to snap pics.  On surface my camera fell off my wrist before I
snugged up the strap and divemaster Michael quickly saw the problem and
dove down to rescue it before it hit bottom.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
While the diving in Kona and North Kohala is not as lush with sea life and
coral as Maui or other places I have been, it is still a wonderful Pacific
experience.  Kohala Divers are a great operation, and full service.  They
kept and cleaned my gear daily and had it back on the boat for the next day
at no charge.  Nitrox available and reasonable price.  Boat captain Steven
was fantastic.  did a simple repair on my regulator and freely shared info
on equipment repair and brand differences.  Robin is a wonderful dive guide
and very flexible with profile if you are experienced.  Michael was a new
guide and very enthusiastic and also flexible on profile with experienced
divers.  I feel they took great care with the less experienced on the boat
and carefully monitored gas consumption of the divers.  I have dived Kona
twice in past but with Jack's Dive Locker further south in Kona, and I can
say that Kohala compares favorably with their experience and service. 
Another plus is the Shave Ice shop and Kohala burger and taco shop on the
upper level of the dive shop strip center.  Fantastic for a cheap delicious
lunch after diving and an authentic Shave Ice experience ( suggest getting
shave ice with a Snow Cap, awesome!!)  If you are staying in North Kona
(north of the Four Seasons) this is the closest and best dive operator in
the region, I highly recommend them.  The only negative was 2 divers on my
first dive day who freely held onto coral and touched shells and sea life. 
As far as I could tell, nothing was said to them.  Subsequent dives, a good
lecture was given on not touching sea life etc.
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