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Dive Review of Kona Coast Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Elman, CO., usa
Report Number 1490
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica, Bonaire, Roatan, Mexico (all over), Costa Rica, Galapagos, Hawaii,
Florida, California, Vancouver, every mud hole in Colorado, New Mexico and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Great care was taken with the beginner and inexperinced divers and the more
experinced divers were given more freedom.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Lots of Small fish, got a great shot of a green frog fish. Some dives were
better than others. Rinse buckets devoted to camera equipment and staff
good about handling equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Good: Divemasters did a great job, I never touched my gear and it was set
up perfect. I want to dive their dock, what a predive show, eagle rays and
turtles wow. Teri the shop owner is a great communicator and made sure we
knew what was happening all the time. Boat was good although I'm not
convinced on the plastic tubs.

Bad: One of my days of diving got cancelled, because of no divers. In KCD
defense, Teri did allow me to go on the Night/Manta dive at the same cost,
it just made for a very long day (4 dives). A dive briefing is just
that...a briefing not a longing. One briefing by the boat captain followed
by a divemaster briefing is a bit much, especially if the water is rocking
the boat. Cruise ship divers running out of air makes for a bad outing
(divers need more than a C card and a review of the log book should be part
of the checkin). The surge on the manta dive was absolutley dangerous for
new or inexperinced divers and I'm suprised no injuries occured.

Thing to know before you leave home: Bring money Hawaii diving is not
cheap. Have a back-up plan for cancelled dives (other dive operators phone
numbers). Before you go take sometime and go to the pool and get familiar
with diving again, if you haven't been in awhile, you'll get a lot more out
of your diving.
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