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Dive Review of Kona Coast Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Coast Divers, Dec, 2003,

by Kevin Elman, CO., usa . Report 1490.

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 Wyoming
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Great care was taken with the beginner and inexperinced divers and the more experinced divers were given more freedom.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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