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Dive Review of Kona Coast Divers/N/A in
Hawaii/Big Island of Hawaii]

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by James Heimer, TX, USA
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Report Number 1827
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico E & W Coasts, California, Texas,
Norway, Belize, Honduras Bay Islands, Australia, Cayman Islands, Bahamas,
St Maarten, St Thomas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Master led dive, but individuals were allowed to leave group to make
photographs or explore.  Were told to remain above dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had large rinse tanks for cameras and "cameras only" was
enforced.  No facilities to load or open cameras on board, nor was there
separate storage.  As weather was calm and only two people were using
cameras, cameras were put in rinse tanks for trip to and from dive sites.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We found Kona Coast Divers to be a friendly and accommodating operation. 
It is located in the harbor a few miles north of the town of Kona.  They
have the standard shop on the dock with the boat a  few feet away.  When we
dove, there were 13 divers on their 40+ foot boat with a capacity of 20. 
Nine of the divers were from a cruise ship, and a family of five was doing
their checkout dives.  Julie did a masteful job of checking everyone in and
sorting out the students paperwork.  Dwayne (former marine) was the dive
master for the students, while Bob (also former marine) handled the
experienced divers.

On the boat, the tanks were set up by the staff and Captain Bob (not a
marine, to my knowledge) down the center of the boat's aft deck, divers sat
on the sides and front with gear under the diver's seats.  At the site, the
non students suited up first.  Each diver put on their weight belt and took
mask, fins, and snorkel to sit at the back of the boat with thier feet on
the dive platform.  The tanks and BC's were brought to the divers, then
they stood up and stepped off.  It was remarkably easy and free of
interference on board.

The water was clear, a little cooler than the Caribbean, and the fish were
of a different variety and very colorful.  There are a variety of angel,
butterfly, and surgeon fish.  Turtles are common (but not for us); manta
rays are possible (and there is a manta ray night dive, which we didn't do,
where they are virtually guaranteed).  The coral was in good shape and very
prolific at our sites near the airport and the natural energy research
station (about a 10 = 20 minute boat ride).  We saw a frog fish and a crown
of thorns star fish, along with the usual Hawaiian tropicals.

The boat does two morning dives from 9 am ot 2 pm and a twilight and night
manta dive for $80 to $100 per diver.  We would use them again.
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