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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/Keahau Beach Resort Outrigger in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Blue McRight, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6153
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Philippines, Caribbean, Southern California, Baja
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving.  Otherwise, dive your air.  
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
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Space may be tight on the boat for big camera rigs.  Fresh water available
for small cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second time diving with Kona Diving Company. KDC is an
outstanding dive op! Not a cattle boat,12 divers max. Top notch service.
Owner Kerry Key is fantastic. Amazingly, she is one of the divemasters and
dives every day. Nothing escapes Kerry's attention and she makes sure
everyone is well taken care of. Her upbeat energy, knowledge of, and
passion for the marine world make each dive a special experience. I am a
REEF fish surveyor and Kerry took us to a wide variety of sites, depths and
habitats over six days of diving. The reefs are in very good shape. We saw
abundant life including big stuff like schools of Spotted and Hawaiian
Spinner Dolphins, Spotted Eagle Rays, green sea turtles, Whitetip Reef and
Tiger Sharks; all the typical Tropical Pacific reef fish as well as unique
endemic species such as Flame and Psychedelic Wrasse, Bandit Angelfish,
Redstripe Pipefish, Blackstripe Coris, and Freckled Snake Eel; and
octopuses, crustaceans, and invertebrates galore. We didn't do the Manta
Night Dive this trip but have done it twice before with KDC. It is a must!
KDC also offers a Reef Night Dive which is definitely worth eating dinner
late for. Divemasters David and Paul and Captain Jeff are also fun,
helpful, knowledgeable, and an absolute pleasure to spend time with. Two
dives daily, up to 80 minutes per dive depending on your air consumption.
Aluminum 80's - great fills - Nitrox available. Extended day trips of three
dives to longer-range sites are offered and well worth doing. The boat, the
Hale Kai, has two marine heads, shade, all safety gear, and a hot shower.
Delicious snacks - including Kerry's homemade brownies daily! - and
hot/cold beverages are provided.  We stayed at the lovely Keahou Bay
Outrigger Resort and it's great: 20-minute drive from there to the harbor
to meet the boat each morning. Can't wait to go again!
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