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

Kona Diving Company/Keahau Beach Resort Outrigger, Jul, 2011,

by Blue McRight, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6153.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Philippines, Caribbean, Southern California, Baja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 76 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving. Otherwise, dive your air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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