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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/Holua in
Hawaii/Kona

March, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Daniels, MI, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6923
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with 500 psi.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Comments
Rinse tank. No other special accommodations.  ...
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Food
N/A
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Snorkeling
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Comments  
Decided that we wanted to go with an operator that offered a smaller boat.
KDC takes a maximum of 12 divers (we had 8-10 for our dives)and provides a
divemaster for every 6. Boat is well set up for diving and all the
employees work together to make it a good experience. The dive briefings
were good and the dive sites are often selected on the fly so you can dive
sites that are not crowded. The sites at Kona are better than those I have
been to in Kauai. Reef fish are abundant. Corals are in pretty good shape.
Octopus and eels (moray and garden)were seen on the dives.
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By renee97038 at Mar 20, 2013 10:47 EST  
Nice report.  Are they feeding the mantas to get more of them to the area?
By jeffd73 at Mar 20, 2013 11:07 EST  
Mantas eat plankton. The dive lights attract the plankton. The mantas come
to eat it. In general, the more and brighter the lights, the more plankton,
the more mantas. No artificially introduced food is used.
By jeffd73 at Mar 20, 2013 11:09 EST  
BTW The mantas in Kona are not pelagic. They are coastal mantas who hang
around the area all the time.
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