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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company (formerly Bottom Time) in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Wellington Lee, DC, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6222
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Cocos, Maldives, Bahamas, Cozumel, Belize, Florida Keys, NC,
Northern VA.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to the boat with 500 psi, dives were guided but allow for flexibility.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat has two medium sized dedicated fresh water camera buckets.  Divers
were briefed on camera rinse bucket policies.  There is very limited dry
storage for cameras, the center table is mostly used for food.  A large SLR
with strobes may need to be put in the cabin or left in the rinse bucket.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Crew is excellent.  They forgot nothing and were a step ahead on
everything.  Setup and rinse all your gear, taking care of it between
dives. Briefings are informative and eco-conscious.  Lots of food: wraps,
sodas, hot tea, coffee, cocoa, soup, trail mix, godlfish!   Boat is a bit
cramped, head is emergency use only.

The Manta Ray night dive is amazing.  I did two nights in a row. First
night only one manta, but it liked us. Second night we had 5, some 16 feet
plus in wing span, passing within inches of my mask and doing backflips for
30 minutes.

They supply all divers with UK kinetics light cannons, which are great.  My
personal Sola 1200 was effective at attracting plankton and mantas.  The
brighter the better.

DM Katie took great care of my family who were did the manta night snorkle
while we were on scuba.  My mother was extremely nervous and unsure of her
swimming/snorkling abilities and Katie spent extra time patiently making
sure she was comfortable in the water and able to enjoy the Manta night
snorkle.  (a monumentous achievement).  For the night snorkle, there is a
surfboard mounted with lights and hold fast lines.  They also supplied pool
noodles. The mantas swam with the snorklers passing within inches for 20
min.  A priceless experience for non-divers.

Daylight dives were decent.  Several octopus, potters and flame angels. 
Coral coverage was good, though, typical of hawaii, of limited variety and
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