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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island- Kona Coast

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis, CO, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3728
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Multiple other Hawaii, South Pacific and Carribean locations
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were planned within recreational limits, led by local divemaster, as
is required in Hawaii on licensed boats  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
5 stars  
Boat provided adequate area for film/ battery replacement, clean segregated
rinse tank- all that was really necessary
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Kona-Honu Divers was an excellent operation.  Large boat, well maintained,
limited number of divers. (It was off season)  Divers are segregated into
groups based upon experience.  My wife (100+ dives) and I dove with most
experienced group, loosely led by local dive leader, and were afforded
"first in last out" good bottom time on dives (most at or over an
hour).  Manta Ray night dive surpassed all expectations- 10 mantas on sight
at one time, lagest at about 16 feet  across. Multiple boats and divers
(40) at manta dive did not detract in the least from this unique and
"must do" dive.   All crew and captains (and we dived with
several over 4 days) were competent and courteous. My wife had her 100th
dive on one trip, and Konu-Honu had taken time to make her up a little
certificate commemorating the event, a nice touch.   Briefings were through
without being ponderous, and conditions were absolutely perfect.  November
is a great time of year to dive the Kona Coast. Hotel and air fares are
down in the off season, no big crowds, and water temperature is good. Don't
expect to see turtles on every dive or as abunmdantly as in Maui, but they
are here. 
Shore diving was excellent, (we did 3 shore dives) but entry and exit in
most locations involves either a dicey rock and coral entry or a long walk
(hundreds of yards) in full gear.  "Easy sites" like Place of
Refuge get crowded early.  If you go there, arrive before 0830 or come
another day.  
Manta Ray Night dive is a must do - it cannot be overrated.  Those who
complain of the "passive observer" aspect of this dive must have
hit it on an offnight.  Mantas come within inches, seem to have
correographed their elegant feeding ballet, and the visual experience is,
literally, indescribable. My wife and I believe we would do a return trip 
even if only to do this one dive. 
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