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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Hapuna Prince Beach Resort in
Hawaii/Big Island

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Dudnyk, PA, United States
Report Number 1712
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Virgin Islands, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Bermuda, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back at 500 PSI, no exceptions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I work hard, so when we go on vacation, we like to pick tour
operators that cater to us 100%, requiring us only to suit up and jump
overboard. We hate schlepping gear and weight belts and then rinsing stuff
when done. I"ve done lots of dives, in some far flung places, and have
never come across a dive operation that matched this one (Tortuga Divers in
East End, Grand Cayman was close). The boat is very large (46') and real
comfy. The crew is outstanding, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful (a 10
out of 10). The only thing better than this dive operation was the dive
itself. We did a night Manta Ray dive, after a brief tutorial of the
individual manta rays we might see, we all knelt on the sea floor in a
circle with our lights held over our heads. In the middle of our circle was
a milk crate with two more lights pointed toward the surface. At least 6-8
very large mantas swam and circled-inches from our faces-for 40 minutes
nonstop. Of particular fun was Big Bertha, a 14' beast that just couldn't
stop gorging herself on the plankton. My wife and I have never seen
anything in our lives so surreal and amazing. Two red fish swam over the
lights in the lightbox. A moray then swam into the light box and stuck his
head out. Then, a turtle swam up to everyone in the circle wondering what
all the fuss was about. This is a 'must do' dive if you are on Big Island,
and Kona Hanu Divers is a 'can't miss' dive operation. I am saving up for
an underwater video camera so I can shoot a home movie of this next time I
go. Just amazing!
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