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

Kona Honu Divers/Hapuna Prince Beach Resort, May, 2005,

by Tom Dudnyk, PA, United States . Report 1712.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back at 500 PSI, no exceptions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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