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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Outrigger Keauhou in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Honu Divers/Outrigger Keauhou, Jun, 2005,

by Elaine Matthews, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2028.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving La Paz, Encinada, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honduras, Marathon, Key Largo, Culebra Island, Coral Sea, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Each group of 4-6 divers had a dive leader. Divers were split into like groups--i.e. beginners with beginners, etc.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good water tanks. Reasonable place to change strobes, etc. No "clean area" for working on a camera, but that was not expected.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 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 Koma Honu Divers were very professional and excellent for all levels. They worked hard, and did a good job, accommodating a variety of dive levels and desires. Being experienced, I was most interested in moving slowly and not being asked to leave the water with 1800 psi. They were good about returning to shallow diving at the end of the dive, and allowing those with air to continue for another 15-20 minutes. They offered a variety of dive leaders, very good with dive briefings and making sure you had the best dive you could get. They had good boat entry and exit plans and added staff as they added divers. Good checklists to ensure that all divers were on the boat. One day there were 16 divers, but the boat was never crowded and we were always treated respectfully and as individuals. They also manage the Manta Ray night dives. They have good visual aids with pictures, and are careful to ensure that the Manta's are kept safe. I highly recommend them for any Big Island diving. The Hotel, which has multi-star rating, is looking a bit worn. I have been there 3 times in the past 2 years, and the rooms are looking weary, and the staff is getting less and less accommodating. For the price, you can do better on the island.
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