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

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine Matthews, CA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 2028
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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

Water Temp
72   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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
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