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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Big Island

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Grube, VA, US
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Report Number 2597
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Maui, Keys, Turks & Caicos, Tahiti, Nassau, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within range of dive guide.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated rinse tank for cameras only.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Kona Honu Divers has a large boat that handles divers and snorkelers for
the manta night dive.  The boat is comfortable and has all the safety
equipment. The dive guides give an excellent briefing.  The two tank dive
starts with a late afternoon dive in garden eel cove.  The is a nice reef
with good coral and lots of creatures including numerous eels such as
whitemouth, undulated, and pygmy.  We saw a titan scorpionfish, huge
lizardfish, and many usual reef fish.  We also saw manta's cruising the
area before the night dive.  

The night manta dive is awesome with divers on the bottom shining lights
skyward and snorkelers on top shining down creating a cylinder of light. 
The manta's come in to feed on the plankton and we saw on 3 separate
outings 9, 6, and 4 mantas.  It is truely an inspiring dive as they swim
around feeding in the area for most of the dive.  We even had manta's greet
us during the stride off the boat.  

Kona Honu is a class operation that brings your tanks to you at the stern
of the boat and then helps you back to your seat when you are done.  They
clean all the gear, including the wetsuits.  They serve giant coldcut subs,
chips, and soda for dinner between the dives. Given the size of the groups
they take out, they need to buy a few more lights. 
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