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

Kona Honu Divers/Hale Kona Kai, Jul, 2006,

by Craig Grube, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports). Report 2597.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Maui, Keys, Turks & Caicos, Tahiti, Nassau, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within range of dive guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tank for cameras only.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 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 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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