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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Private Condo in
Hawaii/Big Island

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3423
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, South Pacific, Hawaii, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our sixth trip to the Big Island.  We enjoy it for the endemic species
encountered and for the topside attractions. Sometimes we go for 2 weeks
and hike in Volcano National Park for a week and then dive week two. We
typically rent a private condo.  They are plentiful.  A favorite source for
picking out accommodations in Hawaii is "The Big Island Revealed"
 by Wizard Pubs.  They have books on Kauai and Maui too.  We usually find
their recommendations right on.  We like the Big Island in September and
October because kids are back in school and the water is about as warm as
it is going to get.  First time diving with Kona Honu Divers.  Decided to
try them after reading good reviews here.  Enjoyed our week mightily.  Very
nice operation.  Roomy, Clean, well appointed boat.  Friendly and
Professional Staff.  We even dove the day of the earthquake, October 15,
2006, even though some staff had damage to their own homes. We showed up at
the boat after the initial quake (power and water was disrupted at our
condo...what were we to do?)  A few other folks showed up so out we went. 
Experienced an aftershock under water which was a first (hopefully last). 
Not really a big was a low steady rumble like a cruise ship was
parked over you idling!  One minor complaint...even though we have 450-500
logged dives each we were often grouped with newbies.  No attempt to split
up experienced and newer divers.  We suppose that was for dive guides
benefit so they didn't have all newbies but it is irritating to be held
hostage to the person who consumes their air the fastest.    
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