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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Honu Divers, Sep, 2007,

by Ed Neff, ny, usa ( 1 report). Report 3507.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Around the world for over 30 years including a couple of live-aboards
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments During the day dive the dive shop took no pix. The night dive they shot a video which could be purchased

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This dive operator runs a first class operation and they answered all of the advance questions and responded promptly to email inquiries.

I booked the day trip [ two dives with the first being a brief but complete refresher ] and then the night dive with the mantas.

The surface interval on the day dive was the unexpected windfall for all. A large school [20 +] of pilot whales were close to our dive sites and we were able to snorkel with them. While snorkeling with them we saw at least one and maybe two white tip sharks swimming with the whales.

Lots a individual pictures were taken, but no way to set up a picture exchange exists with this dive shop - and they are rethinking this for future use.

The night dives were OK. Both were at the same site and the first was sort of an orientation for the second. The second and truly night dive was the real show. Several other dive operators were also at the site so it was a little busy. All the operators know the drill and have a well rehearsed program. Divers in the water. Park on the bottom for 40 minutes with you lights up and watch the show. Those who were snorkeling were on the surface with lights pointed down and with all the light the mantas put on a show. Glad I did the dive, but kneeling for 40 minutes in a crowd is getting a little difficult for my old knees.

The earlier reports in Undercurrent about this operation are absolutely correct. This is a first class operation. They took my gear the day before the first dive, installed new batteries in my dive computer, delivered my equipment to the boat and set up all of my equipment for every dive. The staff carried the BC & tank to the dive platform and confirmed that everything was set before we went off the platform and into the water. NICE! They washed the gear and stored it over night for the night dive the next day.

Thanks guys and gals for a great couple of days of diving.
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