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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Neff, ny, usa (1 report)
Report Number 3507
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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
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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