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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Hale Kona Kai in

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Souza, CA, USA
Report Number 1758
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Greater Caribbean,Fiji,Tahiti,PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi return  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dove 3 days with Kona Huno Divers, including the Manta night dive. Decent
experience, but would look for another operator on a return trip. They
tended to stay close to the harbor (high fuel cost with big boat?), not
discussing site options with the divers. Try to do a lot on a single boat
... experienced divers, beginners, resort dives and snorklers. Sloooooow
process at dock to get going every day. The boat is nice, with plenty of
room but can get a bit congested during gear up and entry at the rear as a
camera table creates 2 single file aisles to acces the dive platform. The
crew handles all gear from the dock, setting up and changing tanks,
bringing your BC to the platform, etc. in a very pleasant manner. Nice dual
platform/ladders in rear for easy water entry and exit. Divers are split
into groups of about 6-8 per divemaster. Diving is pleasing, with absence
of any great corals. Many tropicals, turtles, eels, dolphins, nudibranchs,
spanish dancers ... some interesting lava formations with swim throughs.
The night Manta dive is well worth the price of admission, for divers and
snorklers alike (we had mainly snorklers). Don't need to elaborate, suffice
to say if you are there do it! Snacks and drinks are provided. If diving
multiple days you still need to take your gear with you every day. Overall
a nice boat and good crew, but I am sure there are better choices for the
serious diver. Accomodations at the Hale Kona Kai were very good. It is a
condo complex right at the south edge of Kailua-Kona village, right on the
waterfront, you are literally a giant stride from the ocean. Condos are
individually owned, but a number are well represented at, who I booked with. Unit was clean and mold free
with full kitchen, dishwasher, cable TV, beach towels, mats and chairs.
Complex has nice quiet pool, bar-b-que, elevator and free parking.   

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