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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Kailua-Kona

Kona Honu Divers/Hale Kona Kai, Jun, 2005,

by Bob Souza, CA, USA . Report 1758.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Greater Caribbean, Fiji, Tahiti, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi return
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 www.halekonakai-hkk.com, 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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