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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Outrigger Keauhou in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Baratta, Ca, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2396
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Monterey, Channel Islands, Hawaii, Caymans, Turks
& Caicos, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Overall Safety! Minimum 1 hour interval time, Safety Stops  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very accomodative. Helpful hints and suggestions for new photographers.
Helpful in getting camera equipment to you once in the water. Always
cognicent of where the cameras were and making sure no one put masks etc in
the camera tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This is an excellent dive outfit. From the very first contact Maggie and
Glen were pleasant and easy to deal with for questions and reservations.
They were on top of everything. We arrived late the night prior to our
first dive and had been directed to go to the dive shop prior to meeting
the boat the next morning. We were greeted and taken care of quickly and
then followed the gear truck to the boat. You can believe what their
website says. They have a large comfortable boat, but limit the number of
divers on any given trip. They are very professional and attentive. You
hand you gear to the crew and they prepare your tank. They have Nitrox
options, but we didnt take advantage of it. We did have a few divers on
the boat that did. When asked if the diver wanted to analyze the tank they
had the gear immediately ready to do so. All gear is handled with care and
safety by the crew. Divers can choose to set-up their own gear if they
desire, but having done so for many years it was nice to have it done for
me. A quick check upon boarding the boat showed everything to be in order.
The crew will also store and handle your gear for the entire trip. This is
a very nice feature to not have to bring the gear back to the hotel every
night. They make the entire adventure pleasant and easy. The only issue for
the trip had to do with the interval snack. Although the boat had some
fresh fruit and cookie snacks something a little more substantial might be
helpful for some divers.

This is an outfit for the beginning diver as well as the experienced. They
appropriately put groups together for the dive. Then they are able to
maximize the dive for the folks that use air more slowly. Bottom times are
maximized within all safety ranges. This is not an outfit that dictates
this will be a 40 minute dive period. Kona Honu Dive Masters and
Instructors (John, Rich, Frank, Cynthia, JJ, & Jason) are very
knowledgeable. We watched them work with refresher divers as well as expert
divers. They all were excellent. They have great knowledge with not only
diving related issues, but each dive site as well. In particular diving
with Frank and Rich, they both worked hard to find the best sites and point
out the best aspects of each dive. We found a beautiful Spanish Dancer, an
incredibly tiny Lizard Fish and a beautiful Fire Angel. Not to mention the
countless Eels and Nudibranchs that are common to the region. A weeks worth
of diving with nothing repeated. It was great fun. 

Finally, the Manta Ray night dive is spectacular. Our particular night we
had at least a dozen Mantas present. We all spent 40 minutes glued to the
bottom watching these beautiful creatures circle inches above us gathering
food. This was something every diver should experience.

A few final thoughts. Initially I was concerned that the boat would be too
crowded because of too many divers and that non-divers would be on board as
well. That was just not the case. They truly do limit the number of folks
on the boat and the non-divers stay clear of the tank area. Also, during
the trip my partner became ill. Even though we had already booked and paid
for all our dives, we were allowed to move dives around to accommodate her
short illness without any penalty. They truly believe in customer service.
My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer.
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