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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John Liston, IL, USA
Report Number 2731
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Maui, Hawaii,Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
It was a guided dive with a dive master.  Usually an hour dive time with
500psi on return to the boat.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 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
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Boat did have a photo table and seperate rinse bucket for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
   I had booked with Kona Honu divers after reading other reports in
   When I am on vacation, I am on vacation.  I like dive operations that
take your gear, set up you gear, and rinse your gear after the dive. Yes,
they have a large boat with a head.  Yes, they do take out all levels of
divers, and yes, they also take out snorklers.
But they do seperate levels of divers (certified, classes, resort course
diveres) and their entry times into the water to maximize your bottom time
and to seperate the groups. There was still plenty of room on the boat for
your gear at your "station" on the boat. I did like the use of
the negative tanks to cut down on your weight.
   My son (approximately 25 dives)and I were put in the
"certified" group on our day one with Kona Honu Divers with
divemaster John.  John was great at pointing out critters both large and
small on both of our dives. John let the divers using air return to the
boat on their own while my son and I managed 67 foot dives with about a 55
minute bottom times on both dives. 
   On Day 2 with Kona Honu divers our gear was set up at our diving station
(Kona Honu took our gear back to the shop to dry overnight and then
returned it to the boat).  Again my son and I were in the certified group
with 4 others and Cynthia was our divemaster/guide for our two tank dive
day.  Again, after a briefing when we were ready we could go to the stern
and get in the water and wait on the surface or underwater for the
divemaster and the rest of the group.  Again, Cynthia was good at pointing
out "critters" and other features at our dive sites. Again, we
had two dives with a max deth of about 65 feet and dive times around 55
  Fresh fruit snacks, animal crackers, water, and soda were available for
surface intervals.  A freshwater shower is also available after the second
dive. On our Day 2 dive we had a longer surface interval as we came upon a
pod of pilot whales.
    Kona Honu Divers, big boat, good service, and safe diving.   

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