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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Honu Divers, Apr, 2007,

by Michael Emerson, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3275.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Burma, Palau, Solomons, GBR, Fiji, Galapagos, Little Cayman, Belize, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Compared to other dive destinations in the South Pacific, the subject matter was pretty limited. Did see a couple of nice Nudis, a frogfish, and a manta which was a challenge to photograph

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Kona Honu Divers was a first class dive operation with a very nice boat. We dove 6 dives over a week long period. My 14 year old daughter received her advanced certification during the trip and the instruction seemed quite thorough. The boat was beautiful and had great covering for those who wanted to avoid the sun. We got to see schools of spinner dolphins on the way to the dive sites almost every day.

The weather was beautiful although an unusual NW (arctic!) wind brought in more surge than would be typical in early April. We stayed in an ocean view condo which held my family of five very comfortably. The condo was Kona Makai on Alii Drive. It was a bit of a drive, especially in traffic, to get to the harbor where the boat was.

The manta night dive lived up to its billing even though only one manta showed up for the show. Kloie (they all have names) did a great performance for those gathered and my family who had not seen a manta were amazed by what they saw. On several occasions Kloie brushed right over the top of my children. Puts the whole experience at Stingray City to complete shame.

Aquarium was the best dive and we saw some pretty unusual critters including a frogfish and several unusual eels. The real prize, a dragon eel, aluded us on the trip. Have to come back I guess. We also saw a pair of leaf scorpion fish which was not something I was expecting.

I will post my pictures on www.flickr/baywood16105 when I get them groomed and ready to put on the site.
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