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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Emerson, MN, US
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Report Number 3275
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Burma, Palau, Solomons, GBR, Fiji, Galapagos, Little Cayman, Belize, Costa
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
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

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 when I get them groomed
and ready to put on the site.
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