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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Hali Kai in

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6223
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida (Lauderdale, Keys), Cuba, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Red Sea,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Sipadan, Philippines (Boracay, Malapascua)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat at 500psi, depth usually established each dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated tank for cameras. Staff very helpful & conversant with camera
SL 1200 - helped me out a couple of times.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
My daughter and I enjoyed 10 dives with Kona Hondu Divers: two Manta Night
dives, one Black Water dive, one Advanced dive and six General dives.

Our experience with Kona Honu Divers (KHD) was very positive. KHD in our 
opinion is a solid 5* operation. They are well organized with a genuine
love and enthusiasm for diving, which permeates all they do. I have lower
back issues so was delighted when they carry everyones gear on and off the
boat, even setting-up and washing down your equipment! In addition, helping
hands to assist you in and out of the water. 

The dive briefing is comprehensive with an emphasis on safety. Janine (DM)
does her best to search out and point out interesting stuff below. 

Honu One (46) &  Honu Ike (36) are large, spacious and very
comfortable. Refreshments are given in between dives usually pineapple and

Manta Dives  45 Min at 35.
The Manta Ray Night dive was fantastic and exceeded my expectations! It is
rightly ranked as one of the top 10-dive experiences globally. You kneel at
the bottom  take extra weight - holding up your flashlight. The light
attracts the plankton and the plankton attracts the mantas. My daughter and
I did this particular dive twice and delighted in the 3-Mantas the first
dive and then 5-Mantas the week after. The mantas put on a fabulous 45
minute, non-stop, spectacular night show  not to be missed! My wife and
other daughters snorkeled above and also enjoyed the mantas - Dad its
amazing!  Note: Wear a 5mm plus suit, it gets rather cold kneeling at the

The Black Water Night Dive  60 Min at 50
This was a challenging but wonderful, memorable experience. You are
attached to a 50 weighted line by a tether that slides up and down.
Suspended in black water with a flashlight the show begins. There are some
strange and wonderful sights to behold. Again, an experience not to be
missed! I was nervous at first holding on to the line but later trusted the
tether. Janine (DM) hovered around ensuring the divers were okay. She
untangled me a couple of times! Note: I wore my 3mm inside a 7mm rented
suit otherwise it would have been very cold.

Kudos to Glenn (owner) for overseeing a smooth, efficient operation, to
Colin (Captain) for such a helpful, thoughtful attitude and to Janine (DM)
& Jason (DM) who exemplify a professional caring attitude in every

We enjoyed the diving experience in Hawaii, but with the exception of the
Mantas and the Black Water dive were a little disappointed. Perhaps we
expected too much from Hawaii? For general diving I personally prefer
Sipadan or the Philippines. That said, would I return to Kona, Hawaii?
Maybe, if so the Manta and Blackwater Dives would be the reason! Would I
dive with KHD again? Absolutely! 
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