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Dive Review of Kona Honu in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Honu, Jul, 2005,

by Craig Grube, VA, Us (Contributor Contributor 18 reports). Report 1810.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Keys, Turks, Maui, Nassau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions remain in site of DM
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large rinse tank and help in and out with gear

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Kona Honu has a 46' boat. They carry your tank to the edge of boat and suit you up. The night manta dives were great. Accomodate the snorkelers of your family as well as divers. It was so great the first time, a 35 minute show by one 14' manta, that we signed up to do it 2 nites later. The second time we were treated to 2 mantas for about 30 minutes. Mantas come within a foot of you.

The pre-Manta dive is a nice reef with lots of corals and sand patch with garden eels. Lots of fish and moray eels, nudibranchs. Saw mantas on the pre-night dive as well.

They took us to sites where we reqeusted to see frogfish and eagle ray and we saw both. Good food and drinks. The crew is very freindly and very knowledgeable. Both manta dives had about 12 divers and 6 snorkelers on a very large boat...plenty of room. They rinse all gear and wetsuits as well.

Great operation...will definately use again.
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