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Dive Review of Kona Honu/Paniolo Greens in
Hawaii/Kona, Big Island

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Lima, TN, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 1073
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Caymans, Maui, Lanai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified] accompany divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Signed up for 2-tank manta ray dive at Garden Eel Cove which is where the
mantas come since the closure of the Kona Surf Hotel to the south. The Kona
Honu is a large, new, clean boat with good set-up and lots of room.
Briefings were thorough and entertaining. We were free to move about the
boat as we wished while underway. It was a short ride to the site and we
saw mantas as we attached to the fixed moorings. First dive was the evening
dive and we saw our first daylight sighting of mantas above us. Went to 51
feet and watched the garden eel colony in the sand. Refreshments during the
surface interval were very good with sandwiches, chips and a variety of
soft drinks available. The night dive with the mantas was incredible.
People had to time their giant strides to avoid landing on a ray. We were
bumped repeatedly while on the surface waiting to descend. There were 15-17
mantas feeding at the lights set up on the bottom in about 30 feet of
water. Each diver was provided a high illumination light source and several
lights were set up on the bottom to draw plankton to the site. A wonderful
dive and highly recommended. The only drawback was that the divemasters did
not seem to value the beautiful coral in their backyard. They had guages
unsecured and repeatedly bumped,touched, leaned on and kicked off the
coral. If they had been more environmentally responsible I could
enthusiastically recommend this operation. As it was our group left with a
bitter-sweet memory.
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