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Dive Review of Kona Ocean Adventures in
Hawaii/Kailua Kona

Kona Ocean Adventures, Feb, 2014,

by Pat Wikstrom, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 7553.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas; Belize; Bikini Atoll; Bonaire; California; Cancun; Cayman Brac; Little Cayman; Cocos Isl; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Florida- (springs, keys); Galapagos; Indonesia; Maldives; Massachusetts; N.C; Palau; Puerto Rico; Red Sea; Roatan; Saba; Socorro; South Africa
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments small boat for small groups so no camera table. most clients had housed point & shoots ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We did two trips in February with these fine folks. The first was their morning 4 hr. dolphin snorkel trip at $169pp + tax, all gear and wetsuit included. It was worth every penny! We took off with just a family of four and my wife & I and motored out of the harbor. Within just a few minutes we started spotting whales. The captain was adept at getting us as close as allowed and anticipating the direction the whales were traveling and aligning us up with their trajectory. We made a slow journey up towards the airport and along the way saw a manta ray swimming along at the surface and several other whales spouting, tail flopping, and fin slapping. Just as we started turning around we intersected a group of over 100 spinner dolphins that played in our wake, performing leaps and spins through the air as we alternated taking pictures and getting into our snorkel gear. Once everyone was set the captain moved us out in front of the traveling pod and we plopped into the 78 degree water and waited for the dolphins to catch up. It was magical! Columns of dolphins streamed behind, alongside, and at times completely surrounded us. Our group included th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Apr 07, 2014 21:19 EST  
During the winter months, conditions can get rough. I dove from a liveaboard and the next week with a local shop. We experienced the same surge and rough surface conditions as this writer, so be aware if you're diving Hawaii at this time of the year.
By Lee Little Haponski in TX, US at Oct 29, 2014 14:04 EST  
If you like night diving (my favorite) I recommend booking the Manta dive followed by the late night deep creatures over the 4,000' drop off! You're hanging off a line at 50' as the critters from the deep come up to feed at night. Plan on getting back near midnight - totally worth it!
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