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Dive Review of Mauna Lani Sea Adventures/Mauna Lani Point in

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by David A Brom, CA, US
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Report Number 5553
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, California, Palau, Fiji, Grenada, Caymans, Bahamas, Honduras,
Puerto Rico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
68   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi surface, stay within site of DM, 1 hour max bt  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
2 stars    
My wife and I were surprised at the quality of the diving on Kona. We have
been all over the world and heard not so great things about Hawaii diving.
The water was cold and there is no soft coral, but the hard coral makes up
for it. There was lots of tropicals many found only in Hawaii and turtles
are everywhere. We had a manta visit us on one dive (the 15th hole). The
Kohala coast (north west side of Kona) is the place to dive. We dove with
Mauna Lani Sea Adventures. They were right where we were staying and we
threw the dice and dove with them not having read any reviews (not like us
to not consult undercurrent). Gary the DM has been diving here for 30 years
and knows his stuff. He is old school and touches pretty much everything.
This bothered me at first but who am I to tell a guy that's been diving
here 30 years to lay off the coral. He did point out stuff I would have
never seen and if I missed it he would bring it to me! (octopus, pincushion
sea star, etc..) Dive sites are close, 2-15 minutes depths are shallow
30-50ft so air consumption is not an issue. We would dive with them again. 
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