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

Mauna Lani Sea Adventures/Mauna Lani Point, Jun, 2010,

by David A Brom, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5553.

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

Weather dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 68 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi surface, stay within site of DM, 1 hour max bt
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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