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Dive Review of Nautilus Dive Center in

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Skip Lynch, MA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6700
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Fiji, Zanzibar, Kenya, Egypt, Borneo, Costa Rica, both coasts of
Mexico, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Middle Cayman, Jamaica (ugh),
Honduras, Indonesia, Bonaire, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
Owner/dive guide weighted himself heavily, wore gloves, and crawled along
the bottom, pawing the live coral mercilessly.
I was led to believe I was being taken on a boat dive, but was charged $85
to make two shore dives a few miles down the road. I had all my own
equipment, by the way. Another operator charged me $10 for a tank plus one
refill, and so I could make the same shore dive myself for a fraction of
the price, and without being herded like a sheep. Adding insult to injury,
the second shore dive, about 10 minutes after the first, was AT THE SAME
We proceeded at a snail's pace along the bottom (roughing up the coral) and
I would receive frantic signals if I swam a short distance away, though in
plain sight. Though I didn't participate in the coral-mauling, I was
chastised repeatedly for having "stressed" a razorfish, which I
admit I approached too closely, causing it to dive into the sand (very
cool, though). 
My advise is to rent a tank and inquire where to dive from shore on your
own. Diving on Kona side was better than in Hilo, from what I could tell
based on just this site. Kohala Divers was very friendly; they rented me
tanks and told me where I could shore dive myself.
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By skipgeorge at Sep 18, 2012 09:51 EST  
sorry for spelling error: "advice"
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