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Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers in
Hawaii/Kailua-Kona, Big Island

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Brian and Kaye Walsh, HI, USA
Report Number 1517
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo in Mexico, Belize, Bermuda, Florida Keys,
liveaboard in the Bahamas, 3 trips to the Caymans including liveaboard, and
Oahu where we live.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
70   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational dive limits only, 120 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
This trip was our second spent with Patrice at Pacific Rim Divers on the
Kona Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. The boat is a clean and shiny
six-pack launched each morning from the marina.  A recent makeover has made
the boat seem larger and is easy to maneuver in gear.  They set up for you
before coming aboard and make the entry and diving as easy as possible,
great for beginners such as my daughter who with us this trip.  Patrice is
extremely knowledgeable about the area and all its spots and is more
concerned about good dives for her guests than getting to the closest spot
and get it over with. Her boat captains have always been much like her,
competent and pleasant with great attitudes.  Divers can either stay with
her, and boy can she spots things, or range out on their own within reason.
 Your bottom time is limited only by your own air and she will stay out
with you as long as you last.  Our dives were always over an hour bottom
time as the coast of the Big Island is generally a gradual slope allowing
you to go to 80 feet or so and then drift up the shelf exploring.  There is
a protected zone on the coast where there has no fish collection allowed
for many years so the tropicals are plentiful as well as eels and many
little critters such as shrimp and nudibranches. We stopped and watched
schools of dolphins each morning as we left the harbor.  Water, snacks
(including yummy brownies) and a warm water shower on board and extremely
competent and pleasant people make for a very enjoyable dive experience.
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