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

Pacific Rim Divers, Dec, 2004,

by Brian and Kaye Walsh, HI, USA . Report 1517.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 70 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive limits only, 120 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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