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Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers/Fairmont Orchard in
Hawaii/Kona - Big Island

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Erin Teskey, TX, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 3965
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico (Fl & TX), Lake Erie, PA & Ohio
quarries, North Carolina, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our second time diving with PacRim. Dove 4 days - 2 tank dives.  Patrice
& Carlos are a hoot. Very professional, very friendly - every diver was
a repeat. Dive with them one time and I promise, you will be back too! They
run a 6-pack out of Honokohou harbor - a bit of a drive if you stay in
Kahala. Beautiful boat, never crowded, they rinse and store your gear. 

The diving is amazing - tons of coral, fish, inverts, turtles. We saw a
hawksbill turtle - who kindly stopped and posed for pictures. Marine life
was thriving - 2 of the fattest white tip reef sharks I have ever seen, a
hunting party of jacks, thousands of fish, a baby frogfish. Patrice is an
excellent guide - able to find the smallest creatures. Great pace for
photographers. Mostly advanced divers so bottom times were usually 60+ min.
 Nitrox if you want it - a must for a few of the dives. Winter time surface
intervals usually produce breaching humpbacks - babys & moms. But
winter brings strong currents, high surf which limits sites. 

Highly recommended - but with so many loyal divers, her boat fills up
quickly so book early.
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