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Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers/King Kamehameha in
Hawaii/Kona, Big Island

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James Fillmore, ID, USA
Report Number 962
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to boat and perform Safety Stop at 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Pacific Rim Divers runs a great operation. They have a modest sized boat,
so they take a max of 6 people out at a time. There was 3-6 divers on board
in my case.

Patrice works hard to make sure each trip is the best that it can be. The
day of my first dive was just after a storm (a couple days before) so the
swells were still pretty large. We stayed in the bay and made some nice
dives (Turtle Heaven). Patrice carries a slate and points out and explains
a lot of the rarer sightings.

On my next dives Jason was the divemaster and he also did a great job point
out critters and leading a tour. Other divers were newer and ran out of air
faster, so on both dives after everyone else was back on the line doing
safety stops he would do another loop with me looking for critters we might
have missed on the early part of the dive.

They manage all your gear for you. You give it to them early on, an they
prep it all for you, and help you get in and out of the water (if you need

They have a nice assortment of snacks for the surface interval (or on the
way back): Patrice's famous brownies, fruits, vegies, etc. 

The only less than excellent item I would report is the organizational fact
that they have people come to the marina, meet up with the boat on the
trailer, wait for everyone to dribble in, launch the boat, and finally get
under way. As long as you are relaxed about the day, it all goes fine.

Side note: The King Kamehameha Hotel was OK. Mostly a big, not personal
operation, except the restaurant staff is very friendly. The breakfast
buffet is reasonably priced. The hotel is at a very convenient location to
Alii Street where there are restaurants and shopping.
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