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

Pacific Rim Divers/King Kamehameha, Mar, 2004,

by James Fillmore, ID, USA . Report 962.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Back to boat and perform Safety Stop at 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 it).

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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