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Dive Review of Sandwich Island Divers in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Rigg, ID, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6531
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Belize, Aruba, Curacao,
Cozumel, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Once you had been checked out you could dive your own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
no rinse tank on boat but they were sensitve to the cameras and made sure
they were safe and out of the way.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Sandwich Island Divers (SID) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
SID is my type of shop, medium size boat, limited number of divers and the
operator lets you dive at your level.  This is not to imply a lack of
safety or communication.  I watch the owner Steve work with new divers and
first time divers.  His main concern is safety and then the groups
ability.  Steve always had an additional diver on the boat that was an
additional guide.  Both Steve and his helpers took the time underwater to
point out interesting things which we discussed back on board.  I have over
170 dives and Steve pointed out to me my first frogfish, he was small maybe
2 inches but so cool.  Steve likes to dive slowly and look around which is
the best way to see the cool stuff.  Diving with Steve and his co-workers
is like diving with a friend not a company.  The boat holds 6 comfortably 8
would be a crowd.   If you want a personal dive trip with a friend (no
matter what our diving level) I highly recommend Sandwich Island Divers.
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