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Dive Review of Sea Adventures in
Hawaii/Kohala coast

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ernest Lavagetto, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6743
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, cozumel, st lucia, puerto rico , turks and caicos, beliz, roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
recreational limits apply  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
SEA ADVENTURES has operated out of the Mani Lani resort since the resort
was built a couple of decades ago. However the dive operation is
independent of the resort being "grand fathered in" on a
perpetual lease my the former landowner. Sea Adventires runs 6-pac style 
dive boats, handles all your gear for you and offers hot showers.  They
also operated a large snorkle boat.  Sea Adventures generally dives the
reef off PUAKO. This area is geologicallly interesting because of a large
number of lava tubes and caves, but from a critter standpoint has an
abundance of turtles, fish nudibranchs. Of particular interest, is a Manta
ray cleaner station nearby to the Sea Adventure dock. The visibilty is
great and the you can literally see if the mantas are there before you
begin the dive. I would say the success rate is over 33% of the time. If no
mantas are spotted you move on to another dive spot. That is right-- day
light dives with the Mantas. While Kona is famous for the night manta
dives, phtotgraphers will enjoy the daylight photo opportunities in
relatively shallow water. Be sure to bring your video camera. Sea
Adventures only advertises to the nearby resorts so it is not widely known
by the diving community but it really does offers a better dive environment
than the larger group diving boats. I been diving with Sea Adventures for
over 10 years  and I highly recommend the operation to any diver
considering Hawaii. You will also get access to Gary Simmons  probably the
best underwater guide you will ever have. The Mani Lani resort is located
about 17 miles north of Kona in the Waikaloa area. You will need to call
Sea Adventures and make reservations with Sea Adventures and get on their
customer list to get access to their dock. Don't be put off by the gated
community atmosphere, this is there for the resort and not Sea Adventures -
but then again you don't have to worry about someone breaking in to your
rental car.
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