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Dive Review of Sea Adventures in
Hawaii/Kohala coast

Sea Adventures, Oct, 2012,

by Ernest Lavagetto, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6743.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions recreational limits apply
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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