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Dive Review of Sea Paradise in
Hawaii/Big Island, Kona Coast

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Joann Mead, OH, United States
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4646
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Belize, BVI, Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
surge  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive master had profile but let experienced divers stay to max time when
she went up with those out of air.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
No rinse bucket but captain did rinse camera with fresh water hose. Place
to store camera in cabin area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We go to Hawaii every year and generally do most of our diving with Sea
Paradise. We believe the diving is better south of Kona than north and they
are the only operation south of Kona.  Max on boat is 6 divers and although
boat is small, it is comfortable and clean.  Snacks and drinks are provided
after each dive. Generally divers did a giant stride off stern or back
roll.  Current crew has been there for a couple of years.  Captain is OK,
could volunteer more help but does help when asked. Gave brief safety
briefing each trip. Dive master is conscious of the divers and watches out
for them.  Would like if if she pointed more things out under water but I
guess she is watching the divers. We did not have to come up when the first
diver ran out of air so we could do our dive our own profile to some
degree.  We did 22 dives with them over a 4 week period plus 6 shore dives
on our own.  This time of year, there is more issue with water conditions
and swells.  They are very conscious of this and pick the dive sites
accordingly.  If it is too bad, they don't go out but that only happened
the first few days we were there.
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