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Dive Review of Sea Paradise/Holua Resort in
Hawaii/Big Island

Sea Paradise/Holua Resort, Oct, 2010,

by Paul , TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 5749.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Keys, Maui, Lanai
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 45 min or 500 psi Time loosely enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 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 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Went with Sea Paradise after several years because we have always had a rewarding dive experience with them and this was no exception. They now run a spacious catamaran and combine snorkelers and divers. We were the only 2 divers and were treated royally. The stairs lower between pontoons and are so easy to go up that my wife, with knee problems, chose to enter and exit the water without assistance. Divemaster Nick was friendly, attentive and environmentally conscious. No grabbing or disrupting sea life and we had the pleasure of watching an octopus change shape and color unmolested for several minutes. We asked for, and got to dive, large lava tube in the Red Hill area, despite some surge. No time pressure and on the way to the dive sites Captain Chris circled what we think was a whale shark for several minutes because we kept losing it in the glare. Nice sandwich fixings, salads and soft drinks during the surface interval. Nick changed out tanks and even packed our gear as we were returning to the dock. The only down side was that the first dive is always Kealakekua Bay which is great snorkeling but only OK diving. Bottom is 111 feet but we dove there before and Nick was fine with cruising at 65 feet along the slope. Holua Resort is walking distance from the dock in a lovely, quiet tropical garden setting. Full kitchen facilities which combined with shopping at Costco helps costs considerably. Costco also has the best gas prices on the island and we fed 4 for lunch (soft drinks included) for $12.
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