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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Paul , TN, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 5749
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Keys, Maui, Lanai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 min or 500 psi  Time loosely enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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