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

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Paul and Donna Lima, TN, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 1427
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi on return to boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Returned for the fourth time to this operation which has not disappointed
us yet. Based in Keauhou Bay, about 7 miles south of Kailua-Kona and about
15 miles south of the airport, they access sites south of most of the other
dive companies which means no crowds and more pristine sites. Even though
their boat is old and slow it is comfortable enough and can accomodate 12
divers albeit in somewhat crowded conditions. Refreshments consist of fresh
pineapple, pretzels and candy bars along with water and lemonade. The thing
that sets Sea Paradise apart is the attitude of the crew who appear to
really enjoy diving and go out of their way to comply with guest requests
for dive sites and activities. Captain Tim is knowlegeable about history
and the area as well as humorous. On one trip we ran into a school of
spinner dolphin near the entrance to the bay and he turned the boat so we
could have time to watch them ride the bow wave and spin in the air. The
fact we were already late returning seemed to make no difference. Scott and
Phil were our divemasters at various times and let us dive our computers
with no time pressure at all. On Ironman day (3rd Saturday in October) many
roads were closed so we were able to take advantage of this and dive
Kealakekua Bay, mooring at a restricted mooring ball since the catamaran
that usually uses the site was involved with Ironman activities. We had the
opportunity to do two wonderful dives in this pristine Marine preserve. It
was like diving in a clear, calm aquarium with huge plate corals, fields of
finger coral and numerous fish. We stayed behind the group to watch a large
green moray and peacock grouper hunting together. Though we were gone for
quite a while no-one ever placed demands on us to rejoin the group. On yet
another trip we surfaced from a dive to find a pod of 3-5 bottlnose dolphin
near the boat. Captain Tim gave us the choice of snorkeling with the
dolphin during our surface interval or moving to another site. We chose to
spend 50 minutes watching them swimming and mating within touching distance
(though, of course, no one tried to touch them). We are now almost
expecting a special experience each and every time we go out with them and,
so far have never been disappointed.
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