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Dive Review of Torpedo Tours/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by J. Ferguson, VA, USA
Report Number 1868
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean and Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We did a one tank Manta Ray Night Dive with Torpedo Dives. We picked them
because they offer one tank dives - most places have two tanks. The new
site where the Manta Rays shows up has lots of great night diving in the
area, so we were pleased that we didn't just sit and watch for the Manta
Rays. Before and after the Manta Ray "show" we dove around the
area. Lots of cool stuff. 

There were about 50 divers in the area, each holding a light up to attract
the mantas. There was also a powerful light in the center. Four manta rays
showed up for the feeding - between 8 and 11 foot wingspan. They got to
within inches of us. The flips and barrel rolls were awesome to watch. 

Torpedo Tours allows a local photographer to video their groups. We got the
DVD - it was very expensive ($72 I think).

This is a great dive to do at least once in a lifetime. I'm glad that we
did it.
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By Ciscotsl at Aug 13, 2012 15:54 EST  
Just to add to this report, the captain and wife instructors were very
informed and helpful on the Manta Night Dive in 6/2012. We sighted 9 Mantas
ranging in wing span from 4 to 12 feet. If you want small groups (we had
six of us and three snorkelers)then these are the operators for you. I did
my own video and still, and they turned out excellent.

My wife and I did another day dive with Torpedo on a Monday and we were the
only ones. They dive every day, no shop just excellent service and diving.
They are a well kept secret and if you want small groups and well informed
guides, then this is your boat operator.
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