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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/Kona Reef Condos in
Hawaii/Big Island - Kona Coast

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Sherrie Barker, OR, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5437
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Belize, Utila, Roatan, Fiji, Maui, Lanai, Cozumel, Costa Rica,
Hoodsport WA 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile, 3 minute safety stop at 500-700 psi.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Specific tank for camera gear rinse. Could use space in cabin for
maintenance issues.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Steve runs an excellent dive operation. We like the small boats, and the
maximum of 6 was great. There were only 4 of us each day, plus our
divemaster and Steve on board. Divemasters Bob and Cathy really know the

We had excellent visibility even though the water temp had dropped. Adding
a vest on the second dive made a world of difference. The dives were all
more than an hour. Whales singing made it even better! Conditions were
right for Suck 'em Up and it's resident white tip. Skull Cave is
fascinating with its topography and critters. 

In addition to the usual cast of characters we found two frogfish, a small
leaf scorpionfish, several nudis and flatworms, pipefish, medusas, some
interesting corals and sponges, and a very photogenic octopus. Everyplace
we went there was something to see. Even the eels posed for the cameras. 

Topside we had dolphin escorts and whales close to the boat.

We would recommend Wanna Dive Kona without hesitation. Their price is
right, they're conscientious, your gear is washed before you get it off the
boat, and the interval snack was awesome! They have a new office above
Honokohau Harbor. 

Kona Reef is all about location. Rent through VRBO or one of the rental
agencies. Be sure to check out the Alii Gardens Marketplace - try the Kona
Natural Soap. 

This is still one of our favorite places to spend a couple of weeks,
without a doubt.

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