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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/Kona Coast Resort II in
Hawaii/Kona

Wanna Dive Kona/Kona Coast Resort II, Apr, 2008,

by Randi Dillow, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4078.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize Atolls, Cayman Brac/Little Cayman, San Salvador Bahamas, South Caicos, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, Monterey Bay
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with 500 pounds of air. Depth isn't much of an issue in Kona.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera rinse tank on board.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Wanna Dive Kona is a small (6-pack) dive operator who runs a 25-foot newly refurbished boat out of Honokohau Harbor (where most of the operators in Kona depart). We did 6 days of 2-tank dives the last week in April. Owner (Steve)and divemasters (Bob and Kathy) provided an excellent experience for our 3 divers and one rider. We were pretty much confined to sites north of Honokohau Harbor due to weather, but saw schooling spinner dolphins every day above water, and on one day about 25 of them paid us a visit underwater. It was pretty spectacular. We also saw one manta, a white tip reef shark, a large leatherback turtle and two spotted eagle rays. The water was a little colder than we anticipated and the "vog" hanging over Kona kept the sun from warming us up between dives. Steve was kind enough to provide us with thermal protection (no extra charge) and we got through our 60 to 70 minute dives without freezing to death. Steve provides a sandwich lunch every day, as well as drinks and snacks. He includes gear storage, set up and rinsing at the conclusion. Divemaster Bob is the first divemaster I have run into in a long time who really loves what he does and was very knowledgeable and excited about the sites and fish we encountered. Steve gave us an excellent price for the diving and charged about half of what everyone else in Kona charges for a rider. In fact, my husband wasn't feeling well and decided on short notice to sit out one of the dive days on deck mid-week and Steve only charged him the rider rate for that day (unheard of in Kona). A couple of the days we had the boat to ourselves, but on days we had one or two additional divers, the boat was very comfortable for all aboard. We highly recommend Wanna Dive Kona. If I have anything negative to say it would be that he gets kind of a late start (we met at 9:00 every morning and didn't leave until closer to 9:30). That put us back on shore at about 2:30 to 3:00 every day. We didn't mind because we came there to dive, not sightsee. We didn't notice any difference in the water conditions in the afternoon as compared with the morning. We have been diving in Kona before (with Jack's Dive Locker) and prefer the small boat experience and attitude of Wanna Dive Kona any day. When I was researching dive operators before the trip, one of the larger operators (Kona Honu) actually told me they dont have a 6-day package and would not give us the same price for the 6th day of diving as the previous 5. The sixth day was going to cost $10 MORE than the 5 previous dive days. Unbelievable. Steves website provides good restaurant recommendations and you should also check out his blog.
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