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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/condo VRBO in
Hawaii/Kona

Wanna Dive Kona/condo VRBO, Aug, 2011,

by David Dornbusch, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6211.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Galapagos, Fiji, Borneo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Yap, Great Barrier Reef/Coral Sea, Tahiti, Tonga, Cozumel, Roatan, Puerto Rico, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Maui, British Virgins
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile, back on boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Steve runs a very efficient and diver-friendly operation. You meet him at the habor launch ramp (between Kailua and the airport) at 9:15 and sometimes pass by a school of dolphins to and from the dive sites. Steve serves half a sandwich and drinks during the surface intervals. His boat is 30 feet with twin outboards, has a canopy to block the sun and a great ladder no smashed fingers. He guarantees his reservations, never cancelling because of too few divers, like some of the other dive operators will. He washes and dries your gear overnight, having it on the boat and ready the next morning.

His divemasters (Brian for 4 days and Bob for 1) were very experienced, enthusiastic, helpful and friendly. They have great eyes, finding very hard-to-find fish and critters, such as leaf scorpionfish, octopus, etc. Our group, never exceeding 6, included both very experienced and novice divers, but they easily accommodated both, leaving the more experienced-low air consuming divers in the water on their own long after the novices surfaced. Some of our dives exceeded 80 minutes.

The corals and critters at the Kona dive sites were much better than the ones I recall in Maui. The not-to-be-missed dive is the manta ray night dive. Four mantas did their graceful feeding dances for about an hour, often passing within inches of our heads.

My only criticism was that the 3 mm wetsuit my nephew rented from Steve had a 10" tear leaving the back of his right shoulder open. It was the only wetsuit available that fit him, which was surprising, since I think he ought to be an easy fit at 5'-9" and 150 lbs. He's young so didn't mind, but I was sometimes cold in my 5 mm.
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