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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/condo VRBO in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David Dornbusch, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6211
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile, back on boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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