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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/n/a in

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Robin Luberoff, MA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6614
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay with dive master, come up with the first to run out of air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
1 stars   
1 stars    
This was the worst-run dive operation I have ever experienced.   I won't go
into all the details, but here are a few:  We were going on a 2-tank manta
ray dive (by the way, the manta ray part of it was extraordinary.   I would
recommend that to anyone.  Not to be missed.), and were told to meet the
boat in a marina at 4:00.   The boat was on a trailer in the parking lot
and they had us waiting for almost an hour in the lot before they were
ready to get in the water.   We told them ahead of time what equipment we
needed and they didn't have some of it with them and had to borrow from
another operator.    We went to the dive site where we would later see the
manta rays for a first check-out dive.   The dive master set up our
equipment and made a mistake with my husband's set up and his weights which
he didn't discover until he was in the water.   He was so distrustful after
that that he aborted the dive.   He was a while on the surface, unable to
inflate his BCD, before the captain would lower a ladder for him.   The
dive master then motioned to me that he would be my dive buddy and then
proceeded to ignore me for the rest of the dive.   In the break between
dives, they provided a snack of one half a sandwich and water, nothing
else.  The second dive, to see the mantas, was a night dive.   The dive
master told us to meet at the bottom of the anchor line, so we could stay
together, but left there before I and two others were there, so we had to
try to keep an eye on him in the dark, and with lots of other divers
around, to keep together.   I lost him, but luckily one of the other divers
was able to find him.   At the end of the dive, he brought us up at the
wrong boat and we had to swim on the surface, seriously over-weighted, in
the dark, surrounded by lots of boats, some of which were starting to move
off, and in a very choppy surface.    We had been planning to dive again
with them the next day but cancelled because we considered diving with them
unsafe.  I am sorry to be so negetive, but I know I would have liked to
have had this information before I went. 
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By robinneal at Jul 20, 2012 11:46 EST  
My wife commented on  Wanna Dive , June 2012, in Hawaii. 
The  gearing up and entering the water was rushed,  When my turn to enter
the water came, the boat captain came to assist and my BC did not inflate,
the hose was not  connected. He struggled but said he connected the
inflator hose. It seemed ok   I  rolled into the water and started the swim
to the anchor line. noticed that I could not breathe and the BC seemed to
have a buoyancy problem. I turned back to the boat called for assistance 
the dive master had told my buddy to start down before I entered the water.
The dive master was not present on the surface .  At this point I was
having difficulty, couldnt breathe and was getting anxious. I yelled again
that I was in trouble and said put down the ladder, which was in the up
position.  After another shout the ladder was put down and I began an
unassisted climb.   I told the captain I was not going to  dive.  

 I definitely would not recommend Wanna Dive Hawaii
By halems at Aug 27, 2012 19:27 EST  
Neal, did you even check the inflator to make sure it worked before
entering the water?  That Pre-Dive Buddy Check you learned in your
beginning class was there for a reason.
By robinneal at Aug 27, 2012 22:10 EST  
certainly you are correct on the need to check and recheck the
equipment.had that been the only problem   the review would not have been
written, but the sources of dissatisfaction were many!
By robinneal at Aug 27, 2012 22:10 EST  
certainly you are correct on the need to check and recheck the
equipment.had that been the only problem   the review would not have been
written, but the sources of dissatisfaction were many!
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