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Dive Review of Wanna Dive/Aston Kona By The Sea in
Hawaii/Kailua Kona, Big Island

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Nestlerode, CA., USA (1 report)
Report Number 5079
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Maui, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman,Taveuni Fiji,Loreto Baja Sur,
Beqa Lagoon Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep the dive master in sight and don't suck the tank empty  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Wanna Dive is a 24 foot boat with a maximum of 6 divers so space is at a
premium if it is full. They provide camera only, fresh water tubs and do a
good job of handing down cameras after your back roll entry and putting it
back in the tub when you reboard. The skipper, Steve Frisbie and dive
master Cathy are UWPs themselves so they are extra helpful. The alternate
dive master, Bob had a 6 inch Etch a Sketch type slate and wrote the names
of the unusual critters he found so I could shoot the critter and his name
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Aston Kona By The Sea is a very nice condo about 15 minutes from
Honakohau Harbor where all the dive boats for the Kailua Kona area are
located. There is also a Costco nearby. We thought the active volcano would
be a big plus and it was fun to go see it but the VOG it creates makes our
L.A. smog look mild by comparison. Our Condo had a sunset view but we only
saw nice colors 2 nights in 2 weeks. There was a big south swell all the
time we were there but Wanna Dive always found a sheltered area with lots
to see the 6 days we dove. They even took us out 2 days when my wife and I
were the only divers. They also took us on a spectacular Manta Ray night
dive with 1 other couple. I highly recommend Wanna Dive. We put a total of
1000 miles on our rental car the days we didn't dive. The Big Island has a
lot to see but some of it is more than 100 miles from Kailua. If we go back
I will stay at Hilo 3 or 4 days instead of driving back to Kailua, 100
miles in the dark and rain 3 times.
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