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Dive Review of Wanna Dive in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Halem, CA, USA
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Report Number 4271
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, Florida, Cancun, Carribean
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep the DM informed of air status, notify at 1500 and 700.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No table, boat is too small, but rinse tank and great care taken for your
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was an excellent operation in terms of both dive sites and customer
care.  I did both the evening Manta dive and a morning two tank dive. The
evening dive was the classic Kona Manta dive, a twilight dive at Garden Eel
Cove, followed by the Manta dive after dark at the same location.  This was
my second attempt at a Manta dive.  I was assured that the Manta show up
about 90% of the time, last year they didn't.  This year it was looking
that I was a bad omen for Mantas.  We had broken the "campfire"
where everyone sits with lights aimed up and were headed for the reef to
look for morays when someone sighted one Manta.  One was all it took.  She
(I think it was a she) stayed in our area for 30-40 minutes, constantly
swooping right over our heads and then heading up a little to do loops and
rolls.  It is quite an experience, to have that two foot wide mouth heading
right at your face, only to peel off a foot or two away.  On some passes,
she even brushed across my head.  You aren't supposed to touch them, but
what can you do when they touch you?    Those 40 minutes are some of the
best time I have ever spent underwater.  Two days later, I went out with
Steve (Captain & Owner) and Bob (DM) again.  This was for a normal
morning two tank dive.  We dove Shark Fin where we went down about 120 feet
looking for some special fish (that didn't appear) and then slowly swam up
so that our total time wasn't significantly reduced.  The second dive at
Thunder Cave include a very short entry into a cave (about 15 feet).  The
surge causes it to feel like a rumbling thunder when you are in the cave. 
Who said that water wasn't compressable.  One of the highlights of this
trip was the whale shark that swam across above us while we were on the
reef.  What a big fish!!  All in all, this is a first class operation with
care for the environment, and interest in the underwater creatures and
excellent service to the divers.  It is a six-pac boat, so there isn't a
lot of space so book early.  My only complaint, and it was a very minor
one, was that there should be more munchies on board during the surface
interval and for the ride home.  Not a big issue since I always bring my
own along.
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