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Dive Review of Wanna Dive/Kona by the Sea, ResortQuest in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lynn Opp, CA, U.S.A. (1 report)
Report Number 3840
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Cayman Islands, Belize, Yap, Channel Islands CA, Maui,
Cozumel, Riviera Maya-Dos Ojos, Florida Keys, Caribean, US Northeast
Coastline, Laguna, Monteray   
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, 80 ft, 500 lbs on board  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There seemed to be enough room for all the gear including camera equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My husband and I spent 4 days on the Big Island for volcano viewing and 2
days of diving. We happened to be on island during a large surge, so our
first dive day was cancelled. We were very concerned we wouldn't get into
the water at all. Luckily Wanna Dive came to the rescue and took us out for
the 2nd day even though we were the only guests on board. Steve, the owner
was the Captain and Cathy was the divemaster. They did a fantastic job. We
chose Wanna Dive because of good reviews, the boat leaves at 9 am instead
of sunrise and they have a 6 person max. We were not dissappointed. They
handled all our gear including rinsing, gave incredible dive briefings, led
a great underwater tour and provided first class service every step of the
way. I noticed Cathy began accessing our skill and risk levels right away.
She's been diving and captaining boats in Kona for 30 years. I'd feel very
comfortable diving with her no matter what my skill level was. Steve was
very accommodating and made sure we received all the service and
information we could handle. He's also a great source of underwater
information. The boat was recently refurbished and was clean and
comfortable. Because of the surge conditions, our diving choices were
limited. We moored at nearby Pawai Bay, a beautiful refuge full of colorful
fish with whales singing in the background. We also viewed a couple
humpbacks on the way to the dive site. For more details on Kona critters go
to where Steve provides a wealth of
information on Kona diving. When I scheduled the diving, I requested a 3
dive charter. Steve told me he could save us some money by doing 2 very
long satisfying dives. He was right. Each dive was 60 minutes and covered a
lot of ground. When I surfaced, I didn't feel the need to dive a third time
that day. The company website is

We stayed at Kona by the Sea, ResortQuest. It was a large condominium with
a king size bed, a full kitchen, 2 baths, a large living area and a balcony
overlooking the ocean. We spent most of our time on the balcony watching
body surfers just below us and whales migrating in the distance. There's a
pool and hot tub on the grounds and a sea water pool a few yards away. They
also have gas BBQs available on the beach. There's no beach access--it's
all rocky shore. But the grounds have a sandy area with lounge chairs
overlooking the water. The main town is about a mile away with a large
choice of good restaurants and bars. There are no restaurants on the
grounds. Safeway is about a mile a way. I made our reservation through
Costco but you can call them directly. Costco provided a good package with
the condominium and rental car. I strongly recommend an "ocean
front" room rather than an "ocean view' room which isn't as close
to the ocean.
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