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Dive Review of Wanna Dive/Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort in

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Franklin Mah, CA, USA
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Report Number 4545
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Tahiti, Fiji, Palau, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow in general direction of DM;  notify DM when air is 1500 and 600  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Cathy was the DiveMaster during my dives. After getting to the diver site
but prior to suiting up for the dive, Cathy takes the time to brief divers
about the area and introduce the fish that we might encounter in there. She
also brought along a camera. During the dives, she would find and point out
the fish for us. Without her doing that, my the photo opportunities would
have been half of of what they were. I would say that on every dive, I was
able to see various critters that I have never seen before. There is a
rinse bucket on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
When I was researching diving in Kona, I was concerned about the large
boats and the smaller boats. It seemed like the large boats offered better
facilities, but the smaller ones offered more customed dives based on the
divers. But then I realized that I have never dove anywhere where there was
a large boat with lots of divers. So I went with Wanna Dive and a limit of
6 divers. The main reason? In his posting on scubaboard, he didn't always
mentioned his own operations when he could have...and he never trashed or
said anything bad about anyone. He also has a blog that gives you a bit
about him and various topics including diving and Hawaii.

Steve hauls in his boat into the parking lot of the Honakohau Marina at 9am
on the days he goes out. The 9am time is good for me because I didn't feel
that I had to get up early and rush. From my hotel 10 miles away, I was
able to get there in about 20-25 minutes and that is with road
construction. Paperwork and equipment transfer takes about 20-30 minutes
then we were underway.

I had booked for 5 days of diving along with the Manta Ray night dive. On
the very first day that I went out, I was the only person. It was basically
just Steve and Cathy as the DiveMaster. I really appreciated them taking me
out even though they probably didn't make any money that day. It was a good
thing because I was trying out a new suit and my mask was leaking so there
were problems to resolve. The next day, we had a full boat of 6 divers.
Boat size was not a problem, it was not any worse than other boats I have
been on. Cathy does a very good job of finding critters and pointing them
out. One Eagle Ray she pointed out long before anyone even saw it. She
tries to get you under the boat with 500 lbs of air so it does not affect
the dive for the divers who can stay longer.

After the first dive, they move to the second location and you can drink
water, sports drink and eat a sandwich and snacks. Boat returns to the
harbor in the 2pm area. They will rinse your equipment in the wash area. It
is closer to 2-3pm when you are really out of there.

On my third day of diving, we had 5 divers (4 were part of a group). When
they said that they were going to take the next day off and do the night
dive the following day, that would have left just me on the next day. When
I confirmed with Steve that there was no other diver other than me, I
decided to skip the next day for the Manta Ray night dive too. Steve was
willing to take me the next day but I figured that he already had done it
once and I was not going to force him to do it again.

I rented a BCD from Wanna Dive rather than bringing my own. That would have
required 2 pieces of luggage to be checked in rather than one. That would
have also required a $50 payment in total checkin fees for the second
piece. Initially United wanted to charge $50 each way but kept it at $25.
Still, Steve only charged me $30 for 4 days of rental. That is way cheap! 

I am glad that I went with Wanna Dive and would do it again. Steve is a man
of his word and prices are about the lowest out there. Cathy is just
outstanding as a guide for underwater photography.
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