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Dive Review of Aloha Dive Company in
Hawaii/the big island

Aloha Dive Company, Jun, 2002,

by Vicki Huffman & Al Knight, WI, USA . Report 36.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Mike Nakachi, owner operator of Aloha Dive Company, along with First Mate Earl, is a dream come true. We met the native Hawaiians in December of 1998, logged 150+ dives since then, and have yet to find a land based operator that beats their attention to clients. Mike’s enthusiasm for the rare and endemic fish never stops, nor his excitement at anything BIG. No burn out or lackadaisical attitude here.

Want to go on the Manta Ray night dive? In 1998 he advised us to cancel unless we just wanted a straight night dive, mantas hadn’t been sighted in a month. This June, he asked if we wanted to add it to our already booked five days of diving as the mantas were back (and boy were they…this is indescribable, just go do it for yourself….and Earl knows how to make the Mantas leave the 45 other divers and swoop incessantly right overhead ADC’s six divers).

You say that you like to fish? Earl and Mike set up two fishing rods in holders during the surface intervals on remote southern dives and four (35-40 pound) ono were caught over two days. Bonus: Earl’s folks have a restaurant in Kona and Earl makes a great black bean sauce to accompany the ono!

Of course there are Buffy’s famous cookies (three kinds) for snacks, but it is the frog fish, flame wrasse, juvenile dragon wrasse, Titan and Black Leaf scorpion fish, octopus, red striped pipefish, hammerhead sharks, turtles, etc. that Mike and Earl find that make us want to dive with these guys again!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving many spots in the Caribbean, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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