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Dive Review of Big Island Divers in
Hawaii/Big Island - Kona

Big Island Divers: "Kona Blackwater Dive & Manta Ray Night Dive", Apr, 2018,

by Vickie Ellett, OR, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10235 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dive #2: We also made manta ray night dive with TORPEDO TOURS, booked through KONA HONU. We had 3 divers and 4 snorkelers, just our group on the boat.
If you haven't made this dive, you should. It's a bit crazy, multiple boats, and seems like about 100 people in the water. But to see those majestic rays, 5-6 at a time, is not to be missed. A big moray eel, and Hawaiian seal added to the fun. We had several first time snorkelers, and first time at night, dive guides did a good job and everyone had a good time. Most of the dive is spent kneeling down on the bottom, so wear a good wetsuit, you will get cold. Kona Honu has a good short video on their website, that will give you a taste of the dive.
Also recommend snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach Park, right in town. About a zillion people, good variety of fish, and not too crowded once you get out in the water. picnic tables, showers, snacks, some shade, limited parking, so you may have to drop people off and park up the road.
Vis & water temps varied.I hope this review isn't too confusing. I made 2 night dives, both very different-don't really fit in the form.
Websites Big Island Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Oregon, Washington, California, Galapagos, Palau, Raja Ampat/Indonesia, Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 76-°F / 24-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive #1: Made "Blackwater Dive", night dive, boat goes 3 miles straight out from island, 6 divers, drift tethered, 45'deep below the boat. saw some interesting/odd creatures. I would have gone again, but they were booked .
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew was very helpful w/camera. And we had our own rinse bucket.
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