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Dive Review of Big Island Divers/Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel in
Hawaii/Big Island

Big Island Divers/Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel, Mar, 2006,

by Bob & Laura Mosqueda, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2342.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Maui, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We dove as a group with the DM. This wasn't a problem as they went to reasonable depths (80 feet max) for what there was to see and there were a small number of divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We stayed in a nice resort area, Hapuna Beach, but it was a long drive south to Kona (about an hour, with a lot of traffic at times) to get to the boat. Big Island Divers was a first rate operation: safety-conscious, excellent service, and reasonable (for Hawaii) prices. They set up equipment, helped with getting in/out, and have friendly and knowledgeable guides. One DM (Frank) has a tendendcy to go fast which is a shame because there are a lot more things to see if you take your time. We went on two of the famous night "manta dives"... we saw no mantas on one dive but had wonderful encounters with 2 mantas on the other dive. To this operation's credit, on the night we were skunked the dm (Frank) took us on a series of "tours" that added up to a reasonable night dive. We would leave the manta sight for 10 minutes and tour around, then come back to see if the mantas had arrived; we did this for about an hour, but no luck. The other dive operations had left after only 20 minutes.
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