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Dive Review of Big Island Water Sports/cruise in
Hawaii/Kona

Big Island Water Sports/cruise, Sep, 2006,

by Ron Steedman, FL, usa (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 3598.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Due to our arrival time, on a cruise, we had no option other than to use the cruise ship dive operation, as most independent operators leave early. Although the dive operation itself was good, there was the normal problem in diving with a cruise, too many inexperienced divers, preventing the divemaster from doing much of anything other than preventing them from getting lost or drowning. We were generally, having done many dives in the Caribbean, disappointed with the diving due to a lack or corals and gorgonians, and just the overall underwater topography. We dove Golden Arches and Golden Eel sites, and did get to see fishes we dont normally see in Florida or the Caribbean, such as Picasso triggers, Kole & yellow tangs, Bird Nose wrasses, a school of needlefish, and also a Crown of thorns, and some variations of other fishes. Black sand was unusual, and the Hawaiian Islands are beautiful, and well worth a visit, but I wouldnt make this trip for the diving.
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