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Dive Review of Blue Wilderness /Hualai home in
Hawaii/Hawaii Puako area

Blue Wilderness /Hualai home: "A little crowded but nice diving", Oct, 2017,

by Frank G Postillion, AZ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9883.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The diving was an inflatable boat launched at the Puako boat ramp. We handed them or equipment and they put the equipment to together on the tanks very smooth. But check your equipment to make sure your weights and everything are OK. We thought it was a smooth operation. However, I really think were too many people for the diving. We had 11 and then the captain and to dive masters. Comfort level is better with about 8 divers. Equipment was put in the water and we got her equipment on out there which was fine and it wasn't too bad, a little on the chaotic side for a while. However the dives made up for it or dive master was very attentive and he waited for all of us. The second dive was awesome. A monk seal greeted us at about 10 feet and let us video him. We then proceeded to see several white tip sharks, some turtle cleaning stations in the turtles were amazingly calmly posed for us. We also saw several white tip sharks it in the cave pass-throughs and all in all just a whole variety of critters. The garden eels and cleaner shrimp were nice additions. This part of Hawaii was very amazing in reef structure and caves. However I did notice that the coral appears to be dying. I'm not sure what the issue is but it appears to be a lot in many areas on the island of Hawaii.

The homemade cookies between dives were excellent and that may even be a reason to died with them. But seriously, they were overall a pretty decent operation I think they should limit the number of Divers to eight or nine because of the inflatable boat and size. So if you go there you might want to check on how many diver there are. A nice addition was the crew washing our BCDs and regulators after the boat was brought up.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cabo Pulmo, San Carlos, Puerto Penasco, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, BVI, St. Croix, St. John St. Thomas, Cozumel, Akumal, Florida springs and Atlantic coast,
Closest Airport Kailua-Kona Getting There Any major carrier

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Do safety stop at 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Fresh water rinse tank was good and the captain usually handed me my cameras
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