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Dive Review of Bule Wilderness in
Hawaii/Kona/Waikaloa

Bule Wilderness, Feb, 2010,

by Dan Clements, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 5399.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Puget Sound, British Columbia, Monterey, Guadalupe, Galapagos, Maui, Kona, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Mexico, Oman, Dubai
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Diving is off a zodiac, so a rise bucket, if desired, on board. Large rinse bucket on shore at launching area at Paniao.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have dived with nine or ten different Kona operators, and Blue Wilderness is one of the best we have found, especially if you are staying in the Waikoloa area. They are located in Queen's Marketplace, and launch a few miles north at Paniao.

We found the coral, fish, and invertebrates much better in this area than the Kailua dive locations. At one point we were diving lava tubes with whales "talking" a hundred or so yards away. The tubes amplified the sound, and it was magical. Turtle cleaning stations, lots to see, good operation.

Also was able to get a good shot of a devil scorpionfish. One of the best three days of diving with them that we have had on Kona coast.

Have not seen a review of this operation, and decided to post one.
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