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Dive Review of Dive Makai Charters in

Dive Makai Charters, May, 2006,

by Michael J Sare, NM, USA . Report 2457.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments the good": Two 2-tank dives with Dive Makai Charters (DMC) ([ link] ownership late 2005, but the same standard of excellence has been maintained. Very competently run, thorough site and naturalist pre-dive briefs. All divers experienced, competent. Many repeat customers onboard (like me). Morning two-tank routine: meet at 0730 at Honokohau Harbor (2 miles N of Kailua-Kona); in water by 0900, back at harbor by 1300-1330. Boat is 31’ custom built Radon, Lio Kai III (translates to “Seahorse” in Hawaiian); 12 divers max. I brought minimal personal gear and rented equipment from DMC. Their rental gear was in very good condition. DMC uses LP steel 80’s; boat crew accurately did math to recompute weights. I had requested a rental 3mm full wetsuit, but on first day of diving, boat crew readily admitted they pulled the wrong size by mistake. Acknowledging thier error, crew divers Todd and Mark literally gave me "the shirt (wetsuit) off their backs" by lending me their personal wetsuits for two dives. Can't beat THAT for service! As the wetsuits were 7mm and 5mm, and then the correct 3mm for the following day, boat crew rigged the correct weights for me without adjustment, every time. All four dives averaged an hour or slightly more with max depth on deepest dive 93’. Snacks, water, juice between and after dives. Thorough knowledge of dive sites by Jan, Todd, Mark, and Dave. Very, very competent at detecting underwater creatures, including: many different types of eels, juvenile and mature rock movers, frog fish, banded shrimp, octopus (including one free-swimming who gave us a color-change demo every time it settled), lobster, nudibranches galore, barracuda, “lion’s paw” sea cucumber (rare daytime find) . . . and a “swim by” by ~25 spinner dolphins while we were at a safety stop.

"the bad": None.

"what you wish you had known before you left home": Within minutes of sending DMC an email requesting updated information, Tom Shockley called me on the phone, introduced himself, provided immediate answers to my several questions, and within 2 hours had backed all that up with a more comprehensive email, and then a "snail mail" package. Tom filled in all the blanks so that there were no surprises and nothing "I wished I knew."

Bottom line: Site and operator continue to be tops in my book.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Many Caribbean Islands, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Tobago, North Carolina, Delaware, Key West, Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-76°F / 24-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer no deco dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 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]
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