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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Dive Makai/Hale Kona Kai, Jul, 2005,

by J. Ferguson, VA, USA . Report 1867.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We dove with Dive Makai for four days on the Kona Coast. They leave early from Honokohau Harbor. Be prepared for a pretty smelly place from all of the fishing boats.

Dive Makai is famous for their detailed dive briefings. Don’t rush into getting your gear on – the briefings are something like 15+ minutes. They give you info on what to expect underwater – the layout of the dive site, currents, and most importantly what kind of critters and fish you should look for. Not only do you see pictures during the dive briefing, but you learn about fish behavior and how they change from juveniles to adults. In one place, they told us about a hybrid tang and where to look for it! After the dive, be prepared for the talk of what everyone saw and the picture books will come out to identify the finds.

If you can, try to fit in their Adventure Day. They go places outside of their normal areas – which is fun for the crew and passengers. Here’s where you become very aware that they have no head on the boat.

Dive Makai is being sold, but I understand that most of the crew will be staying. Each of the divemasters are great.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0-0 Ft/ 0-0 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Optionally led by divemaster, but always time at the end of the dive to finish tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments
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