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Dive Review of DiveTek in
Hawaii/Kona

DiveTek, Jun, 2007,

by Peter Korn, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3381.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Fiji, Cozumel, Monterey, Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits gently enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They dedicated a large rinse bucket for my camera (I was the only photographer both days), and handled my gear well.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments DiveTek (www.divetekadventures.com) was *fabulous* For a small extra fee, they provided steel tanks for my wife and I (96cuft for me, 116cuft for her - different sizes by my request). They took good care of us, and were especially accommodating of my wife's needs (she has rheumatoid arthritis, and they allowed her to walk down into the water via their stairs, and then helped her don her pre-weighted BC; the reverse returning from the dive). They checked in with us a fair amount at first (good as my wife is still a fairly new diver), then rapidly cut back from that as we demonstrated our competence.

I was further amazed at how large & nice their boat was, especially in relation to the number of divers (space for ~40 tanks behind the benches, half covered). We dove with them 2 days. The first day there were three staff (our guide Janice, the owner Keith, and the boat captain), four diving customers, and one staff friend diving (with a rebreather). Second day my wife and I were the only paying customers, with two staff (same guide & captain) and the same rebreathing staff friend. Another accommodation for us: instead of their usual 7:30am departure time they departed at 9am, allowing us time to drive the 90 minutes to Kona from our family's place in Naahlehu (we were the first to book, so our desire set the departure time).

My one, minor complaint: our wetsuits didn't get enough of a rinse by the staff, especially as we left them overnight for the second dive.

We saw eagle rays, dolphins, octopuses, nudibranchs, trumpet & cornet fish, the beautiful egg rose of a Spanish Dancer, a frog fish, and of course lots of eels (especially at the Garden Eel Cove site) and other local fish. Thanks to our larger capacity tanks, our dives lasted from 53-74 minutes (at max depths ranging from 54-76 feet).

The only experience I have had as close as nice to this from an operation was with Living Underwater in Cozumel in 2002. I had more fun diving there (because it was Cozumel), and while their staff was/is great, this staff experience was better - especially given my wife's needs (she wasn't with me in Cozumel).
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