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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker in
Hawaii/Big Island

Jack's Diving Locker: "Good Days at Jack's", Oct, 2015,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 8650 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Day diving, best suited to divers with some day boat experience. Relatively crowded boats, but really good organization makes it all go smoothly. And individual attention - no "one size better fit all." For example, we told the staff we'd like to set up/change our own gear. Everyone remembered and made it easy; no grumbling. We did a day of two tank dive, a day of "long distance" two tanks, and a dusk + night two tank dive intended to attract manta(s) at night.
Hawaiian undersea topography is mainly rocks, not the corals of tropical Pacific. Off Kona, the bottom is mainly black sand. The water was warm, 81, one degree cooler than it was in Palau the week before. This is warm for Hawaii, and we saw plenty of bleached coral from the heat. Also a 7 foot tiger shark, come north seeking cooler water. Not a lot of big fish, but the variety of triggerfish, butterflies & surgeons is amazing.
The night dive brought in a single manta, probably worth the wait, but surge on the bottom in 50 feet made staying in place difficult.
Crew, aboard and in shops, are experienced, knowledgeable and pleasant. All the boats have hot showers & marine heads; the 2 we saw had good sun cover. We dove nitrox but there's really no need.
We rented a nice house, but plenty of hotels of all grades. Tourist-friendly destination - we'll go back, and Jack's is a high point.
Websites Jack's Diving Locker   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, Fernando de Noronha, Auatralia, Fiji, PNG, Micronesia
Closest Airport KOA Getting There Easy from HNL, few from mainland

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0-50 Ft/ 0-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dives which was fine with us, never in Kona before. Back with 500 psi. You couldn't get into deco if you wanted to.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 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 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
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