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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Outrigger Kualoa Beach Resort in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Jack's Diving Locker/Outrigger Kualoa Beach Resort, Dec, 2011,

by Michael Traylor, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 6403.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Fiji, Bahamas, Bonaire, La Paz, Belize, Caymans, Maldives, Texas Flower Gardens, Roatan, Palau, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Try to surface after 60 min. on a couple of dives due to time needed to reach the next site.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 There were large dedicated rinse tanks on the boat with a modest-sized dedicated table.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Jack's is a large shop and dive operation and my group of about 20 fitted easily onto the boat. Keller, the divemaster, and the crew were professional and helpful. Oxygen and first-aid supplies were available along w/ life jackets. One can rent anything needed. Snacks and sandwiches were served during the surface interval between dives as well as cool water and juice. However, divers were required to find their wetsuit after it was rinsed and all the rest of their kit from the tanks and place them in their mesh bags (divers' own) before the boat docked; I haven't encountered this anywhere else. The divemasters handed out business-sized cards after each trip w/ their names and the sites we dove.
The reefs were healthy-looking w/o any fans or gorgonians. Lots of reef fish of all types as well as the featured Flame Angel. Critters were hard to find. Very few big fish. Visibility is not as good as many Caribbean locales. The highlight is the night dive w/ manta rays doing aquabatics as they filter feed the plankton attracted by the divers' lights. It's not like the consecration ceremony in "Parsifal", but rather scores of divers draped all over coral heads along w/ many more snorkelers looking down from above. It is also a bit annoying to have more people loaded onto an already crowded boat for this one dive.
I also recommend the Expedia "Local Experts" scattered around the resorts for the best deals on shore excursions (and there are some very good ones).
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