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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Kona Sea Village in

Jack's Diving Locker/Kona Sea Village, Oct, 2007,

by Rick Back, WA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3791.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A group of ten divers and 4 snorkelers spent Halloween week in Kona staying at Sea Village, booked through SunQuest Vacations. My wife and I have been diving with Jack's for 8 years now with everyone else making their first Kona dives. The weather was fantastic with flat surface conditions. We dived sites from Garden Eels up north to Driftwood down south. The staff at Jack's always delivers a great experience. It started with the newest boat, the Kea Nui, which is the only way to fly-plenty of room to stretch out, dedicated camera space, and lots of shade. Keller, Doug, Eli, and Patrick, along with Captains Danny and Roger, left no details unattended for the four days we dived. Gear is delivered to the boat and set up for you, broken down, rinsed, and stored back at the shop. The first day started with a Manta fly-by within the first two minutes of the dive...a good omen of things to come. The next day was the Manta dive and things just got better with Mantas on the afternoon dive and 12 during the Manta dive. The next two days of diving covered sites down south with one surface interval at the Captain Cook monument in Kealakakua Bay and another enjoying a rare visit with a large pod of bottlenose dolphins. On a group day off, six of us went out on the Pelagic Magic blackwater dive. Just seeing the stars from three miles off the coast was incredible and the dive was surreal. I would have never considered this dive in the past and now can't wait to get back to do it again. If you only enjoy big critters, this might not be your dive, but if you want to see things you've never seen or imagined, don't miss it. Various members of the group also sampled the shore diving. It's really nice to pick up your gear where it's stored for you at the shop, dive, and return it to a locker, as opposed to washing gear in the condo. The shop staff was extremely helpful, with a special thanks to Angela. You can't go wrong with these folks. At the end of the trip there were no complaints. One snorkeler took the giant stride on a Try Scuba trip and immediately planned to get certified after getting home. Another of the group has been diving for more years than I'm allowed to say, and after many years in the industry with trips covering the globe, rated this trip one of the best he has ever taken, this after trips on the Nautilus Explorer to Port Hardy in June and to Mexico for the Great Whites in September. Not to be missed is the beer and the pizzas at the Kona Brewing pub.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving British Columbia, Washington state
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0-0°F / -18--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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