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Dive Review of Jack's Diving Locker/Royal Kona Resort in

Jack's Diving Locker/Royal Kona Resort: "Fun Time in Kona", Jun, 2015,

by Leigh Vinzant, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 8262.

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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We dove with Jackís Diving Locker for three days while vacationing in Kona. They were a very professionally run operation. The friendly staff at the downtown store was helpful and answered all our questions and the boat crew was extremely competent and safety minded. Our first dive, the Pelagic Magic dive was very well orchestrated. A maximum of six divers can participate in this specialty dive and we had six on our night. After the sun set, the boat motored out three miles to depths over 5000 feet. Weighted downlines were dropped over the sides of the boat. Each diver was attached by a jon line to his or her own down line and could descend to any depth along the line, stopping at the weights on the bottom of the 45-foot long line. The lines allowed the divers to become engrossed in the activity around them and not worry about getting lost due to disorientation. We watched an abundance of strange creatures make their nightly vertical migration to feed. Most of what we saw were tiny, semi-transparent larval forms of sea life. It was interesting and educational. I highly recommend this dive for those who are comfortable in the dark ocean. The next day, we did an afternoon dive followed by the manta night dive. The manta night dive was organized chaos. Our boat had twelve divers, four snorkelers, and five crew. There were at least a dozen other fully loaded boats at the site. Divers were seated all around the main spotlight and scores of snorkelers bobbed overhead. We had nine mantas show up to entertain us for an hour. Although I do not like crowds, this was a dive worth doing. For our third dive day, we did an advanced two-tank boat dive. The sites were far away and along the way, we stopped to watch a pod of pilot whales. The dives were average dives over collapsed lava tubes and through some interesting arch formations. If you donít expect much in the way of color, coral, and fish life, then they are fun dives. You have to remember this area is fairly new and the reefs are just getting established. Spinner dolphins showed up during our surface interval and we saw a hammerhead shark swimming at the surface during our trip back to the harbor. Jackís provided transportation to the boats, as well food and drinks on board. We never felt rushed and had lots of bottom time, with each dive lasting more than an hour. We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort and chose it because it was across the street from Jackís. The resort was comfortable with large, clean rooms that could use a little updating. The food at the casual bar was delicious. The pool was a little small, but we never had a problem getting lounge chairs. The staff was friendly and the on-site luau was entertaining.
Websites Jack's Diving Locker   Royal Kona Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Bonaire, Roatan, Bahamas, Caymans, Mexico
Closest Airport Kona International Getting There Daily flights on United; some non-stop from major cities

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The dives were with a guide, so we needed to stay within site of him or her. We dove computers and watched our limits. We headed back when our individual air got low and did not have to return as a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had a dedicated table for cameras which included a GoPro charging station; dedicated rinse buckets
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