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

Jack's Diving Locker/Royal Kona: "Manta diving", Oct, 2014,

by Joe Hamernick, MN, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8056 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Truk, Australia, all the main Hawaiian islands, all three Cayman islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Bonaire, Roatan, Florida Keys.....
Closest Airport Kona Getting There Most airlines fly direct to Kona from the US mainland.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Even though in the dive briefing they did talk about being back on the boat with 500 psi, that was about it. They basically let you stay in the water as long as you wanted. No one ever forced you out. We had some very long dives with the shallow water. Our average dive depth was 40 to 50 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The boat we were on had a nice large table for cameras. The dive staff did a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This trip was planned with Manta dives in mind. Unfortunately, we got to the island the day before hurricane Ana hit. Lucky for us it passed 85 miles to the south but we did lose a few days of diving because of the storm. When we finally got in the water the seas were about 3 to 4 feet with a strong surge beneath the waves. This is highly unusual for the Kona coast. We did our Manta dive on our first dive day. The boat was packed with 18 divers and seven snorkelers and a half dozen dive guides. The Manta dive was incredible! A few people didn't make it because they got sick. Th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Haponskiin , at Mar 06, 2015 23:31 EST  
Any details on the location or name of the sites? Did you rent tanks from Jacks for the shore diving or get them somewhere else?
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