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Dive Review of Kohala Divers in
Hawaii/Kohala

Kohala Divers , Jun, 2009,

by Sally Byrd , FL, St John (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 4884.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Florida , US & British Virgin Islands , Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Maldives, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Signal dive master at 1/2 tank . Start safety stop around 700 psi and surface with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I did not have one but there other divers did and were happy with the service and separate bucket

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I loved diving with Kohala divers. The staff was professional, courteous , friendly and educational . They are known for their environmental concerns regarding the native species and do not manhandle the marine life. They have a full service dive shop and service that let's you have lunch nearby while your wetsuit dries. On the boat they practically spoil you . Refreshments include the usual oranges, trail mix & cookies and they have a variety of drinks to choose from . The boat was comfortable and allowed easy entry & exit . Their top concern is safety and it shows.
The diving was easy , fun and pure relaxing and uncrowded as they favor smaller groups and the dive sites are further north than the Kona sites.
There were a couple of white tip reef sharks off Puako beach ( my favorite dive area) and several turtle cleaning stations. There was an abundance of fish , all sizes ,spinner dolphins, garden & white mouth eels and an abundance of healthy hard coral .I saw a leaf scorpion fish for the fish time and the Sargent majors were laying their eggs. We also dove some lava tubes...dark and mysterious ....large puffers in abundance there. An environmental concern were the several Crown of Thorns that we saw each dive. I did wear a hooded vest since I dove 4 days and would recommend at least a cap . You save 10% for a 3 day min. Night dives are around once a week and they do not participate in the Manta Ray dive in Kona.Snorkelers are also welcome.
Kohala Divers www.kohaladivers.com
808-882-7774
Rebekah Kaufmann ...owner & instructor
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