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Dive Review of Kohala Divers/NA in
Hawaii/Kona, North Kohala

Kohala Divers/NA, Jun, 2012,

by Karen Woods, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6593.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments While the diving in Kona and North Kohala is not as lush with sea life and coral as Maui or other places I have been, it is still a wonderful Pacific experience. Kohala Divers are a great operation, and full service. They kept and cleaned my gear daily and had it back on the boat for the next day at no charge. Nitrox available and reasonable price. Boat captain Steven was fantastic. did a simple repair on my regulator and freely shared info on equipment repair and brand differences. Robin is a wonderful dive guide and very flexible with profile if you are experienced. Michael was a new guide and very enthusiastic and also flexible on profile with experienced divers. I feel they took great care with the less experienced on the boat and carefully monitored gas consumption of the divers. I have dived Kona twice in past but with Jack's Dive Locker further south in Kona, and I can say that Kohala compares favorably with their experience and service. Another plus is the Shave Ice shop and Kohala burger and taco shop on the upper level of the dive shop strip center. Fantastic for a cheap delicious lunch after diving and an authentic Shave Ice experience ( suggest getting shave ice with a Snow Cap, awesome!!) If you are staying in North Kona (north of the Four Seasons) this is the closest and best dive operator in the region, I highly recommend them. The only negative was 2 divers on my first dive day who freely held onto coral and touched shells and sea life. As far as I could tell, nothing was said to them. Subsequent dives, a good lecture was given on not touching sea life etc.
Websites Kohala Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Costa Rica, Maui, Kona, Maldives, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits loosely enforced. Dive time depended on individual gas consumption. I was allowed to stay down longer and dive master Robin & Mike took me to a few hidden lava tubes after everyone else was out of gas and on surface. Really wonderful to have the flexibility to stay down and explore.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments separate tank for cameras and this is enforced. Divemaster and boat captain (Steven is awesome and very experienced) very attentive to photographers and pointing out small critters and moving slowly to allow photogs to snap pics. On surface my camera fell off my wrist before I snugged up the strap and divemaster Michael quickly saw the problem and dove down to rescue it before it hit bottom.
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