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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/Hale Maluhia B&B in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Diving Company/Hale Maluhia B&B, Jun, 2014,

by Laurie Gneiding, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7628.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In 30 years of diving, this is the best run operation I've ever experienced. Boat is clean and stable catamaran with room for up to 12 divers. When you get to the dock, they take your equipment and set up/breakdown, wash and store it for the duration. Lots of help getting on gear and getting you in the water. During our four days of diving, there were three DMs who each had no more than four people. You could go off by yourself but we chose to stay with Kerry (owner) who was terrific at finding the critters. First time Pacific diving and we were overwhelmed and thrilled with all the new stuff! Many types of fish, including the endemic black subspecies of the long-nose butterflyfish. Healthy reefs, lots of fish and juveniles, octopus, lobsters, shrimp, and a white-tipped reef shark. DMs excellent at dive profile discussions and explaining fish behavior; however, not enough emphasis on reef protection (i.e., don't touch coral, don't harass the critters).

Supplied a variety of drinks (soda, juices, water) and snacks (cheddar fish, trail mix, finger sandwiches) and can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Shaggy (Tim) provided excellent help for getting you back on board (camera, fins, weight belt handoff) and helped remove BC in water so no strain on backs/knees climbing up the ladder. Other two captains less helpful. No camera table which was a bit of a problem for me.

We stayed at a B&B - Hale Maluhia due to proximity to KDC. Don't bother - it was filthy. See review on TripAdvisor.








Websites Kona Diving Company   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving NJ, NH, ME, Belize, Mexico (Cancun, Cozumel), BVI, Guadaloupe, Turks & Caicos, Dominica, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 74-77°F / 23-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 60-65 feet edge of drop off. Back on boat w/500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments cameras store in 2 freshwater buckets on board. No camera table.
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