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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/Royal Kona Resort in

Kona Diving Company/Royal Kona Resort: "OK Resort, and More Good Diving, with a Bonus", Oct, 2017,

by Ron Jyring, ND, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10055 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First, the Royal Kona Resort. We stayed there (for a third time) because it was the site of our conference. There was nothing really wrong with it, just a little old and tired. The rooms were adequate, and I'm pretty sure you could see the ocean from any room. It is in easy walking distance to the main part of the town. We will probably stay there again for this conference. If I were vacationing, I would look somewhere else (but would stay if the price was right).

Second, Kona Diving Co. This is also our third time diving with them. They do a nice job. Their boat is comfortable and the crew are always more than competent. The various DMs are very good at locating the many endemic fish and invertebrates. Our main reason for diving was the Manta Ray Dive. This year it was a 2 tank dive. The first was in the afternoon, with the second scheduled after sundown. MANY boats with both divers and snorkelers show up. This is not a bad thing! The more people, the more lights, the more plankton, the more mantas. However, there were several mantas already on the FIRST dive. During that first, daytime, safety stop, my wife started wildly gesturing towards the surface. Yet another manta?, was my already jaded thought. I looked up, and there was the Bonus:

Bonus: I looked up and swimming towards me was a monk seal! She wrapped her flipper around the mooring line and scooted down to see me! I could have almost touched her face.
Best safety stop ever. Don't know how KDC will top that one! Still I am looking forward the next time. I highly recommend them, even without the monk seal.
Websites Kona Diving Company   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving ND, FL Keys, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cozumel, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Big Island
Closest Airport KOA Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75- Ft/ 23- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions They wanted to know when your tank was half empty, and then 800 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments With all the endemic species, there are a lot of opportunities for great subjects.
The boat had a tub for camera equipment. It was more than adequate for my GoPro. I might have been concerned if I had a $5000 set-up.
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