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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company in

Kona Diving Company: "Great dive company and DMs", Sep, 2021,

by Leslie Russum, CO, US ( 2 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11650 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I did 20 dives over 6 days (4 were dusk dives and 4 were night dives including 2 Manta dives). It's very different than the Caribbean due to a lack of corals and sea fans due to the volcanic nature of the islands. There are lots of nooks and crannies for critters to hang out in created by the lava flows. There is very ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Kona Diving Company   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cook Islands, Galapagos, Guadeloupe, Tortola, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Dominica
Closest Airport KOA Getting There Easy -- direct from DFW or LAX

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Let DM know at 1/2 and 1/3 tank. Returned to vicinity of mooring by 1/3 tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 Macro is a must -- lots of tiny critters ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ryan Black in MI, US at Sep 17, 2021 15:46 EST  
Very nice pictures! Haven't been to Kona in 4+ years and have been wondering if it was worth the higher cost (as compared to say Cozumel) and hassle of trying to be a visitor in Hawaii (e.g., rental car shortage, etc.). Will probably still hold off for a spell but your review makes me want to keep the door (somewhat) open.
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Sep 21, 2021 10:23 EST  
You saw a Tiger Shark?
By report author: Leslie Russum in CO, US at Sep 21, 2021 10:58 EST  
Yes -- we saw 2 of them (or 1 twice). The first was just cruising the drop off. The other came in an circled us -- there were 2 morays eating a dead moray and the DM thought she came in due to the scent.
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