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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Diving Company, Dec, 2012,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 6839.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
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 4 stars
Comments Our first trip with Kona Diving Company. In previous years we have used Jack's, but they seem to have fallen into the large-shop style of recreational diving, and we wanted something a little smaller and more intimate. The staff at KDC were great, both in the shop and on the boat. Everyone was very friendly and helpful; they all seemed to really enjoy the diving we did together. The boat is a bit tight on space, but they managed it well and people seemed to get out of each others way very smoothly. Diving was standard Kona diving---outstanding, incredible, and wonderful, as always. The on-boat guides were all very well informed about dive sites. Our captain and crew picked protected sites because there was a lot of swell/surge coming through before xmas, but we weren't short-changed on any of them. Finding critters was easy, but some of the more interesting specimens were volunteered by our underwater guides too.
I don't have bad things to say about Jack's, but on my next trip, I'm going to give Kona Diving Company the first phone call to see if they have room on their boats for me. A great laid-back experience, very safe, very smooth, and very nice folks.
Websites Kona Diving Company   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, South Pacific, Mexico, Latin America
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No specific restrictions other than "recreational scuba limits, no deco obligation."
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Tanks on board the boat; staff very knowledgeable and helpful with photo subjects and technique.
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