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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/Holua in

Kona Diving Company/Holua, Mar, 2013,

by Jeff Daniels, MI, US ( 2 reports). Report 6923.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
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 5 stars
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Comments Decided that we wanted to go with an operator that offered a smaller boat. KDC takes a maximum of 12 divers (we had 8-10 for our dives)and provides a divemaster for every 6. Boat is well set up for diving and all the employees work together to make it a good experience. The dive briefings were good and the dive sites are often selected on the fly so you can dive sites that are not crowded. The sites at Kona are better than those I have been to in Kauai. Reef fish are abundant. Corals are in pretty good shape. Octopus and eels (moray and garden)were seen on the dives. ... 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 Caribbean, Australia, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank. No other special accommodations. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Renee Rossin OR, US at Mar 20, 2013 10:47 EST  
Nice report. Are they feeding the mantas to get more of them to the area?
By report author: Jeff Daniels in MI, US at Mar 20, 2013 11:07 EST  
Mantas eat plankton. The dive lights attract the plankton. The mantas come to eat it. In general, the more and brighter the lights, the more plankton, the more mantas. No artificially introduced food is used.
By report author: Jeff Daniels in MI, US at Mar 20, 2013 11:09 EST  
BTW The mantas in Kona are not pelagic. They are coastal mantas who hang around the area all the time.
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