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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company/King Kamehameha in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Diving Company/King Kamehameha: "Kona Diving and Manta Night Dive", Nov, 2016,

by Robert M Symington, BC, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9754.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Water was colder than the usual Caribbean diving we often due and were were warned that full 2 or 3 mil would be required and even 5 mil for those who are sensitive to the cold.

Reefs were badly damaged due to the El Nino with about 20% surviving. The poor tropical fish were struggling to find enough shelter in the living corals.

Large lava rock formations dominated and diving was along the edges of the island in the strong surge zone.

Saw a large frog fish swim which was a first and did the night Manta Dive along with a number of other boats. 3 or 4 Manta's who put on a shown for 20 minutes or so.

Had fun and it was generally a good dive operation however the diving itself was on the whole not very interesting.

Hotel was typical 3 star and the food generally acceptable but pretty ordinary.

Did not hate it but would not go back.
Websites Kona Diving Company   King Kamehameha

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Honduras, St Lucia, St Vincent Grenadines, Cayman, British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta
Closest Airport Kona Getting There Easy flight in from Vancouver and a short drive to the hotel

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All guided, no independent diving allowed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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