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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers/Private Condo in
Hawaii/Big Island

Kona Honu Divers/Private Condo, Oct, 2006,

by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3423.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, South Pacific, Hawaii, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our sixth trip to the Big Island. We enjoy it for the endemic species encountered and for the topside attractions. Sometimes we go for 2 weeks and hike in Volcano National Park for a week and then dive week two. We typically rent a private condo. They are plentiful. A favorite source for picking out accommodations in Hawaii is "The Big Island Revealed" by Wizard Pubs. They have books on Kauai and Maui too. We usually find their recommendations right on. We like the Big Island in September and October because kids are back in school and the water is about as warm as it is going to get. First time diving with Kona Honu Divers. Decided to try them after reading good reviews here. Enjoyed our week mightily. Very nice operation. Roomy, Clean, well appointed boat. Friendly and Professional Staff. We even dove the day of the earthquake, October 15, 2006, even though some staff had damage to their own homes. We showed up at the boat after the initial quake (power and water was disrupted at our condo...what were we to do?) A few other folks showed up so out we went. Experienced an aftershock under water which was a first (hopefully last). Not really a big deal...it was a low steady rumble like a cruise ship was parked over you idling! One minor complaint...even though we have 450-500 logged dives each we were often grouped with newbies. No attempt to split up experienced and newer divers. We suppose that was for dive guides benefit so they didn't have all newbies but it is irritating to be held hostage to the person who consumes their air the fastest.
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