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Dive Review of Kona Honu Divers in
Hawaii/Kona

Kona Honu Divers, Aug, 2006,

by John Liston, IL, USA . Report 2731.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maui, Hawaii, Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions It was a guided dive with a dive master. Usually an hour dive time with 500psi on return to the boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
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 Boat did have a photo table and seperate rinse bucket for cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had booked with Kona Honu divers after reading other reports in Undercurrent.
When I am on vacation, I am on vacation. I like dive operations that take your gear, set up you gear, and rinse your gear after the dive. Yes, they have a large boat with a head. Yes, they do take out all levels of divers, and yes, they also take out snorklers.
But they do seperate levels of divers (certified, classes, resort course diveres) and their entry times into the water to maximize your bottom time and to seperate the groups. There was still plenty of room on the boat for your gear at your "station" on the boat. I did like the use of the negative tanks to cut down on your weight.
My son (approximately 25 dives)and I were put in the "certified" group on our day one with Kona Honu Divers with divemaster John. John was great at pointing out critters both large and small on both of our dives. John let the divers using air return to the boat on their own while my son and I managed 67 foot dives with about a 55 minute bottom times on both dives.
On Day 2 with Kona Honu divers our gear was set up at our diving station (Kona Honu took our gear back to the shop to dry overnight and then returned it to the boat). Again my son and I were in the certified group with 4 others and Cynthia was our divemaster/guide for our two tank dive day. Again, after a briefing when we were ready we could go to the stern and get in the water and wait on the surface or underwater for the divemaster and the rest of the group. Again, Cynthia was good at pointing out "critters" and other features at our dive sites. Again, we had two dives with a max deth of about 65 feet and dive times around 55 minutes.
Fresh fruit snacks, animal crackers, water, and soda were available for surface intervals. A freshwater shower is also available after the second dive. On our Day 2 dive we had a longer surface interval as we came upon a pod of pilot whales.
Kona Honu Divers, big boat, good service, and safe diving.

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