Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers in
Hawaii/Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Pacific Rim Divers, Dec, 2004,

by Brian and Kaye Walsh, HI, USA . Report 1517.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This trip was our second spent with Patrice at Pacific Rim Divers on the Kona Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. The boat is a clean and shiny six-pack launched each morning from the marina. A recent makeover has made the boat seem larger and is easy to maneuver in gear. They set up for you before coming aboard and make the entry and diving as easy as possible, great for beginners such as my daughter who with us this trip. Patrice is extremely knowledgeable about the area and all its spots and is more concerned about good dives for her guests than getting to the closest spot and get it over with. Her boat captains have always been much like her, competent and pleasant with great attitudes. Divers can either stay with her, and boy can she spots things, or range out on their own within reason. Your bottom time is limited only by your own air and she will stay out with you as long as you last. Our dives were always over an hour bottom time as the coast of the Big Island is generally a gradual slope allowing you to go to 80 feet or so and then drift up the shelf exploring. There is a protected zone on the coast where there has no fish collection allowed for many years so the tropicals are plentiful as well as eels and many little critters such as shrimp and nudibranches. We stopped and watched schools of dolphins each morning as we left the harbor. Water, snacks (including yummy brownies) and a warm water shower on board and extremely competent and pleasant people make for a very enjoyable dive experience.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo in Mexico, Belize, Bermuda, Florida Keys, liveaboard in the Bahamas, 3 trips to the Caymans including liveaboard, and Oahu where we live.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 70-72°F / 21-22°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive limits only, 120 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 642 dive reviews of Hawaii and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.


Want to assemble your own collection of Hawaii reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.09 seconds