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Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers/Fairmont Orchard in
Hawaii/Kona - Big Island

Pacific Rim Divers/Fairmont Orchard, Feb, 2008,

by Erin Teskey, TX, United States ( 2 reports). Report 3965.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico (Fl & TX), Lake Erie, PA & Ohio quarries, North Carolina, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 73 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 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 second time diving with PacRim. Dove 4 days - 2 tank dives. Patrice & Carlos are a hoot. Very professional, very friendly - every diver was a repeat. Dive with them one time and I promise, you will be back too! They run a 6-pack out of Honokohou harbor - a bit of a drive if you stay in Kahala. Beautiful boat, never crowded, they rinse and store your gear.

The diving is amazing - tons of coral, fish, inverts, turtles. We saw a hawksbill turtle - who kindly stopped and posed for pictures. Marine life was thriving - 2 of the fattest white tip reef sharks I have ever seen, a hunting party of jacks, thousands of fish, a baby frogfish. Patrice is an excellent guide - able to find the smallest creatures. Great pace for photographers. Mostly advanced divers so bottom times were usually 60+ min. Nitrox if you want it - a must for a few of the dives. Winter time surface intervals usually produce breaching humpbacks - babys & moms. But winter brings strong currents, high surf which limits sites.

Highly recommended - but with so many loyal divers, her boat fills up quickly so book early.
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