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Dive Review of Pacific Rim Divers in
Hawaii/Kona

Pacific Rim Divers, Oct, 2007,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 3680.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, other Hawaiian islands, Coral Sea, PNG, Indonesia, Cocos, Galapagos, Canada, Calfifornia, Florida, Yap & Palau.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm,surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was a day boat, no expectations. They just have a rinse bucket, period. Same as most dayboats.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Pacific Rim Divers runs a fun and enjoyable day diving operation at the local sites around Kona. They enjoy the #1 recommendation of a very popular Hawaii tourist guidebook called "Big Island Revealed", hence my booking with them. I found them very competent, and they were happy to take us to some quite unique sites, at least as far as I was concerned. The most exciting part of the diving was exploring the various really beautiful underwater lava formations around Kona, with tubes, overhangs, arches, and caves with openings in their roofs. What I appreciate about a dive site is the overall apparent health of the environment, and Kona overall seems healthy still as far as the corals are concerned, although they are not as colorful as those found in more remote pacific destinations, they are still beautiful and not to be taken for granted. Saw swimming turtles, swimming dolphins, some interesting nudibranchs, slipper lobsters, and one really big whitetip sleeping in a cave, along with the usual hawaiian tropicals. My only complaint is the fact that Hawaii is alowing aquarium fish collectors to decimate the small fish population there. It was strange to be diving and see the aquarium collectors nearby. Obviously this needs to be fought at some level to preseve the diving quality and reef health. Overall though, I really had fun and can't wait to go back. Hawaiian diving is unique, very beautiful, relaxing, and I feel underappreciated.
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