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Dive Review of Sea Paradise in
Hawaii/Big Island, Kona Coast

Sea Paradise, Feb, 2009,

by Joann Mead, OH, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4646.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Belize, BVI, Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive master had profile but let experienced divers stay to max time when she went up with those out of air.
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 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No rinse bucket but captain did rinse camera with fresh water hose. Place to store camera in cabin area.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We go to Hawaii every year and generally do most of our diving with Sea Paradise. We believe the diving is better south of Kona than north and they are the only operation south of Kona. Max on boat is 6 divers and although boat is small, it is comfortable and clean. Snacks and drinks are provided after each dive. Generally divers did a giant stride off stern or back roll. Current crew has been there for a couple of years. Captain is OK, could volunteer more help but does help when asked. Gave brief safety briefing each trip. Dive master is conscious of the divers and watches out for them. Would like if if she pointed more things out under water but I guess she is watching the divers. We did not have to come up when the first diver ran out of air so we could do our dive our own profile to some degree. We did 22 dives with them over a 4 week period plus 6 shore dives on our own. This time of year, there is more issue with water conditions and swells. They are very conscious of this and pick the dive sites accordingly. If it is too bad, they don't go out but that only happened the first few days we were there.
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