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Dive Review of Sun and Sea Hawaii, Hilo/Hilo Seaside Hotel in
Hawaii/Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Sun and Sea Hawaii, Hilo/Hilo Seaside Hotel, Feb, 2013,

by Stanislaw Zuk, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6884.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Diving in Hilo is basically restricted to shore diving which can be a bit challenging, considering volcanic rocks predominant around Hilo Bay shores. Most of the diving is done in different bays around Richardson Beach Park, and it always involves getting through the rocks, and then passing through high waves.
Northern winds make this side of the island very windy, but thanks to streams and rainforest the fishlife is better than around Kona. Most of it is concentrated around lava rocks, where you can always find at least a few big turtles feeding on the reef, and some nudibranchs. This is not the best diving in the world, but if you are in Hilo it's nice to do a few dives and look at wonderful turtles gliding through choppy surf.
As I've mentioned before getting to water maybe sometimes difficult considering rocks and high surf, but with the right guidance you'll be OK. My dive guide was Phillip, who was the dive shop contractor, and he knew everything about all dive spots there. All you have to do is just to heed his suggestions and everything will be just fine.
Hilo Seaside Hotel is basic, but that is all you need there, because it's close to the local park, and most of your time you'll be traveling in a car to different beautiful spots and national parks in the vicinity. All you need is a decent place to sleep and to park your rental car.
Snorkeling in Richardson Beach Park is very good, where you'll see relatively good fishlife and some green turtles.
Websites Hilo Seaside Hotel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Panama, Bonaire, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Vanuatu, Philippines, Sipadan, Layang Layang, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Toau, Bora Bora, Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives, Rodrigues, Tanzania, Qatar, many others...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 74-77°F / 23-25°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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]
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