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Dive Review of Torpedo Tours/Hale Kona Kai in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Torpedo Tours/Hale Kona Kai, Jul, 2005,

by J. Ferguson, VA, USA . Report 1868.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We did a one tank Manta Ray Night Dive with Torpedo Dives. We picked them because they offer one tank dives - most places have two tanks. The new site where the Manta Rays shows up has lots of great night diving in the area, so we were pleased that we didn't just sit and watch for the Manta Rays. Before and after the Manta Ray "show" we dove around the area. Lots of cool stuff.

There were about 50 divers in the area, each holding a light up to attract the mantas. There was also a powerful light in the center. Four manta rays showed up for the feeding - between 8 and 11 foot wingspan. They got to within inches of us. The flips and barrel rolls were awesome to watch.

Torpedo Tours allows a local photographer to video their groups. We got the DVD - it was very expensive ($72 I think).

This is a great dive to do at least once in a lifetime. I'm glad that we did it.
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By Frank G Postillion in AZ, US at Aug 13, 2012 15:54 EST  
Just to add to this report, the captain and wife instructors were very informed and helpful on the Manta Night Dive in 6/2012. We sighted 9 Mantas ranging in wing span from 4 to 12 feet. If you want small groups (we had six of us and three snorkelers)then these are the operators for you. I did my own video and still, and they turned out excellent. My wife and I did another day dive with Torpedo on a Monday and we were the only ones. They dive every day, no shop just excellent service and diving. They are a well kept secret and if you want small groups and well informed guides, then this is your boat operator.
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