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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/Kona Reef Condos in
Hawaii/Big Island - Kona Coast

Wanna Dive Kona/Kona Reef Condos, Mar, 2010,

by Sherrie Barker, OR, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 5437.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Belize, Utila, Roatan, Fiji, Maui, Lanai, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Hoodsport WA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 72 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile, 3 minute safety stop at 500-700 psi.
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 > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Specific tank for camera gear rinse. Could use space in cabin for maintenance issues.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Steve runs an excellent dive operation. We like the small boats, and the maximum of 6 was great. There were only 4 of us each day, plus our divemaster and Steve on board. Divemasters Bob and Cathy really know the area.

We had excellent visibility even though the water temp had dropped. Adding a vest on the second dive made a world of difference. The dives were all more than an hour. Whales singing made it even better! Conditions were right for Suck 'em Up and it's resident white tip. Skull Cave is fascinating with its topography and critters.

In addition to the usual cast of characters we found two frogfish, a small leaf scorpionfish, several nudis and flatworms, pipefish, medusas, some interesting corals and sponges, and a very photogenic octopus. Everyplace we went there was something to see. Even the eels posed for the cameras.

Topside we had dolphin escorts and whales close to the boat.

We would recommend Wanna Dive Kona without hesitation. Their price is right, they're conscientious, your gear is washed before you get it off the boat, and the interval snack was awesome! They have a new office above Honokohau Harbor.

Kona Reef is all about location. Rent through VRBO or one of the rental agencies. Be sure to check out the Alii Gardens Marketplace - try the Kona Natural Soap.

This is still one of our favorite places to spend a couple of weeks, without a doubt.

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