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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/n/a in
Hawaii/Kona

Wanna Dive Kona/n/a, Jun, 2012,

by Robin Luberoff, MA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6614.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay with dive master, come up with the first to run out of air
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This was the worst-run dive operation I have ever experienced. I won't go into all the details, but here are a few: We were going on a 2-tank manta ray dive (by the way, the manta ray part of it was extraordinary. I would recommend that to anyone. Not to be missed.), and were told to meet the boat in a marina at 4:00. The boat was on a trailer in the parking lot and they had us waiting for almost an hour in the lot before they were ready to get in the water. We told them ahead of time what equipment we needed and they didn't have some of it with them and had to borrow from another operator. We went to the dive site where we would later see the manta rays for a first check-out dive. The dive master set up our equipment and made a mistake with my husband's set up and his weights which he didn't discover until he was in the water. He was so distrustful after that that he aborted the dive. He was a while on the surface, unable to inflate his BCD, before the captain would lower a ladder for him. The dive master then motioned to me that he would be my dive buddy and then proceeded to ignore me for the rest of the dive. In the break between dives, they provided a snack of one half a sandwich and water, nothing else. The second dive, to see the mantas, was a night dive. The dive master told us to meet at the bottom of the anchor line, so we could stay together, but left there before I and two others were there, so we had to try to keep an eye on him in the dark, and with lots of other divers around, to keep together. I lost him, but luckily one of the other divers was able to find him. At the end of the dive, he brought us up at the wrong boat and we had to swim on the surface, seriously over-weighted, in the dark, surrounded by lots of boats, some of which were starting to move off, and in a very choppy surface. We had been planning to dive again with them the next day but cancelled because we considered diving with them unsafe. I am sorry to be so negetive, but I know I would have liked to have had this information before I went.
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By neal pruchansky in MA, US at Jul 20, 2012 11:46 EST  
My wife commented on Wanna Dive , June 2012, in Hawaii. The gearing up and entering the water was rushed, When my turn to enter the water came, the boat captain came to assist and my BC did not inflate, the hose was not connected. He struggled but said he connected the inflator hose. It seemed ok I rolled into the water and started the swim to the anchor line. noticed that I could not breathe and the BC seemed to have a buoyancy problem. I turned back to the boat called for assistance the dive master had told my buddy to start down before I entered the water. The dive master was not present on the surface . At this point I was having difficulty, couldnt breathe and was getting anxious. I yelled again that I was in trouble and said put down the ladder, which was in the up position. After another shout the ladder was put down and I began an unassisted climb. I told the captain I was not going to dive. I definitely would not recommend Wanna Dive Hawaii
By Robert Halem in CA, US at Aug 27, 2012 19:27 EST  
Neal, did you even check the inflator to make sure it worked before entering the water? That Pre-Dive Buddy Check you learned in your beginning class was there for a reason.
By neal pruchansky in MA, US at Aug 27, 2012 22:10 EST  
certainly you are correct on the need to check and recheck the equipment.had that been the only problem the review would not have been written, but the sources of dissatisfaction were many!
By neal pruchansky in MA, US at Aug 27, 2012 22:10 EST  
certainly you are correct on the need to check and recheck the equipment.had that been the only problem the review would not have been written, but the sources of dissatisfaction were many!
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