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Dive Review of Wanna Dive/Aston Kona By The Sea in
Hawaii/Kailua Kona, Big Island

Wanna Dive/Aston Kona By The Sea, Jun, 2009,

by Steve Nestlerode, CA., USA ( 1 report). Report 5079.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Aston Kona By The Sea is a very nice condo about 15 minutes from Honakohau Harbor where all the dive boats for the Kailua Kona area are located. There is also a Costco nearby. We thought the active volcano would be a big plus and it was fun to go see it but the VOG it creates makes our L.A. smog look mild by comparison. Our Condo had a sunset view but we only saw nice colors 2 nights in 2 weeks. There was a big south swell all the time we were there but Wanna Dive always found a sheltered area with lots to see the 6 days we dove. They even took us out 2 days when my wife and I were the only divers. They also took us on a spectacular Manta Ray night dive with 1 other couple. I highly recommend Wanna Dive. We put a total of 1000 miles on our rental car the days we didn't dive. The Big Island has a lot to see but some of it is more than 100 miles from Kailua. If we go back I will stay at Hilo 3 or 4 days instead of driving back to Kailua, 100 miles in the dark and rain 3 times.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maui, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Taveuni Fiji, Loreto Baja Sur, Beqa Lagoon Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep the dive master in sight and don't suck the tank empty
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Wanna Dive is a 24 foot boat with a maximum of 6 divers so space is at a premium if it is full. They provide camera only, fresh water tubs and do a good job of handing down cameras after your back roll entry and putting it back in the tub when you reboard. The skipper, Steve Frisbie and dive master Cathy are UWPs themselves so they are extra helpful. The alternate dive master, Bob had a 6 inch Etch a Sketch type slate and wrote the names of the unusual critters he found so I could shoot the critter and his name
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