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Dive Review of Wanna Dive in
Hawaii/Kona Coast

Wanna Dive, Aug, 2008,

by Robert Halem, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 4271.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was an excellent operation in terms of both dive sites and customer care. I did both the evening Manta dive and a morning two tank dive. The evening dive was the classic Kona Manta dive, a twilight dive at Garden Eel Cove, followed by the Manta dive after dark at the same location. This was my second attempt at a Manta dive. I was assured that the Manta show up about 90% of the time, last year they didn't. This year it was looking that I was a bad omen for Mantas. We had broken the "campfire" where everyone sits with lights aimed up and were headed for the reef to look for morays when someone sighted one Manta. One was all it took. She (I think it was a she) stayed in our area for 30-40 minutes, constantly swooping right over our heads and then heading up a little to do loops and rolls. It is quite an experience, to have that two foot wide mouth heading right at your face, only to peel off a foot or two away. On some passes, she even brushed across my head. You aren't supposed to touch them, but what can you do when they touch you? Those 40 minutes are some of the best time I have ever spent underwater. Two days later, I went out with Steve (Captain & Owner) and Bob (DM) again. This was for a normal morning two tank dive. We dove Shark Fin where we went down about 120 feet looking for some special fish (that didn't appear) and then slowly swam up so that our total time wasn't significantly reduced. The second dive at Thunder Cave include a very short entry into a cave (about 15 feet). The surge causes it to feel like a rumbling thunder when you are in the cave. Who said that water wasn't compressable. One of the highlights of this trip was the whale shark that swam across above us while we were on the reef. What a big fish!! All in all, this is a first class operation with care for the environment, and interest in the underwater creatures and excellent service to the divers. It is a six-pac boat, so there isn't a lot of space so book early. My only complaint, and it was a very minor one, was that there should be more munchies on board during the surface interval and for the ride home. Not a big issue since I always bring my own along.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Monterey, Florida, Cancun, Carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep the DM informed of air status, notify at 1500 and 700.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No table, boat is too small, but rinse tank and great care taken for your camera.
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