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Dive Review of Kona Diving Company in

Kona Diving Company: "Great dive company and DMs", Sep, 2021,

by Leslie Russum, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 11650 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I did 20 dives over 6 days (4 were dusk dives and 4 were night dives including 2 Manta dives). It's very different than the Caribbean due to a lack of corals and sea fans due to the volcanic nature of the islands. There are lots of nooks and crannies for critters to hang out in created by the lava flows. There is very little current but you can have some surge which makes it a bit harder to see the small stuff. Water temps were warm 80-82F. I wore only dive skins but most people wore all 2-3mm wetsuits. Covid protocols are followed and lunches are packed in advance by the company. The boat is clean and only the staff handles the cooler and water jugs to prevent too many hands on things. We were allowed to dive until we were down to 1/3 of a tank -- this meant very long dives, typically 70+ minutes! All the DMs were good, but Daniel was a level above. He was an expert at finding nudis, eels, shrimp and octopus. He genuinely loves his job and it shows. The night time manta dives are worth it - such a great experience. If you have a video light, that also attracts them and I was lightly grazed by them several times as they came in to eat the plankton my light attracted. The boats are well appointed and in good, clean working order with adequate sun covering and a hot water shower. There are 2 large rinse tanks on the boat for cameras. The crew takes very good care of you, doing all your setup and tank changes, defogging masks, etc. At the end of the day if you are returning, they will take your BCD and regulator set to the office and rinse and hang it to dry if you wish.
Websites Kona Diving Company   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cook Islands, Galapagos, Guadeloupe, Tortola, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Dominica
Closest Airport KOA Getting There Easy -- direct from DFW or LAX

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Let DM know at 1/2 and 1/3 tank. Returned to vicinity of mooring by 1/3 tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Macro is a must -- lots of tiny critters
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ryan Black in MI, US at Sep 17, 2021 15:46 EST  
Very nice pictures! Haven't been to Kona in 4+ years and have been wondering if it was worth the higher cost (as compared to say Cozumel) and hassle of trying to be a visitor in Hawaii (e.g., rental car shortage, etc.). Will probably still hold off for a spell but your review makes me want to keep the door (somewhat) open.
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Sep 21, 2021 10:23 EST  
You saw a Tiger Shark?
By report author: Leslie Russum in CO, US at Sep 21, 2021 10:58 EST  
Yes -- we saw 2 of them (or 1 twice). The first was just cruising the drop off. The other came in an circled us -- there were 2 morays eating a dead moray and the DM thought she came in due to the scent.
By Roy jennings in CA, US at Aug 22, 2022 12:10 EST  
Any insight on their advanced adventure dives? Thank you.
By report author: Leslie Russum in CO, US at Aug 22, 2022 14:44 EST  
The auto email stated you were looking for recommendations on a place to stay. We rented a VRBO (Property #1059224) which was a 2 bed, 1 bath ground floor unit. It was perfect - small kitchenette and nice living room with patio. Up in the hills so it was cool at night and a great property owner (Kayla Jensen). it was 10 min from the dock! We didn't do an advanced adventure dives - but we did the manta dive and a night dive on the reef.
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