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Dive Review of Kona Ocean Adventures/Marriott Vacation Club in

Kona Ocean Adventures/Marriott Vacation Club: "Dive with the Mantas - best crew ever", May, 2021,

by Don Jennings, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11537.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Like most everyone else we were taking our first vacation in a year. Several divers went to the Big Island of Hawaii with the express goal of going on a night dive with the Manta Rays. After researching several places we picked Kona Ocean Adventures. The reviews were wonderful and, if we didn't see Mantas on that dive we could come back and try again for free. We chose the two tank dive, one in the late afternoon followed by the Manta Ray night dive.

The crew had been out of work for a year and had only been back to work for a couple of weeks. They were amazing. Two of our group have had 1,000's of dives on boats all over the Caribbean, Hawaii and California and we agreed we had never had a crew as enthusiastic and focused on making our dives fun and enjoyable. Two our our group were very inexperienced divers, one had only dove in a quarry before these dives, and the crew took great care of them and made sure they were comfortable with the dive. The first dive was very nice, the guide accommodated our wishes to find a swim-thru that was large enough for the inexperienced divers to feel comfortable. We saw surprisingly healthy coral, with lots of different fish and eels. Very relaxing warm-up dive for the big event.

Given the goal was to see the Mantas, the second dive couldn't have been a better dive. We sat on the bottom and 6 Manta Rays performed a beautiful ballet in front of us, sometimes being so close we could touch them. We estimated the biggest was over 12 feet from wing-tip to wing-tip (there were several divers side-by-side in front of us that made the task of estimating easy). As one member of our party put it, "it was a life-changing event."

I would gladly go back on the Manta Ray dive with Kona Ocean Divers again.
Websites Kona Ocean Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, several Carribean Islands, several Hawaiian Islands, Florida
Closest Airport Kona - KOA Getting There We had a direct flight from San Jose, California so no problems.

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions First dive, follow the guide, Second dive, sit on the bottom and watch the Manta Rays swim by.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

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