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Advice for 1st trip to Hawaii

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by scubaman33, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. scubaman33

    scubaman33 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston
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    Hi,
    My wife, 4 yr old daughter, and myself are heading to the Big Island and Maui for 7 days each in April. This will be our first trip to Hawaii and I need advice. I am not sure who to use as a dive shop in either location. We will probably be staying in or near the Hilton Waikoloa for some time and the Outrigger Keauhou - unless someone has other suggestions. I do not want to drive to far to the dive shops as i will be leaving my family while I am out diving and don't want to spend the whole day traveling. Also, I am a huge Shark and Manta freak. Any special dives to do? Any good shore dives?

    Sorry for so many questions, I am just want to do this right the first time.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cuddlefish

    cuddlefish Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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    During your time at the Outrigger Keauhou, I would suggest Jack's Diving Locker. They offer a 2-tank morning dive each day as well as the manta dive five nights a week. There are some shops up north for when you stay at the Hilton. Perhaps someone more familiar with shops in that area can advise you. Shore diving is very good. Puako when you are up north and Place of Refuge when you are staying in Keauhou. (Of course there are many more and it always depends on sea conditions!) Do you have a sitter for your 4 yr-old when you are on boat dives?
     
  3. scubaman33

    scubaman33 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston
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    Thanks Cuddlefish.
    No we don't have a sitter. Most likely my wife will stay at the resort while I am diving, which is the reason I probably will not do as many dives. As far as shore diving is concerned, can you just rent tanks and go out, or do you need a guide?
    Thanks
     
  4. diverdiane

    diverdiane Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Far west Texas
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    No guide required, but if you want one on Maui-go out with ShakaDoug. You might want to consider looking for a condo (VRBO.com is a great resource). You get a lot more bang for your buck than staying in a resort. Don't miss the manta ray night dive on the Big Island.
     
  5. diverdiane

    diverdiane Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Far west Texas
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    If you do stay at the Hilton be sure and get off the grounds to see the rest of the island. The Hilton is very beautiful-but in a not real Hawaii-Disneyland way. Makes me sad to think people come to Hawaii and never see the real thing.
     
  6. scubaman33

    scubaman33 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston
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    I agree 100%. We are mainly staying there for my 4yr old. She hates the ocean and loves pools. Don't ask!!
    Thanks for all the info.
     
  7. TeriLeonard

    TeriLeonard Registered

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maui
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    The Manta Ray night dive is a must! I have done it twice, first time with 7 Mantas, second time with 14!!!!! Fabulous!

    I also love the Blackwater Night Dive...not for the faint of heart, but I have done it five times! Tell Matthew I sent you:)
     
  8. scubaman33

    scubaman33 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston
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    With whom did you do the manta dives with? I am so excited to do it!
     
  9. ksegel

    ksegel Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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    Hello, I do agree with the Manta Night Dive, it is the most amazing dive, we used Kona Honu Divers for our dives, they were great!!, could not have been more perfect, Enjoy the diving in Hawaii when you go, we are already booked for May of next year for Kona again :)
     
  10. diverdiane

    diverdiane Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Far west Texas
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    I use Jack's when in Kona. Last time we were there the crew was great one day but horrible the next. I let the shop know and they comped some tanks for shore diving as an apology-I would give them another chance.
     

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