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Kona Dive Boat Operators

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by Rakdiver, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. Rakdiver

    Rakdiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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    Going to Kona in mid September for 10-12 days, probably 8 dive days, mostly morning boat trips, but will want to do the night manta dive and a few shore dives (solo diver in my travelling party). DM with 200 or so dives (California, Red Sea, Caribbean, Maui and Kauai).

    Which operator would you recommend? Do any of them offer decent multi-day dive packages (Jack's doesn't seem comparable to the package deal I got with Lahaina Divers last year)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
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    All the ops in Kona are very good. They are all priced right about the same as well. We dive mostly by ourselves shore diving but when wanting a boat trip it is usually with Big Island Divers but have gone out with JDL, Kona Honu and others.
     
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  3. Rakdiver

    Rakdiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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    Thanks very much....which shore dives would you recommend?
     
  4. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
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    The water in September should be great. We live on the south end of the island in Ocean View so we like Miloli'i Pier and Da Rack/Haolewood. Two-Step is one of the most famous/popular dives on the island and should be on your itinerary.

    Alot depends on where you are staying. Up towards Puako there are great spots as well as in Kailua-Kona.

    Check out: Scuba Shore Diving Site Listing for: The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands

    Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see all the dive sites.

    The Manta Night Dive should be on your Bucket List...the Black Water dive is highly regarded as a must do as well.

    Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll do what I can to help.
     
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  5. Rakdiver

    Rakdiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
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    Thanks very much...that's really helpful
     
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  6. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    1,501
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    make sure you do the night manta dive it was great when I did it
     
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  7. JR450

    JR450 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Seattle
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    Staying Kailua-Kona at the Royal Kona in June 2020 with both my kids who are certified. My son will have 32 dives but my daughter will only be at 8 when we arrive and she is still considered a junior diver due to age so limited to 40ft. Looking for someone local to join us or point in a good direction for sites suitable for beginners that still provide adventure.
     
  8. lowflyer

    lowflyer Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: SW
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    I would advise you to ask some serious questions of whichever dive op you choose as to what you are going to see. I recently did two dives out of Kona that were the worst salt water dives I have ever done because there wasn't much of interest to see. I won't name the dive op because I don't know if what I saw was normal diving from Kona or laziness on their part. If I were to do it again I would have long discussions with the op about what wild life to expect. I would question what the difference is between long distance sites and close by sites other than a longer boat ride.

    The third dive we did, the Pelagic night dive with Jack's Locker, was very interesting and very well briefed and executed.
     

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