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Old 09-25-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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Kona, Hawaii (Kohala Coast) - boat charter or shore dive?

Hi everyone,

Sorry if this is redundant - I've yet to read all the threads within this forum!

Heading to Hawaii this Jan, a place I'm sure many of you more experienced divers have visited. We're staying on the Kohala Coast of the big island (Fairmont Orchid specifically) and most of the lit. I've checked out says that there are great dives from shore, but outstanding boat dives through various companies.

Any recommendations either way? Could anyone be so kind as to recommend an outfit that was especially memorable and/or helpful? How about a great beach to start from?

thanks - mucho appreçiado.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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I was there a year ago last summer. We actually stayed in Kona, which (I think) is about 30 miles south of where you'll be staying. If you don't mind the drive, we used Jack's Diving Locker for all our dives and they were excellent. The signature dive (for good reason) for a lot of those operators seems to be the manta night dive. It was amazing and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Sorry, but we didn't do any shore diving while there.
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The traffic between the Kohala coast resorts and Kailua town seems pretty bad a lot of the time. There is also road construction going on (which I suspect will change it from a 2 lane to a 4 lane parking lot.) If I were staying at the Orchid or anyplace up that way I would research the shops that leave from places north of Kailua harbor. Kona Honu & Wanna Dive leave from Honokohau. Kohala Divers leaves from Kawaihae. May be others. I don't have personal experience with any of them but have heard mostly good things.
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great advice. That's the stuff you don't find on travel websites... Traffic problems! Really appreciate that info.
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