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Kailua Kona, Hawaii
November 25, 2009
Boynton Beach, Florida
July 21, 2003
Their boat is well-equipped. While not luxurious, it has an ample back platform and shade to escape the sun, about the only two things we require. The crew is more than happy to set up your gear for you, to change tanks in between dives, and to remove it from the boat, rinse it, and store it if you plan on making more than one trip with them. However, if you prefer to set up your own gear, they will be content to stand aside and let you do it, if that's your pleasure.
We visited many lava tubes and reefs -- no wrecks. The vistas were complemented by good visibility, in the 60' range. The marine life was always abundant, with many Moorish idols and other needle-nose tropicals that are so common to the area. Although we hunted for the elusive flame angelfish, we never saw one. Seems aquarium suppliers have over-fished for them and they are becoming endangered.
What we did get to see, thanks to Mitch who is a fabulous divemaster, was a lionfish. My heart was beating so when he found it for us that I thought I'd hyperventilate! It was a juvenile, for certain, but perfect in every way! The spikes were open and protruding, as if to warn, "Look, but don't you DARE touch!" It was the highlight of our six dives!
We saw many, many honu, the indigenous sea turtle. Some didn't seem to mind seeing us at all and others hid from us under the ledges.
No manta rays this trip, at least not on dives. We did see one while snorkeling at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort!
The other dive masters are extremely knowledgeable. The boat captain has lived all his life on the Big Island, growing up in Hawi. He peppered his dive lectures with fun stories of what it was like growing up in this extraordinary island.
If you want to do some shore diving, such as the Place of Refuge, Sea Paradise will lend you tanks for no charge. We did this on two occasions.
For personalized care and knock-out trips, even for the experienced diver who thinks he has seen what underwater Kona has to offer, this operation can't be beat. We're 13 year dive enthusiasts and Sea Paradise ranks up in the top three dive operators we have chosen to dive with.
From journal Nirvana on The Big Island