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“Great dive company!”
Review of Kona Honu Divers

Kona Honu Divers
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Kona Honu Divers is locally owned and operated. From the moment you step into the shop or prepare to board our boat, you become part of our "ohana" or family. Our boat is safe and comfortable. Our dives are guided by knowledgeable instructors who brief you on what to expect to see before you enter the water. Encounters with dolphin, turtles, and manta rays are common in the placid Kona waters.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Kona Honu is a great company. My family and I have 2 divers and 2 snorkelers. The diving is top notch! Their dive masters really take care of the divers. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Small dive groups. Max of 6 divers per dive master or you can get a private dive master for additional $100. We opted for the private dive master, which was great! Sandy took my husband and daughter to locations at Shark Alley and Great Arch that the other groups didn’t go. They swam through tunnels which my daughter loved. Sandy directed them to great spots. They saw a turtle, several eels, puffer fish among other marine life. Sherry was a second dive master who was with them. Also super nice and experienced. My husband and daughter felt well taken care of. On their second dive day, they had Sam as their dive master. Also really nice. One thing we would’ve liked to change is on our second excursion, there was a VERY STRONG current. I’m not sure if the conditions changed suddenly but a different location without current would’ve been preferred. The current freaked out a couple of divers.

The boat is your basic dive boat. Nothing luxurious but gets the job done. They provide a nice array of snacks, the best of which is the best tasting pineapple ever!! There’s also drinking water on board.

Kona Honu has all the equipment available and ready for divers. You literally can come with just your swim suit on. We brought our own snorkel and masks. We did a total of 3 excursions with Kona Honu. 2 morning dives + 1 manta ray dive. My daughter can’t stop talking about the amazing Manta Rays! They are huge, beautiful and graceful!

Please note that their excursions are centered around the divers, NOT the snorkelers. So snorkelers are left to ourselves. It’s pretty easy to find interesting marine life in the larger reefs, but there’s no guide for the snorkelers.

Bottom line, great outfit. Takes care of divers well. Easy going. Even rinsed my personal wetsuit for me.

Highly recommend!

Thank Jeanne P
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KHD96740, Shop Staff at Kona Honu Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2018

Aloha Jeanne P

I am stoked to hear that you were able to do multiple charters with us and that your family got to do some incredible diving. We take pride in putting our customers first and making sure that they have a wonderful time all while feeling completely safe. Having a private guide can make such a difference and be totally worth it, especially for those who haven't been in the water for a while or just would like a little more attention if they are anxious. We also require a private guide go with our junior open water divers between the ages of 10 and 11 as an additional safety measure.

It sounds like your daughter saw some amazing wildlife and will have those memories for years to come. The Mantas truly are magical and leave such an impression on everyone who encounters them.

I'm glad you found the crew and accommodations (equipment, gear, water, snacks and of course the pineapple) on the Honu One delightful and ready to use. Our diving "vallet" service makes it super convenient and very easy to get in and out of the water so guests can get to do what they love the most...stress and hassle free. I'll be sure to pass the Kudos on to Sandy Shari and Sam. We are lucky to have them on board and appreciate the incredible amount of knowledge they bring and share with our guests.

While the morning charters usually attract more divers than snorkelers our captains do try and pick locations that are favorable for both diving and snorkeling, based on the weather and ocean conditions of course. Often guests are unaware of the amazing pristine snorkeling opportunities that are available from our 40 different dive sites. Hiring a private snorkel guide is always an option, but perhaps we can look into providing a morning snorkel guide for those who are not certified divers. Nonetheless, I'm glad you were able to take advantage of it and experience snorkeling the beautiful reefs along the Kona Coast. (Not to many people can say they snorkeled where you did.)

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and for providing some insight on ways we can improve. We genuinely appreciate your feedback and hope to see you onboard in the future.

Sincerely,
Ashlie

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Awesome time! We lucked out with 17 beautiful, majestic mantas coming out to play with us! Big Bertha (always a marvel) to see was there, along with Eli, who was made famous by the news when he got injured by a motor prop. On this night he came by he had a fishing line with a floater wrapped around him. He circled around us, and hovered near our dive leader Kevin, and Kevin was able to remove it with his knife! Awesome job! We will definitely be back soon!

Thank chadderck2018
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KHD96740, Shop Staff at Kona Honu Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Aloha chadderck2018,

So happy to hear that you were able to experience the beauty and wonder on our Manta Night charter. Seventeen mantas is amazing! With Big Bertha herself is quite the show stopper. We are glad that Eli is on the mend and doing much better too. Our dive guides are very experienced and prepared to help our underwater friends whenever necessary and it sounds like Kevin was at the right place at the right time. (Good Job Kevin!) I will be sure to let him know how much his efforts were appreciated. We would love to have you come back and dive with us again. Our Black Water Night Dive is also very fun and interesting. If your looking for something different we would love to show you.

Mahalo,
Ashlie

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Incredible night dive with a GREAT crew. Conditions were shady while on land, but the crew did a great job and it went well. 17 mantas including Bertha, Kai-Zed, Linda and others!!! Nice to see the dive master help out one that had fishing wire wrapped around it. Kevin helped me with my camera while underwater which made a difference in the videos!!! Do this dive 2-3 times a year and wouldn't do it without using Kona Honu Divers..

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Thank alohablm808
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KHD96740, Shop Staff at Kona Honu Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Aloha alohablm808,

We love our return customers and can't thank you enough for choosing Kona Honu Divers to meet your diving needs and to make more manta memories. We are fortunate to have such an amazing crew who go beyond their scope of duties to make the best experiences possible for our guests and our underwater companions. If your not already a member be sure to checkout our Ohana Dive Club Program (must have valid Hawaii ID and live on island for at least 6 months) which offers lots of great discounts on charters, shop merchandise, tank rentals, air fills and other VIP events. Thank you for the review and we to see you on the Honu One again soon.

Best Wishes,
Ashlie

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We did the Manta Snorkel because my husband did the Manta Dive with them before and had a good experience. A short boat ride out and we were given a briefing and went out for our first snorkel. We saw a manta and it swam under us for quite some time. We were able to see a lot of fish, the staff was knowledgeable on the location and where to take us. Back to the boat for refreshments of wraps, chips, cookies. Then the evening Manta Snorkel. The staff did a great job keeping the divers and snorkelers separate and gave us plenty of time in the water. My husband said the snorkel was good but as a diver (none of us other than him dive) it was better from the divers perspective as the mantas swim much closer to them.

We all enjoyed the trip.

Thank Savvy S
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KHD96740, Scuba Instructor at Kona Honu Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Aloha Savvy S
Wonderful to hear you had a good time. Don't feel short changed on the manta snorkel, they come right up under you as you experienced. Sometimes divers just like the mantas diving better. Although we have a lot of divers that dive the manta and then come back and snorkel it too. I'm so glad you where able to do the two snorkel manta charter too because you were able to see all of our beautiful tropical fishes. People that do the single manta snorkel only see the mantas, which is definitely fantastic, but they miss out on the other cool animal life Kona has to offer.
Mahalo
Stacey

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Best Dive Ever! I am a masters trained diver and have experienced dive companies all over the world! This company is the best quality and experience. First, they have you sign the waiver electronically. Second, when you arrive a nice lady checks you in at a display table. She gives free pens and cool looking stickers. Third, the crew does everything for you from setting up your gear to switching between dives. When you enter the water all you have to do is mask and flipper up. The captain hands you your camera and gear on the back deck. The customer service prevents guests from losing their balance on the rocking boat. Fourth, the briefing covers safety and has pictures of the sea life likely to encounter. Lastly, one couple had difficulties diving. The husband could not clear his ears and the wife was a bit nervous as a new diver. Their dive master spent a lot of time discussing the physiological aspect of diving and the psychosocial challenges. His tips I found very helpful for even a seasoned diver as myself. In addition I heard the dive master tell the couple that he would talk them on a separate dive to enhance their skills. He even offered dive time on his own time and penny. Overall, the quality and customer service exceeded and other boat dive trip that I have ever experienced. The topping on the cake was the manta rays of course. This adventure is a must do!!!

Thank Amy l
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KHD96740, Shop Staff at Kona Honu Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Aloha Amy,

Picture someone bursting with happiness and smiling ear to ear. This is the ultimate review and what we work so hard for and strive to accomplish for our customers. I am ecstatic to hear that your dive with us was the "Best Dive Ever" and that we were able to give you the highest quality experience you could of asked for. It's true, we literally do all of the work from setting up your tank and weights to helping you put on your BCD. All you have to do is do your pre-dive safety check, jump in the water and start blowing bubbles. It is our job to make diving fun and as easy as possible for everyone. Our crew is one of the best out on the water and we are so lucky to have their experience and expertise. Also glad to hear that you enjoyed the pens and free stickers. Often people don't realize that we have other fun souvenirs and trinkets in our dive shop so tell your friends or feel free to stop by next time your on island. Our shop staff is wonderful and loves to help pick those little special somethings out. And last but not least the MANTAS!!! Personally my favorite and always the highlight for anyone who goes and gets to experience their majestic-ness. They simple are amazing and leave you in awe. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We would love to have you come back and dive with us again.

A Hui Ho,
Ashlie

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