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Kona Hawaii
allstarwa - 12/31/2010 7:56 AM
Category: Travel
Replies: 5

My wife and I are headed to Kona in May. I don’t see a lot of dive sites on this site listed, but does any one have suggestion for both shore dives as well as a diving operation?

Also any one ever ship their gear to a dive operation ahead of time to avoid the baggage fees? We were thinking about it.
sadfish - 12/31/2010 9:50 AM

I just did Kona in Nov. and I used Big Island Divers. 1 808 329 6068 They were AWESOME. They also have a nice web sight. I was going to take some gear but they have everything and it is new so I just took my computer. The whole Kona coast is a dive sight really but Big Island will send you to the good beach sights also.

I did go to a couple other dive shops got no service. I will not say their names cause anyone can have a bad day. The staff at Big Island really made my vacation.
SCUBASMITTY - 12/31/2010 7:06 PM
contact JOE at 808-220-0577ask for the Smitty rate..!!

good wreck diving off of Oahu,and contact’s for ALL the other island’s

dive shop’s use HIS boat....thank me later !
diver-doug - 1/04/2011 7:30 PM

North of Kona is Puako. All along thwe shore is good there, but especially at lot 56. Park by the road and enter at the beach access. swim out to the edge of the lava and drop. there is a lot of structure and swim throughs. South of Kona two step at the place of refuge is a must dive. Some of the best coral in Hawaii around the bowl. Of course you must do the manta dive, a bucket list dive for sure.

allstarwa - 1/06/2011 7:23 PM
Thanks everyone for the input. We can’t wait for the Manta Ray dive.
joeyro16 - 1/10/2011 1:38 PM
been to Kona twice, shore diving is amazing. check out mile marker 4 and the old airport are both big favorites of mine. place of refuge is awesome as well. best hint I can give is get in early (7-8am) to avoid large swells. rented tanks from Jack’s dive locker as we stayed right in town, great place to deal with.