Kona Honu Divers
Kona Honu Divers
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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2022

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Jolynda C
Puyallup, WA9 contributions
Oct 2022
This outfit is great. From customer service on the phone, to the charters, to service at the shop. We did two different tours. The first with Milo and Capt Tom for the Manta-Ray night dive. Both dives that evening were wonderful. The first dive to get to know the area to the second dive watching the Manta Rays dive and twirl. This group was great from setting up our gear to offering to keep our gear and deliver it for the next day's dive.

For the next day we did the long-haul dives. Kendal and Capt Justin were very informative and a lot of fun. Our gear showed up from the evening before with no issues. They set everything up and took a vote on where the group would like to go. Both dives were great even though we had bad weather on the second dive. No issues, since we were able to find a calm cove to explore and have fun.

I will definitely come back to these folks and do more than one day/tour. Thank you for the great memories!
Written October 31, 2022
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David K
1 contribution
Aug 2021
2 tank Manta Ray dive delivered 6 manta rays over 45 minutes. This outfitter provided a large high quality dive boat and a skilled captain & crew that accommodated everyone, regardless of diving experience. I would highly recommend this outfitter and specialty dive for divers of all skill and experience levels.
Written August 20, 2021
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HoustontravelinDave
Houston, TX44 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Captain John and dive masters, Kevin and Julia made the trip great. They were professional, friendly and made sure we were prepared for the dives. The boat and rental gear is all in excellent condition. My personal regulator developed an issue so they quickly swapped it out with one of theirs to make sure there were no surprises. The first dive is a great way to get refamiliarized with your gear and the underwater environment. That way you are prepared for the big show…..Manta Rays! After a short break to swap tanks, eat lunch, tell tall tales about our first dive, we had the briefing for the manta dive. Wow did we get lucky! Once we got into our positions on the bottom, the show was intense. There were already several large rays cruising around us but, before long there were 18 of these massive rays jockeying for position. They just glide though the area inches from you. It seems like it just can’t be real. They were huge and so many of them. While I’m comfy on the bottom, a large green eel (Frank) swims right up to me and goes between my legs and stops to look at everyone else……while still between my legs. He decides to just chill for a bit. This is the second time I have done this dive with Kona Honu divers and they did not disappoint.
Written October 16, 2021
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Adlai_n_Ewie
St. Petersburg, FL45 contributions
Aug 2021
What a pleasure to be diving with a company with dive masters that love what they do and care tremendously about their guests and guest experiences.

My partner and I had two 2-tank dives with Kona Honu, including an evening with the Manta Rays. Each and every dive was professionally led by a great crew who spent the time teaching us about the sea life we would see and had incredibly eyesight to point out everything along the way. Their passion for diving and attention for the guest experience created an environment where we had great fun, met new friends, and enjoyed each others company.

Based on other dive company experiences in Kona - Kona Honu truly is the best. Would strongly recommend them to all looking for a great experience and great diving around Kona!
Written September 3, 2021
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JJTripper
Orlando, FL71 contributions
Feb 2020
First off, let me say that this company was very professional and all the dive instructors were very helpful.
Problem was the weather was very overcast, water was 77 degrees and very choppy. We failed to see any manta rays at all.

We checked in at the marina at 3:15pm and waited for everyone to show up. Left close to 4pm for a 30-45 minute ride to dive site. The first dive was at the same manta ray site. It was a meaningless dive with very little to see on the lava rock bottom. The biggest fish I saw all night was a boxfish. That was it. No sharks, eels, turtles, manta rays, nothing! Did see a 3-4’ trumpet fish but that was it. We did see a bunch of garden eels but big whoop! They always duck down when you get near them so nothing interesting

After this first dive, we had some food and drinks and waited probably an hour and a half for darkness. The snorkelers swam a floaty with handles on it to the fire pit area where it was lit up to attract the plankton. Scuba divers then went in with more flashlights to also attract the plankton and, normally, the mantas. However, none came in. There were 6 other boats in the same area all doing the same thing.

If the mantas come in, this is a fabulous thing to see. This turned out to be a very choppy boat ride with very cold water and nothing to see for approximately $210 per person if you rented their good equipment and wet suit. They also took care of us so all we did was go to the back of the boat and they brought our gear to us. Very nice. They even changed tanks between dives so all we had to do was dive. No cleaning equipment afterwards on our part.

None of the negative things I mentioned are the operator’s fault. Be aware there are nights when you will not get to see the wonderful mantas.
We returned to the marina around 9 pm.
Written February 17, 2020
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AnonDiver
New York City, NY39 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Really there are no complaints, I did the long range so smaller boat and only 5-6 divers. Milo, the guide, had great eyes for nudibranch. Taka was a great captain, the dives were good, it was a mixed nitrox/air group so we dove air table which was fine (safety Marin is the reason to dive nitrox anyway) max depth was about 60’, I think you had to dig a hole if you wanted to go deeper. Also, I don’t know where they got their sandwiches for lunch but they were super good.
Written November 25, 2022
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Tristan K
San Francisco, CA9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Can’t recommend the Manta dive enough. It’s luck of the draw, but we saw 11 different Mantas and up to six at a time soaring through the water, doing barrel rolls, and skimming inches from our face.

An unbelievable experience. Even Frank the local eel put on a show in the underwater campfire area in the darkness. Just do it!
Written August 31, 2021
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anonymousturtle7362
Seattle, Washington39 contributions
Jul 2021
We did several charter dives, the manta ray night dive, and blackwater dive with Kona Honu divers and had an absolutely incredible time. Their rental gear was very nice, the boats were nice, and chips/water were available on board.

We especially enjoyed the divemaster Dominic, who was super chill and knowledgeable about the wildlife. He showed us super uncommon tinkerbell butterflyfish, and we saw a monk seal. We loved seeing him again on the boat throughout the week.

The manta ray night dive was absolutely mind-blowing and the shop did a great job. We did the blackwater dive with Jeff Milisen, the guy who wrote the book on blackwater diving, and it was an honor learning from him.
We dived with several shops and noticed that a lot of dive shops in Kona touch sea life. Something to be aware of. 
Written July 30, 2021
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Laura D
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Two Tank Local Dive: Kona Honu dive company’s pristine reputation is well earned! I cannot praise them enough. We had to change our dates and they were accommodating, flexible and kind. Despite being nervous, both dives on our ‘Two Tank Local Dive’ went beautifully. Our dive master, Rob, retired pilot who has thousand-plus dives under the belt, was knowledgeable, fun, careful, and charming. He refreshed our minds, pointed out amazing sea life and kept us safe and comfortable. He can meet any skill level and enhance it beautifully and carefully maximized each diver’s underwater time. Captain John was brilliant, flawlessly bringing us to the best sites, and lingering by the spinner dolphins as long as we wished. Professional, smart and easy to trust. They had a beautiful roomy boat, warm shower, well stocked, excellent equipment, snacks, drinks and reference books. Worth the money. Many repeat divers on our trip for good reason. We would choose them again.
Written October 22, 2021
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randolphc129
San Mateo, CA10 contributions
Jan 2020
Walked into the dive shop on 01/17/2020, after renting a car next door (Enterprise). Staff at the shop was great, explained the different types of dives they offered and price. Had never done a night dive or seen Manta Rays in person, when I heard about this dive I was sold.

On 01/20/2020 met the crew at the pier around 2:30. Crew was Captain Luke and Kevin H. Went out for a 45 minute boat ride until we arrived at the first dive spot. Kevin had all the gear ready for the divers on the boat. Obviously check your gear (doesn't hurt). Liked the setup they have to get you into the water. You don't have to walk several feet on a rocking boat with flippers on. They have a single person seat where you sit, they bring your gear to you, take three steps and your in the water.

Since the first dive was pretty early in the afternoon, there was still a lot of sunlight. Amazing sea life.

We came back up and there were snacks and drinks as we waited for about an hour and a half until sunset. The crew told us about cool things to do on the Island as well as their experience. The boat drifted maybe 200 yards to the second dive location. I was a little nervous since I had never dove at night, Kevin explained what to expect. Each diver is provided a flashlight and your dive master has a different flashing light from the group as well as everyone else in the water. Easy to know where Kevin was, since he had a red light.

While down there we were able to see a large Manta. We did a little reef dive and returned back to the (fire pit) to continue observing the manta ray. I used a Go Pro Hero 4 for this dive. Kevin advised me to leave my camera on the factory setting. Got some amazing videos and photos.

One of the best dives I have ever done in my life. If you are on the big Island and certified to dive, skip the booze one night and do the dive. Well worth it. We were back around 8pm.
Written February 4, 2020
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