This company operates dive boats off the Kona-Kailua coast on the west side of the Big Island. The boat carries about a dozen ... More
This company operates dive boats off the Kona-Kailua coast on the west side of the Big Island. The boat carries about a dozen divers out to various reefs, lava tubes and underwater canyons. Ghost shrimp, squirrelfish and other exotic sea life hide in the caverns and around the reefs, while spinner dolphins and humpback whales can often be seen from the dive boats. Introductory courses and resort dives are not offered. Call for pricing and reservations.
I dove with Dive Makai in June of this year. They were very professional, friendly and displayed a great sense of humor - which is sorely missing with some guides. They were also gave informative briefings before diving about the marine life we were likely to see, along with some interesting facts about the behaviours of the animals. Would recommned without reservation.
Dive Makai offers a reasonable price with extensive information in a safe environment for anyone's first scuba experience. Although my husband couldn't dive because of athsma (which needs to be mentioned on their website or in their info. packet) and I became too seasick to dive---I still give this company five stars. They were informative, helpful, gracious, friendly, encouraging and understanding. All of these things are REALLY IMPORTANT when you are puking off their portside bow, which I was. They took us back to the harbor when it was obvious that we couldn't participate and I wasn't feeling good on the boat. They offered us seats on the boat later in the week if I felt better and could take some motion-sickness medicine. I was getting out my money to pay them for the trip, as per their contract (if you feel too sick to dive, you still have to pay for the excursion) and the owner refused my money! I was really surprised and impressed by this. He said that we had a bad time and he didn't want us to pay. Dive Makai is an organized, safe, friendly and honorable business. If I have the chance again (and can medicate my sea-sickness!) I'll dive with them. Sure, I didn't feel well and couldn't dive, but their professionalism impressed me to no end. I give them 5 stars, wholeheartedly.
July, 2006 - My two sons (15 and 17) took the intro dive class from Dive Makia. They were excellent, safe and friendly while being "cool" (to quote my oldest). This is one of the few outfits that will take new divers off a boat. It was an experience my oldest son did twice while we were on the island. I would highly recommend this dive company for beginners.
I'd dive again with them in a heartbeat. Big on safety - big on the environment. True Fishhuggers here! I've never seen so many fish exhibit so many different behaviours before. Its changed the way I dive!
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