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Mauna Kea manta snorkel on your own

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by DougieG, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
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    Yes, wear a wetsuit. A 5 mil and hood would be a good idea.
     
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  2. Bernhelm

    Bernhelm Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco, CA
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    I wore a 2/3 in November and was toasty, other times I just wear my skin suit. Just depends on your cold tolerance and how long you want to be out there.
     
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  3. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
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    Mid-October to early December I'm happy in 3 mm shortie.
     
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  4. lylefk

    lylefk Garibaldi

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    Aloha, Maui here. I apologize for my ignorance, but can anyone point me to any information about this snorkel/dive? I'm taking my fiance over there for her birthday in a few weeks and I was planning on doing the Sheraton location on our own. Sounds like this might be a whole lot less of a zoo and a better experience.

    Mahalo!!

    Lyle
     
  5. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
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    242
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  6. lylefk

    lylefk Garibaldi

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    Location: Eugene, OR
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    I'm familiar with the boats, I understand it's a zoo. Would prefer to do either location from shore, no time limits and I can freedive.

    Thanks
     
  7. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
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    Go Sheraton (Keauhou Bay) any time of day. We've seen up to 5 mantas there with no humans around. Spotted eagle rays almost every dive. A school of 5 of them once, and once one ray was so huge we mistook her for a manta at first.
     
  8. Volksfolks

    Volksfolks Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kohala Hawaii
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    @jonhall sorry, I just saw this. That really depends on you, I dive a 1mm year round here. Water temp that time of year should be about 78 deg.
     
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  9. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
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    Thanks. I'll be taking a 3mm full or a shortie with me for diving.

    Was wondering more about what the 2 wives in our group could get away with snorkeling in the evening/night, but 78ยบ gives me a pretty good idea.
     

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