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You seem to be getting comments about both the Sheraton and Garden Eel Cove sites. I didn't know there was a way to get anywhere near the Garden Eel site from shore, without one heck of a walk (is it even open along the shoreline?).Thanks for your feed back. In terms of making yourself visible to others, did you use a surface float? I thought of doing that but it would seem like a bad idea given that, if all goes well, there will be mantas whizzing around me.
Also, in terms of figuring out whether there will be dive boats arriving on a given date, is there any way to try to anticipate that?
Both times when I went there were only a couple of boats, and both times we dropped to the bottom well away from the boats (no surface floats). I'd have little worry about the surface swim to near the area, but I'd have my light and whistle ready. I went there with a dive charter once where there must have been a half dozen boats or more, and 20 or 30 snorkelers in the mix, so I'd expect the captains are wary of bodies on the surface.
Interest in the Sheraton site by the charters seems to have waxed and waned considerably over the years. Of late I get the impression that it is more regularly visited, but I don't live there and don't even follow it much when I visit. The best bet is probably to go to the hotel and have a drink at dusk the night before you want to try it yourself. Past results are fairly predictive in this case. You could also get the names of the few Keahou Bay based boats that are the more regular users of that site (the rest come from way up at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and will likely go to Garden Eel given the choice), and call them to ask if they are going on a given night. Similarly call Jack's or Big Island or a couple of the other outfits that run manta dives from Honokohau, and ask them as well.
Sorry for the tardy reply, but I don't reliably get notifications of thread activity for some reason.